What Can I Do With This Major?

Excited for Declaration of Major Day next week? The CCPD’s resource, “What Can I Do With This Major?” gives you some great ideas of not only career paths but links to job outlooks, professional networks, etc.

Whether you’re exploring majors or searching for information about your chosen field, this website will help. Learn typical career areas and types of employers that hire in these fields, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate. Continue your research through the websites provided.

“What Can I Do With This Major?” is only available through the Resource Library in Handshake.

Logo for What Can I Do With This Major service with additional logo stating Kalamazoo College CCPD and Handshake

Meet a K grad in your field at a Hornet Huddle!

K students,

60+ alumni have signed up to meet with you 1:1 via Zoom during Winter Break. Read on…

A 20-minute meeting with a K alum in your field of interest could change your life. Or… if it doesn’t “change your life”, it can at least give you some solid direction/advice!

Hornet Huddles are now open in Handshake. You can sign up for as many as you’d like. Each of these alumni have multiple appointments available, and students may sign up for as many as they wish. All students can sign up, regardless of major or class year. 

To sign up, students should log in to Handshake, click on Career Center, Schedule an Appointment, and then find the alum they are looking for. Availability will range from Monday December 6 through Wednesday December 8, and all meetings will occur on EST, via Zoom. 



Career Studio Now Open!

The Career Studio, located in Dewing Basement, is a dynamic drop-in space where all K students can stop by without an appointment with “Life After K” questions. Student Career Ambassador staff can answer questions about resumes, cover letters, job and internship searches, and more!

The Studio is open Monday through Friday from 10 am – 2 pm for unlimited visits during Fall Weeks 2-10. It is closed on College holidays.Center for Career and Professional Development

Collaborate with the CCPD

Good morning, K Faculty and Staff,

The CCPD regularly partners with faculty/academic departments on career development projects. Are you interested in a presentation or class visit from the CCPD? Let us know here: https://career.kzoo.edu/outreach-request/. We prefer one week’s notice to ensure coverage, but are open to your contacting us whenever you need. We will get back to you within 2 business days.

If you are interested in collaborating on a different type of project, please don’t hesitate to contact us at career@kzoo.edu. More CCPD resources are available at : https://career.kzoo.edu/faculty/


The Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD)

BLM – CCPD Spring Update

Black Lives Matter. 

The CCPD acknowledges that individualistic and systemic racism continues to be pervasive in the United States and around the world, and stands in solidarity with those that are fighting for basic human dignity. Our previous announcements reported on the work we had completed at that time. This announcement serves as a Spring 2021 update. Our work is ongoing.

Actions Completed:

Data Analysis and the Creation of SMART Goals:

Staff Professional Development:

As of the end of this academic year, all of our staff have participated in at least one College-sponsored training experience focused on equity and inclusion: ERAC/CE, Justice at Work, etc.

Work In Progress:

Employer Engagement:

The CCPD is developing a DEI scorecard based on the ARGE Anti-Racism and Gender Equality (ARGE) Scorecard developed by Roderick Lewis of UNC Chapel Hill to evaluate our top employers. The scorecard will be used to assess employers’ transparency of their data around various indicators of diversity, equity and inclusion. Employers will be assessed on the following dimensions based on publicly available data: Management & Leadership Demographics, Employee Workforce Demographics, Onboarding Strategy, Career Pathing Programs, Employee Engagement & Well-Being, DEI Accountability & Training, Recruitment Strategy. Once this initial evaluation is complete, the scorecard will be expanded to include additional indicators. A final review will consider if/what employers are doing to address inequities in the organization.  The information gathered will be used to inform our employer engagement efforts moving forward. 

Serving Our Seniors

We hear you. And we’re still listening. Amidst this slowly-waning pandemic, the CCPD is taking a targeted approach to offer career guidance and support to graduating seniors. We launched the annual First-Destination Survey two months earlier than usual. As you complete the survey, we are responding to each one of you that is “still seeking” with tailored outreach. Our goal is to connect with 100% of the graduating class. 8th Week will be Senior Week at the CCPD. During that week, 50+ Alumni have signed up for Hornet Huddles, opportunities for 1:1 appointments between you and an alum in your field(s) of interest. You’ll start to see appointment availability for these Huddles in Handshake beginning in Week 4. Who are these 50+ alumni? Check out the full spreadsheet on the Senior Class Team. A 20-minute appointment with an alum (or two, or more) could literally change your life. They get it. They’re amazing. And they’re here just for you. Senior Week will also see career coaching appointments ONLY available for seniors, so you’re likely to get a spot that fits into your schedule. We’ll also be holding extra drop-in office hours just for seniors that week on MS Teams (noon-1PM). And, we will be sharing targeted senior content via the Senior Class Team, email, and social media. We also have our regularly available 24/7 resources like Handshake (job postings, career fairs, events), VMock (artificially intelligent resume reviewing platform), Big Interview (interviewing preparation platform), and assessments related to interests, values, and strengths. In addition to our weekly drop-in hours with CCPD staff, we have senior-focused 1:1 appointments with career coaches available in Handshake. It’s certainly not profound to state that your upcoming transition from student to alum (including determining your next steps) is hard. And yet, here you are. You, members of the Class of 2021, have had a truly incredible set of extra challenges thrown your way. There isn’t space to list them all. None of us here at the CCPD know the individual impact this year has had on you personally, academically, emotionally, mentally, financially, etc. All we know is that we want to hear you, support you, and meet you where you are. And we want to remind you that we don’t suddenly go away after you graduate. We’d love to see you sooner rather than later, but our services don’t suddenly “expire” once you get your degree. We hope to see you soon.

Job/Internship Fairs Held Virtually This February

Save the date for three upcoming Winter job/internship fairs at WMU. K partners with WMU on these events, so students are highly encouraged to attend. Typically these fairs are the largest local recruiting events of the year for college students. This year they will be held virtually due to COVID-19.

  • WMU Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Job Fair 2021 Virtual Event Wednesday, Feb 10, 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. https://bit.ly/3bUKDFM
  • WMU Career Fair 2021 Virtual Event Thursday, Feb 11, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. https://bit.ly/2MlkKnV
  • WMU Government and Nonprofit Job Fair 2021 Virtual Event Thursday, Feb 18, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. https://bit.ly/3iKAQn2

Wondering which employers will be there, and/or what they’re looking for in applicants? Check out the links for each— they have all the info you need.

K to the Pacific Northwest: A Virtual K-Trek Series

Slide advertising K to the Pacific Northwest, a series of virtual K-Treks to Nike, Amazon, and Starbucks.

Gorgeous coastlines. Spectacular mountains. Innovations in technology and service. Classic coffee. Where are we headed? The Pacific Northwest!

Join us this Winter on a virtual K-Trek series to the Pacific Northwest, visiting Nike, Amazon, and Starbucks!

Ready to book your “travel”? Sign up for one or more of the stops on our virtual trip. All students are elligble, no application required.

Full Itinerary:

K to Nike

Our first stop will be a virtual visit with alumni who work for Nike in Beaverton, Oregon (just outside Portland) on Thursday, February 4 from 3-4:30 p.m. EST. 

Alumni at Nike work in a variety of areas, including sustainability, risk management, government & public affairs, and service and experience design. These alumni typically work at Nike’s World Headquarters, a beautiful campus filled with every kind of athletic field and activity imaginable, walking trails and more. This event is co-hosted by the Kalamazoo Sports Business Club. 

Map of trip from Kalamazoo to Portland.

Next, the CCPD is travelling (virtually) to Seattle, Washington for the first of two visits. 

K to Amazon

First meet some of the 15 alumni who currently work for Amazon on Thursday, February 11 from 7:30-9 p.m. EST.

These alumni work in marketing, human resources, business development and more.  Some of these alumni even have the opportunity to work in the unique Amazon Spheres, described as “the result of innovative thinking about the character of a workplace and an extended conversation about what is typically missing from urban offices– a direct link to nature.” Here is a virtual tour.

This event is co-hosted by the Marketing & Investing Club.

K to Starbucks

Finally, a virtual visit to Starbucks on March 4, time TBD. 

More information to come about this final K to the Pacific Northwest Virtual K-Trek!

Starbucks in the News

This Virtual K-Trek Series is open to all current students! “Book” your spot at each event (you can attend some or all) on Handshake.

Updated – CCPD statement in support of Black lives

Black Lives Matter. 

The CCPD acknowledges that individualistic and systemic racism continues to be pervasive in the United States and around the world, and stands in solidarity with those that are fighting for basic human dignity.

The CCPD has taken the summer to carefully review our policies and procedures around employer and alumni relations and staff and student engagement to address our role in the fight against racism. We announced previously that we would share our comprehensive plan at the beginning of the Fall 2020 Term.

Actions Completed:

This summer, after collaborating with colleagues across other college and university career centers, we added a new page called “Identity-based Resources” to our website. This is an evolving page that is open to new submissions.

We reviewed our current representation of BIPOC on our website, promotional, and presentation materials in graphic, photo, and quotation formats. Representation matters. We commit to continue being mindful of how we visually represent humanity in our work.

In our review of student usage of Handshake, especially with relation to finding and applying for posted jobs, we launched a new label to help BIPOC students identify employers that consistently hire and support BIPOC employees. Using Diversityinc’s Top 50 Employers, we created a label for easy student sorting. Students can use the label ‘diveristyinctop 50-2020’ right now to search for these employers.

In addition, we will use these labels to inform intentional employer engagement. We have already invited all of these companies to our virtual career fairs, which are of zero cost to employers.

Work In Progress:

Data Analysis and the Creation of SMART Goals:

This academic year, we will expand on our annual data analysis related to student and alumni usage of our programs and services. We will explore deeper questions related to BIPOC student and alumni involvement, with the plan of creating a baseline and measurable goals for the future. 

We already know from past year’s data analyses that we want to increase BIPOC participation in our Discovery Externship Program, both in terms of alumni and students. Our goal will be to increase the number of BIPOC alumni who participate as hosts in the externship program and seek out alumni who either run or work at black-owned businesses and organizations. We know that representation matters, and that increased BIPOC alumni hosts will help us increase student participation. 

We also want to increase the participation rates of BIPOC students in our summer internship stipend program. This involves intentional advertising and collaboration with cross-campus departments and student organizations.

Employer Engagement:

As stated in the CCPD’s Recruitment Policy, the CCPD reserves the right to deny on-campus recruitment opportunities or position postings by any Employer or Recruiter at its discretion. The CCPD is evaluating the current Employer Approval process in Handshake, to determine what additional steps may be needed to identify and deny access to employers with discriminatory hiring practices or poor reputations related to BIPOC. 

The CCPD is reviewing resources to identify and contact employers who have a record of hiring and supporting BIPOC employees as well as regional Black-Owned companies. Staff will select top tier companies and organizations from these lists in fields of interest to K students, and build and implement an engagement strategy to these employers. Engagement levels will include the posting and promotion of positions in Handshake, inviting employers to participate in on-campus or virtual events, and developing K-Treks to these organizations.

Student Feedback:

While keeping in mind the delicate balance of asking for student feedback but also not making BIPOC students “do the work”, we will hope to work with stu-orgs across campus on building partnerships for career development. We will be open and honest in asking, “Do you feel supported by the CCPD?”. We will tailor our offerings of industry alumni networking to stu-orgs that are interested, and establish regular dialogue to ensure we are curating content that is timely, relevant, and wanted.

Staff Professional Development:

As part of our continued engagement with College programming, working to bring about a culture change of inclusion, anti-racism, and equity, we will participate in the Inclusion Excellence project,  including the Reading for Change initiative, Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria, And Other Conversations About Race, by Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D. We have each also began reading other important and emerging titles in the academic study of anti-racism, and we have staff representation on the newly formed BAFSA. While the majority of our staff have completed ERAC/CE training, we commit to full staff completion by the end of this academic year* (*if COVID-19 restrictions allow. If not, ASAP

If you have any questions/concerns/feedback for us, please email us at career@kzoo.edu or fill out this form to send feedback anonymously.

To report bias, please visit the college’s Bias Data Gathering System: https://hr.kzoo.edu/current-employees/employee-relations/formsandresources/bias-data-gathering-system/

Dr. Z – K’s new career center leader

Welcome to this new school year!

I write today to introduce myself to you: my name is Dr. Tricia Zelaya-Leon (you’re welcome to call me Dr. Z) and I am the new Director of the Center for Career & Professional Development (CCPD). I officially began in my role on September 1st; most recently, I worked at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. I have devoted my entire career in higher education to student success – more specifically, my prime directive is to help you leverage your Kalamazoo education to achieve ultimate post-graduate success, whether that means going to graduate school, engaging in continued service experiences, or finding a meaningful job.

As you know, we all find ourselves in unprecedented times. Amidst the backdrop of a global pandemic, our country is again deeply reckoning with racial injustice after the murder of George Floyd. I personally affirm that Black Lives Matter and as the Director of the CCPD, my team and I are committed to serving students from all identities and backgrounds, paying particular attention to the unique challenges that exist for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in navigating career opportunities. Our Center is actively engaged in anti-racist work and will continue to work toward strategies that dismantle systemic racism; to learn about our commitment, please visit this page.

My team and I also strive to prepare you for the ever-evolving challenges that Covid-19 continues to exact on the workforce. I believe wholeheartedly that liberal arts graduates are well poised to respond to the needs of our changing world: employers want college graduates with strong communication skills, the ability to work collaboratively with a team, and the creativity to think critically and solve grand challenges. Ensuring that your personal brand adequately reflects those skills will help you remain both versatile and marketable as you continue on your professional journey.

The CCPD team stands at the ready to guide you as you prepare for the next step. Through one-on-one appointments, document reviews, and networking opportunities, the aim of the Center is to help you explore majors and careers, translate your experiences into skills that resonate with employers, and build strong networks.

I recognize how intimidating career discernment can be, especially in these trying times, but the best defense is always a good offense: the earlier you engage in conversations about your career journey, the more opportunities you will have to explore your options, enhance your skillsets, and connect with top-notch employers. I encourage you to sign up for an appointment today!

I greatly value student feedback, so please seek out opportunities to engage with me personally about how you are making the most of your K experience. Do not hesitate to reach out to me with questions, comments, concerns, or success stories. I am here to serve you, so I look forward to engaging with you.

Make sure to connect with me on LinkedIn where I will often share relevant career-related content: https://www.linkedin.com/in/triciazelaya/. Should you wish to contact me directly, please email me at tricia.zelaya-leon@kzoo.edu.

Wishing you a successful year ahead,

Dr. Z

Director, Center for Career & Professional Development