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Next Steps for Seniors
As your senior year comes to a close, the Career and Community Engagement Center remains committed to supporting you in your Next Steps. On this page you will find tips and resources from the CCEC as you begin the first year of your post-graduation journey.
Additionally, here is an archive of resources shared during the 2021-22 year along with the recorded sessions incuded below.
As you begin your post-grad job and career search, it's important to communicate to prospective employers that you're no longer a student. Here are a few quick tips to update your public profiles as you begin life as a young professional:
Use Your Network
Connect with your first-degree network (the people you already know). Then try your second-degree network (people you share a mutual friend with). Connect with alumni at companies that you're interested in!
Write an Informative and Creative Headline
You're not a student anymore! But you're also more than just a "recent graduate." Craft your headline to capture your unique skills & interests.
Build Your Network
Connect with classmates, family, professors, and alumni in fields you're interested in!
Pro Tip: You will lose access to your Whitman email after a year. Update your Whitman Connect and Handshake addresses to your personal email.
Use this resource to explore 100 major profiles with information on common career paths, types of employers that hire in the field, and strategies to maximize opportunities. Scroll to the bottom of each profile for links to professional associations, occupational outlook information, and job search resources.
Join the Whitman College Community Group to connect with other alumni around the world. Jobs, internships, and other opportunities are posted here.
As an alumnus, use Handshake to find jobs or schedule appointments (remotely!) with our professional staff.
Attend Whitties Helping Whitties events in PNW cities to stay connected with students or make more connections yourself as you start your career.
Find alumni via Whitman's extensive alumni network. You are able to search based on location, industry, and more!
The CCEC website has information on resumes and cover letters, graduate school, professional development workshop recordings, and more!
Here are some recommended books and podcasts from the CCEC:
Episode 3— The Psychology of the 9-5
Episode 18— The Psychology of Big Life Changes
Episode 40— When you feel directionless
Episode 43— Hustle Culture and Burnout
Episode 46— Making Friends in your 20’s
Episode 48— Identity Crisis!
Episode 49— Financial anxiety, money, and relationships
Episode 52— Career anxiety, disillusionment and feeling stuck
Episode 68— The myth of the “dream job”
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