We help our students define a unique career and life vision, and then connect them in multidimensional, personalized ways to the resources, people, organizations and opportunities that will enable them to make their visions a reality.
To empower Princetonians to proactively design their careers and lives in ways that help them align with meaningful opportunities across their lifetime.
Making Career Connections
In everything we do, whether within our career center, across campus, the country or the world, the highly dedicated and experienced staff of Career Services strives to:
- Educate: Offer services, resources and learning-based programs that support the integration of academic and career interests and the development of lifelong career management skills.
- Engage: Establish and maintain relationships first and foremost with our students, but also with employers, graduate and professional schools and alumni to facilitate their connection to our students.
- Empower: Collaborate with our many constituents and stakeholders to provide a broad range of meaningful opportunities and experiences for students that build confidence and clarity, and ultimately begin careers.
A Focus on Lifelong Learning
Embedded within Career Services’ mission statement is a new theme of personalization and the belief that we should treat each student as a unique individual. We seek to have a transformative impact on students’ ability to make decisions about their careers and their lives, empowering them to pursue choices that are well aligned with what matters most to them. This involves engaging students early and often through individual conversations, programs, events, resources and services designed to achieve the following learning outcomes:
1. Advance self-knowledge
- Understand self-awareness is the first step to goal-setting and self-actualization
- Identify, clarify and/or articulate values, limiting beliefs, interests, and strengths
- Discover sense of identity, meaning and purpose while embracing diversity in self and others
- Use knowledge of self and self-reflection to drive lifelong career decision-making
2. Test hypotheses, explore interests and potential career paths
- Investigate and connect academic interests & career options
- “Test drive” interests through a range of experiences to gain exposure to a career path, industry or field
- Challenge limiting beliefs, identify and broadly consider possible options
- Acquire real-world insights and knowledge from alumni, employers and others relevant to career industries & fields
- Use an iterative process to find what is most meaningful
3. Connect with resources, people, organizations & opportunities
- Identify and cultivate intentional, meaningful and authentic relationships
- Embrace happenstance and serendipity in the process
- Evaluate opportunities that are aligned with and challenge your core ideology and assumptions
- Develop a cohesive narrative and practice telling your unique, personal story
- Actively curate and create diverse experiences and interactions along your journey
- Align and connect your strengths and “spikes” to the goals of the industries, organizations and people with whom you affiliate
4. Design your career and life
- Engage in a life-long journey of self-exploration, inspiration and personal/professional growth
- Develop a career management strategy that is flexible, yet goal-driven
- Understand and build upon core themes and pillars that contribute to your unique personal/professional identity
- Expand your professional network and continue to build your personal board of directors
- Make a personal commitment to meaning, purpose and service as you pursue different phases of your career and life