Often in our discussions with students, we find that there are some misconceptions about the career development process and Career Services. For example, many are surpised to find that career development begins from day one. Here are a few common myths debunked.
Timing and Relevance
Myth: I can’t go to Career Services until I have “figured out” what I want to do after graduation.
Reality: While some students arrive at Princeton with a particular career goal in mind, there are many students who are in the process of deciding the direction they want to take. If you are undecided, career counselors can help you explore your options and suggest strategies and resources to help you in the decision-making process.
There is no advanced preparation necessary — just a desire to learn how, and where, to find the information and resources you need. We offer something for everyone, from the undecided to the very focused.
Myth: Career Services is just for juniors and seniors.
Reality: Career development is a process that can begin as early as freshman year, when you start thinking about potential majors. We can help students explore majors and careers through a variety of programs and resources.
For example, our Princeternship program offers the opportunity to visit the workplace of an alum host during academic break periods to learn about a particular field or profession. There, you can see firsthand if it is something you might be interested in. There are even internship opportunities available for freshmen who would like to get an early start.
Careers and Paths
Myth: If I am continuing my education, I do not need to go to Career Services.
Reality: We offer several resources, services and events for students considering graduate or professional school.
- Faculty meetings: We encourage you to meet with faculty in your discipline of interest or the designated pre-professional adviser (e.g. pre-med or pre-law) to review possible programs of interest.
- Visiting programs on campus: We also host visits by admissions representatives from a variety of schools.
- Annual Graduate and Professional School Fair: Hundreds of schools come out to speak with Princeton students about their programs.
- Meetings with our career counselors: Our career counselors are available to critique your application essays and personal statements, and help you craft a search strategy that suits your goals.
Myth: Career Services will place me in a job or internship.
Reality: Our office does not match students with jobs or internships or “place” you at an organization. We offer a variety of services, programs, resources and events to help guide your career development and empower your job search. These are designed to prepare you to find and compete for many different types of meaningful career options.
Myth: Career Services works primarily with specific industries.
Reality: We strive to develop and maintain relationships with employers from a wide range of industries and fields. This includes a variety of corporate and nonprofit organizations. Career Services works with hundreds of employers and facilitates connections — whether they choose to post their jobs/internships using our online systems, schedule on-campus interviews or participate in career fairs, career panels or employer information sessions.
Please note that employer organizations establish their own recruiting strategies based on budgetary and staffing needs. When and how an organization decides to recruit is dependent upon its needs at any given time. Some industries may not use campus recruiting methods and/or post positions at universities. We can help you create a plan for how to best target industries that do not recruit on campus.