Career Services' 100-Year History

Director Richard Warfield '30 assisting student circa 1943 

Career Services' names and locations through the yearsPrinceton University's Office of Career Services marked its 100th anniversary in 2012. While a lot has changed since the office was founded as the "Self-Help Bureau" in 1912, one thing remains the same: Career Services' commitment to assisting Princeton students and alumni as they develop and pursue their career goals. 

Another constant through the decades, is the importance of encouraging students to get an early start on their career planning and to make use of the many programs, services and resources available. In the 1960’s, the Career Services’ newsletter even included the slogan “come early, come often.”

Career Services' library circa 1980. Photo source Mudd Library ArchivesOne of the primary differences between Career Services “then and now,” is that technology has significantly changed the way that students interact with the office as well as with prospective employers.

Many alumni may still remember bulletin boards and binders full of paper job and internship postings, as well as long lines to register for on-campus interviews. Today, employment postings, applications, and interview schedules are all managed online. In the past two decades, the internet and now social media have fundamentally changed employer recruitment methods and the way students search and apply for opportunities. Our goal is to continue to provide highly personalized services while also maintaining 24/7 online accessibility.

For interesting historical facts about our office, visit the timeline on our Facebook page to read news clips by decade from the Daily Princetonian Larry DuPraz Digital Archives.

Career Services Technology Timeline Infographic