Welcome to Bowdoin!
We look forward to helping you identify career interests, create a resume, pursue internships and summer opportunities, and land your first job or post-graduate experience. It is never too early or too late to begin working with us.
Not sure where to start? You don’t have to prepare in advance of your first appointment, or know exactly what your questions are. Just stop by! We are located on the first floor of Moulton Union.
Some areas that we can offer you guidance and support include:
- Talking about your interests and goals
- Come visit us during walk in hours (Monday-Friday, 2-4pm) or by appointment. We can then work together to identify opportunities, such as on-campus clubs or volunteering programs, that align with your interests and goals. These activities make great applicable experiences for future internships and jobs.
- Exploring a variety of career paths
- Reflecting on your interests, skills, and values is an important initial step in the career exploration process. By talking about your previous experiences, we can suggest potential areas of career interest, including some you may not have ever considered. We also offer a number of assessment tools that can help you identify your strengths, interests, and values.
- Searching for experiences
- After gaining a better understanding of your potential career interests, the next step is to identify job opportunities, volunteer opportunities, or other experiences that appeal to you.
- Explore job and internship postings across different fields on eBear.
- Various employers hold info sessions on campus to talk about their organizations and current openings. Learn about coming events on eBear and in our weekly newsletter.
- Making connections
- After identifying potential career interests or job opportunities, it is important to talk with individuals in the career fields or organizations you are interested in to expand your knowledge and build a network of professionals to help you in your search.
- Bowdoin alumni are eager to meet you and share their knowledge about various fields.
- BCAN is a database of Bowdoin alumni that you can utilize to identify individuals at specific organizations or in general careers of interest that you can reach out to.
- LinkedIn is one of the best ways to find alumni who are working all over the world, and in a wide range of fields.
- Info-sessions are also a good place to meet alumni and other professionals in areas or organizations of interest.
- Writing resumes and cover letters
- When you find an opportunity that interests you, the next step is to apply with a resume and cover letter. Use our resume and cover letter guides to draft your own. Then make an appointment with one of our advisors to refine these documents further.
- Remember: when adding experiences to your resume or reflecting on experiences in your cover letter, all experiences are important, whether they are paid or unpaid, formal or informal. Additionally, a job doesn’t need to be perfectly aligned with your career interests to demonstrate essential skills on a resume or cover letter.
- Preparing for interviews
- Check out our interviewing guides for information on preparing for an interview, including common questions to anticipate and tips on what to wear.
- Schedule a mock interview to practice and refine your interviewing skills. Whether you’ve had many interviews or none, our mock interviewers can provide valuable feedback to take your interviewing to the next level.
- Evaluating internship and job offers
- You have an offer, but you’re unsure what to make of the terms. Make an appointment with one of our advisers to help you evaluate the offer, or to help with the decision-making process.
- Securing funding for internship opportunities
- Supporting your transition from college to career
- Our support doesn’t stop on graduation day! We welcome you to stay in touch with us and seek support services once you are an alum.