Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What services and programs are offered to students?

Career Counseling
Our Career Counselors will meet for to explore major selection, identify potential career paths, define strategies while at Macalester, and plan for life after Mac.

Drop-in Appointments
Counselors are also available for brief appointments to discuss career exploration and review internship/job search materials (Mon. to Fri., 2 – 4 pm and Wed., 7 – 9 pm).

Connect with Alumni
We connect students with alumni mentors in their potential career field, location, or academic area of interest.

Graduate School Prep
We help students explore, plan, and prepare applications to graduate school as well as advise them on writing personal statements and essays.

Job/Internship Search 
We assist with searches for internships, seasonal, part-time, or full-time employment. Students have exclusive access to the Macalester Job & Internship Database. In addition, students can practice their interview skills and learn appropriate professional etiquette.

Career Assessments 
Career assessments may be used to help students clarify their interests and assist in declaring a major. Results are presented and explained by a Career Counselor. 

When should a student visit the Career Development Center?

Students are encouraged to stop in for drop-in appointments each Monday-Friday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesdays from 7 p.m.to 9 p.m.  Ideally, students would make an appointment during fall semester of their first year. That makes it easy for us to remember students individually, and assist them when that perfect opportunity comes across our desks. The better -- and earlier -- we get to know each student, the easier the career exploration and job search.

What can my student do with her/his major?

One of the strengths of Macalester lies in the diversity of interests and career paths following graduation. Identifying specific vocational interests with college majors is a common topic during career counseling appointments with Macalester students. Career Counselors can assist students in identifying a variety of interest areas within their major. Specific materials for each major are also available.

What are employers and graduate schools seeking?

Employers and graduate programs not only seek candidates who are academically excellent, but those who are well-rounded and demonstrate a variety of “soft” skills.

A list of top ten attributes sought in candidates:

  • Self-Confidence
  • Computer Skills
  • Flexibility/Adaptability
  • Analytical Skills
  • Strong Work Ethic
  • Motivation/Initiative
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Teamwork Skills
  • Honesty/Integrity
  • Communication Skills

Encourage your student to get involved in campus organizations and community service which are an excellent way for students to develop these skills.

What other offices on campus that have valuable career development resources available?

How can you help the Career Development Center?

Parents are a wonderful resource for their son/daughter’s career exploration but they can also be a vital resource for students at Macalester. You can do this by recruiting Macalester students for jobs and sponsoring internships in your organization.

By becoming a sponsor or recruiter you are helping ensure the success of a Macalester student, and increasing the amount of opportunities the Career Development Center can offer.

You can also volunteer to help students in other ways.