The Career Development Center (CDC) offers programs, services and appointments in areas convenient to your students.

Divisional (Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Humanities and Fine Arts) career counselors and trained undergraduate fellows are in your academic spaces, connecting with students and faculty and providing tailored career exploration and preparation.

Have the CDC facilitate in-class activities and discussion

CDC counselors present on a variety of topics including career exploration and job search skill development topics. We work with faculty to tailor offerings to best meet the needs of your class.  Presentations range from a brief introduction on CDC services (5-10 minutes) to a full course meeting (or several).

Recent in-class presentations have covered topics including:

Career Development Center Overview

  • Tools & resources specific to Mac students & alums
  • Common topics/activities in career counseling appointments for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th year students and recent grads
  • Career exploration and planning tools
  • Role and use of career assessment tools (including the Strong Interest Inventory and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator)

Crafting Effective Resumes, Curriculum Vitae (CVs) & Cover Letters

  • Essential components for college-level materials
  • Writing descriptive and concise content
  • Methods to decode job descriptions to tailor applications
  • Strategies to format, edit and send documents
  • Facilitating discussions on topics including but not limited to: tailoring materials, addressing content and design questions and employment discrimination.

Hiring Trends for College Grads

  • Review current hiring trends
  • Discuss skills most desired by employers
  • Contrast experiences of liberal arts majors
  • Contrasting national benchmarks and hiring reports
  • Defining key terms like “not-in-labor force (NILF)” and “underemployed”

What can I do with a B.A. from Macalester, and a Major in___?

  • Explore what Mac alums do in their first year out
  • Learn what Macalester alums in your major pursue after graduation
  • Broaden awareness for diverse paths with each major
  • Gain tools to connect fields of study to potential paths in applications and interviewing

Macalester’s 4-year plan for career preparation

  • Explore developmental career exploration plan
  • Conduct self assessment and goal setting
  • Discuss tangible steps for each individual

Testing out interests and potential career fields

  • Learn about internships, volunteering, part-time employment, seasonal positions,  and research
  • How to find, apply and effectively position yourself for positions

Effective Interview Preparation

  • Learn components of interview research, preparation and follow-up to undertake
  • Clarify strategies for different interview medium (phone, in-person, skype) and interview type (individual, group, panel)
  • Discuss common questions and strategies for interview styles including behavioral-based, situational, and case interviews

Personal Branding and Effective Use of Social Media for Job Searching

  • Clarify how employers are using social media to screen and recruit candidates
  • Use concepts of branding to develop your social media presence
  • Macalester specific tools like MacDirect, and specific networking groups that cater to Macalester College community on Facebook and LinkedIn
  • Learn how to develop an effective LinkedIn Profile

Refer a student

Faculty and staff often refer students directly to career counseling staff.  Counselors meet with students individually for single or ongoing appointments to discuss career-related concerns. Topics include but are not limited to: major selection, clarifying skills and interests, academic challenges, job search questions/concerns, graduate school planning. Individuals can also discuss major/career related stress, family concerns, questions about discrimination in the job search/workplace, and financial concerns.

Students can schedule appointments via the CDC website by logging onto MC2. To refer a student directly, please email John Mountain.

Refer an employer

The CDC works closely with local, national and international employers to recruit talent. The CDC assists employers with all facets of on-campus recruitment, including:

  • Free job and internship postings
  • Free recruiting or information tables to connect with students
  • On-campus recruiting presentational opportunities and scheduling
  • Interview scheduling and location coordination
  • On-campus marketing, logistics and coordination

Please  to refer an employer.

Consult on job search, career and employment questions

Been awhile since you searched for a job?  Have a student with interests outside your expertise?  Not sure how to help a student? The CDC can help.

Career Development Center staff are trained to help the huge spectrum of interests and career aspirations of Macalester students and alumni. You are welcome to consult with individual CDC staff directly, or email John Mountain to discuss your needs.

Collaborate on field-specific or major-related events

The CDC collaborates with diverse campus departments and student organizations to offer career exploration and planning events. Please contact John Mountain to inquire on collaborations.