Congratulations 2013 Graduates!!
Did you know that as an alumnus, you can continue to utilize Career Services? To review a list of services offered, click here.
Do you want to stay connected to what is happening in TC Career Services and the Columbia community? Join the TCCS Alumni Listserv to receive emails about upcoming career development workshops and panels, webinars, employer information sessions and current career opportunities. You will receive weekly updates during the fall, spring, and summer semesters, along with special announcements. Click here to subscribe.
Welcome to Career Services
Teachers College Career Services (TCCS) is committed to guiding all TC students and alumni throughout the different phases of the career development process. Whether you are entering a new field, advancing within your current profession, or changing directions, we will help you identify and develop the skills and resources needed to achieve your career goals.
TCCS Employer Relations: The
Employers connect to highly talented TC students and alumni in the fields of education, psychology, health and international educational development. Our employer relations staff can maximize your recruitment efforts by understanding your immediate and future hiring needs and developing targeted recruitment strategies. It is the educated way to go! We welcome your partnership and long term interest in our students and alumni. Upon hiring from TC, please share with us your hire information by clicking here.
TCCS can assist you with your career development throughout the duration of your time at Teachers College and when you become an alumnus. Start you career development journey today. Schedule an hour long career counseling appointment to help you make informed decisions about your career goals: take an assessment test, learn job search tips, and schedule a mock session for interview preparation. Have your resume, cover letter, and curriculum vita (CV) reviewed electronically or come in for a 15 minute walk-in.
Join the TCCS Linkedin Group
ATTENTION: This group now serves as the new TCCS Alumni Mentor Program. The former Alumni Mentor Program housed in TCCS LINK is no longer accessible. The transition to this group will significantly enhance your overall networking opportunities! Click here for more information on joining this group!
TCCS Programs & Events
Throughout the fall and spring semester, attend a workshop to learn how to write a resume and to negotiate your salary. Attend an employer information session to learn more about an organization you are interested in pursuing. Come to a panel to hear from TC Alumni who are teachers working outside of the classroom or who have advanced their education by getting a doctorate degree.
NACE Job Choices Magazine now in digital format on the TCCS Website
The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) connects campus recruiting and career services professionals, and provides best practices, trends, research, professional development, and conferences. NACE Job Choices Magazines are now available in digital format. Magazines feature job-search advice and interview tips, sample cover letters and resumes, links to employer websites, and more! To view, go to the Resources Section on the TCCS Website and click on Publications
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Questions to Ask the Interviewer(s)
Asking the employer questions reflects your motivation, interests, priorities, energy, etc. This is your opportunity to determine if this opportunity is right for you. Good questions related to the job to which you are applying. i.e. job duties and departmental goals. You should prepare 7-10 questions and ask the interviewer(s) 4 questions. Your last question can be: What is the next step in the process? You can bring in your list of questions, no need to memorize them!
Suggested questions to ask the employer:
- What is the most difficult part of the job? What types of challenges would I face in this position/department?
- How would you describe the working environment?
- How would you describe the management style of the area?
- What professional development opportunities are available to me in this department?
- What are the daily duties of the job? What would my typical day involve?
- Where would you place your priorities for the duties of this job?
- Would you describe the working culture?
- To whom would I directly report?
- How often would I be evaluated?
- What happened to the last person who held this position?
- What is the company’s policy about promotion from within? Opportunities for advancement?
- Does the company offer ongoing training/development for the employees?
- Is there travel (local/state/national) involved?
- What would be the most challenging aspect of this job?
- What would I like most about working for this company?
- Are there specific qualities that you look for in the people that you hire?
- What are the opportunities for personal growth?
- Describe the typical first year’s assignments.
- What is the company’s record of employment stability?
- How would you describe your company’s culture and the overall management style?
- What are your expectations of new hires?
- What qualities are you looking for in your new hires
- What is your timeframe for making a hiring decision?
Questions NOT to ask the employer:
- How many sick days can I claim as a new employee?
- Do I have to dress up in the office?
- How much will I be paid? (Salary questions should not be asked during the first interview)