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 "Educated" way to recruit
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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Identifying Career Goals: Market Assessment
Once you have an understanding of your values, interests, skills and personality traits, you then need to see where you fit into the world of work. This is called a market assessment. Remember, though, that you are not an exact puzzle piece with only one right fit. This is an iterative process; as you learn more about the market, you understand more about what really matters in your self-assessment. As with each phase of the career development process, each individual is going to have a different approach to the market assessment process. Where are you?
- Do you need to gain clarity on what possibilities exist for you? – The ‘unlimited opportunities’ view can be overwhelming. Often people feel unsure of where to begin in assessing what direction to pursue. In order to begin to define a circumscribed list of possibilities, you need to explore and investigate different careers of interest. This will involve such things as conducting online research, informational interviews, office site visits, networking, and much more.
- Do you need to “take the plunge” to further explore possibilities that you have already considered? – Often times, individuals have an ideal career in mind but are hesitant to explore it. For example, one may fear that his/her expectations may be unrealistic, or that it may require additional schooling which he/she is uninterested in obtaining. Whatever the reason for hesitation, it needs to be explored and defined.
- Do you need to “work out the kinks” in the direction that you are currently pursuing? – Another level in the market assessment phase could be that you have an area of interest – but, you don’t have a direct fit. For instance, many TC students are interested in working in “International Affairs,” but aren’t exactly sure what role they want to play. The ‘industry’ is set, but, the job function is unclear. This involves the same type of exploration and research as described above.
TCCS Resources to Help You in Your Market Assessment:
Alumni Mentoring and Career Networking Program
Programs and Events
Employer Information Sessions
Library and Resource Area (44 Horace Mann)
Develop An Ongoing List of Resources – It is imperative to keep abreast of up-to-date and reliable resources as you explore career opportunities. Continue to ask your contacts for referrals for good resources and be sure to read articles in your ‘career’ field.
Vary strategies – Be sure to go outside of your comfort zone when conducting your market assessment. The best way to avoid a future ‘rut’ is to consider all possibilities – not just the ones that are safe and/or expected of you. Brainstorm new areas to investigate and generate new ideas about how to get there.