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: Self-Assessment
Identifying your career goals can be broken down into two areas: how you understand yourself and how you understand the world of work. These areas are also known as self-assessment and market-assessment.
The first step in achieving a successful career is to take a look at yourself. By defining who you are, what you have learned and where you want to go – you can then start to think about where you fit in the world of work. From a career perspective, there are four avenues of exploration that can help you clarify who you are. These are the VIP’S - Values, Interests, Personality and Skills.
- Values: These are a set of standards that determine attitudes, choices and actions. Mapping your work-related values can help lay important groundwork for making good work/life decisions (i.e. do you value: wealth? time with family? ability to be creative?) - See Work/Life Values Identification Worksheet
- Interests: These are things that appeal to you and excite you. Interests come in many forms such as activities, classes, people, places, topics, hobbies, etc. - See Interests Identification Worksheet
- Personality: Each individual has distinctive qualities and character traits. Defining who you are can help project where you want your career to take you. - See Personality Identification Worksheet
- Skills: These include your abilities, competencies, talents, aptitudes and strengths. It is important to define your skills and to ascertain which ones you would like to use in a career and ones that you would not. - See Skill Identification Worksheet
TCCS Resources to Help You in Your Self-Assessment:
Career Counseling Appointments
Myers Briggs Personality Type Indicator ® and Strong Interest Inventory ®
Internship and part-time job postings through TCCS LINK
Online Career Development Tools
Document and share personal/career “successes.” – Sometimes, one of the most difficult tasks is to define your accomplishments and explain them to a potential employer. One way to overcome this hurdle is to write down what you consider a success – be it personal or professional. List the reasons why this was a success, what challenges you had to overcome and what the end result was. By keeping a tally of these accomplishments, you will develop substantial examples of your past success that can help you along the career development path.
Keep Talking - Continue to have conversations with friends, family and colleagues (your support network) to enhance your perspective on career possibilities. Proactive outreach is empowering and will help you achieve your goals.