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
ACCESS ONLINE RESOURCES THROUGH MY TC PORTAL
Networking is relationship building. Whether it is with people you already know or with professionals you have yet to meet, networking is essential to a successful job search. Your network begins with friends, family, professors, members of your community, co-workers, classmates, and any other people you may meet. By creating connections with people you can uncover the “hidden job market” and learn of positions that may not be formally posted. One way to network with professionals in your field is to set up an informational interview. This type of meeting allows you to learn about a field and/or job function while informing the professional of your background and experience. It often proves beneficial for both parties involved and can be a great start to a professional relationship. The most difficult part can often be reaching out to a stranger, please see our Cover Letter Writing Guide: Letter of Inquiry
to get started.
TCCS Resources to Help You Network
Alumni Networking Career & Mentoring Program - Many TC alumni have generously volunteered their time to serve as resources for current students and other alumni. This program provides students and alumni with an opportunity to meet and speak with professionals in various career fields, develop their career plans and create professional networks in various industries. Search for alumni contacts and mentors through TCCS LINK, our online job database. To become an alumni mentor, click here.
Programs and Events - TCCS offers specialized programs such as career panels, networking events (e.g., Meet the Firms) and on-campus interviews. Check our Calendar page for an up-to-date Calendar of Events and room locations.
Employer Information Sessions
These forums allow employers to discuss their organizations and employment opportunities with prospective candidates. Information sessions typically last one hour and include a presentation, question and answer period, and networking time. Check our Calendar page
for an up-to-date Calendar of Events and room locations.
Each year we host and/or co-sponsor a number of career fairs in the education, not-for-profit, international and corporate sectors (e.g., PreK-12 Education Career Fair) designed to help TC students and alumni find jobs and internships. Check our Calendar page
for an up-to-date Calendar of Events and room locations
Social Media is no longer optional for job seekers; it has become an integral part of career services offices throughout the country. According to a 2009 Career Builder survey, 45% of employers use social media to screen potential candidates and this percentage is growing. These employers are looking to see students’ communication skills, professional demeanor, how well rounded they are, and skills and assets they may possess. Therefore, one of the most essential skills for the 21st century job seeker is an understanding of how to use social media like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
LinkedIn is a professionally oriented social media site used for career networking. With more than 75 million users, LikedIn allows you to exchange information, ideas and opportunities with other people in your field. Used effectively it can be a great tool for networking and job searching for both recent graduates and experienced professionals. It is a place where individuals connect with job-seekers, and where broad cross-industry groups can collaborate to figure out the hottest trends in the professional world.
Facebook currently has 500 million active users, 50% of whom are on Facebook daily. An average user has 80 fan pages, events, and groups that they are a part of. In total, people spend 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook. In terms of professional networking, privacy issues are important. Employers have started screening for potential employees through Facebook. It has become a digital space where employers can get to know you and your personality. Therefore, it is essential to draw a line between your personal and public life. If you have a current account with a lot of personal information, consider creating a separate account for professional use.
Twitter is a social networking tool that enables people to create accounts and review other accounts. Twitter is the fastest growing social media site. Between 2008-2009, Twitter grew at an astounding 1,382%. It is a simple tool that can help you in your job search and networking pursuits. You can connect with companies, organizations, and contacts within your area of interest. Read bios of whom you are following, and those who are following you, to get insight into their interests.