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Teachers College, Columbia University
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Congratulations 2015 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.

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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.

Services Offered

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 Alumni/Student LinkedIn Networking Group

Teachers College Career Services (TCCS), Columbia University LinkedIn Group
Connect with TC alumni and fellow students, exchange information, ideas and opportunities with others in your field, and learn about upcoming TCCS programs & events.

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.
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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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Salary Negotiation

When evaluating a salary offer or choosing between offers, consider the net value of all monetary benefits and expenses. Fringe benefits, such as health insurance, retirement contribution, and tuition reimbursement for graduate studies, can equal 25% - 40% of the total salary package. Job-related expenses, such as formal business attire, safe and convenient housing, and transportation, can significantly decrease your net income.

Information needed to evaluate a salary package

  1. Written description of responsibilities
  2. Start date
  3. Starting salary, including benefits package
  4. Comparative salary and cost of living information
  5. Vacation time
  6. Salary review schedule. When will your first performance review and possible salary increase occur?
  7. Signing bonus – is one offered?
  8. Relocation stipend – are moving expenses or trips to locate housing included?
  9. Spousal/partner assistance in locating a new position
  10. Stock options, if applicable

 Other factors to consider

  1. Company reputation and financial stability
  2. Job security
  3. Facilities and working conditions
  4. Size of company
  5. Type of industry
  6. Sector of the economy – public, private, nonprofit?
  7. Amount of travel required
  8. Training programs and educational opportunities
  9. Advancement opportunities
  10. Geographic location, cost of living, and relocation expense
Online Resources to Determine Salary Range

Negotiating a Salary Package

You should not feel that you are expected to negotiate a higher salary. On the other hand, it is not impolite or unprofessional to negotiate; just make sure you have all the information you need to negotiate effectively. If the salary is fair, you may prefer to negotiate on other issues, such as a signing on bonus

(Adapted from Cornell University Career Services)

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