Four-Year Plan

What is career and life planning?
Career and life planning is an on-going process. It involves exploring your temperament, values, interests and skills in order to expand your self-knowledge and better evaluate your career direction. It also involves exploration and experimentation in the world of work.

How can Career Services help?
During each of your years at Pitzer, we want to provide you with the necessary information, services, and resources to help you with your career and life planning. Below are checklists to help you start. Better yet print out our newly designed checklists available in PDF format below. Do not be overwhelmed...do a little at a time and let us help you.

First Year Checklist PDF        Sophomore Year Checklist PDF      Junior Year Checklist PDF       Senior Year Checklist PDF

Freshmen

  • Meet with a career counselor to discuss your career options with a liberal arts degree.
  • Learn about career paths Pitzer graduates have pursued with their majors.
  • Explore academic majors and discuss with field group professors.
  • Take career inventories to assess your interests, skills, values, and personality type.
  • Attend career-related programs and workshops.
  • Review occupational materials in our resource library. Many are available for overnight checkout.
  • Explore and apply early for summer jobs and internships.
  • Create or update your resume.
  • Develop leadership skills by participating in campus and community service activities.

Sophomores

  • Meet with a career counselor to discuss your career options with a liberal arts degree.
  • Review occupational and graduate school materials in our resource library. Many are available for overnight checkout.
  • Attend career-related programs and workshops.
  • Request alumni names to learn about career paths Pitzer graduates have pursued with their majors.
  • Conduct information interviews with alumni and professionals who work in fields that interest you.
  • Obtain an internship to explore career fields and develop career-related skills.
  • Create or update your resume.
  • Explore and apply early for summer jobs and internships.
  • Develop leadership skills by participating in campus and community service activities.

Juniors

  • Begin to explore graduate and professional school as an option.
  • Attend career and graduate school fairs.
  • Review occupational and graduate school materials in our resource library. Many are available for overnight checkout.
  • Request alumni names to learn about career paths Pitzer graduates have pursued with their majors.
  • Continue to conduct "informal interviews" with alumni or other professionals in your field of interest.
  • Meet with a counselor and continue to explore your career options and goals.
  • Attend career-related workshops and seminars.
  • Attend employer information sessions offered at all the Claremont Colleges.
  • Create or update your resume.
  • Join professional associations or organizations related to your field of interest and attend their meetings.
  • Obtain an internship to explore career fields and develop career-related skills.
  • Explore and apply early for summer jobs or internships.
  • Research fellowship opportunities. Many applications are due early Fall semester of senior year.
  • Develop leadership skills by participating in campus and community service activities.

Seniors

  • Explore graduate and professional school programs.
  • Attend graduate and professional school work shops and seminars.
  • Take GRE or other required standardized entrance exams.
  • Research fellowships opportunities. Many applications are due early Fall semester.
  • Register with PitzerLink to participate in the Claremont College On-Campus recruiting program. See Teresa Flores, Assistant Director, for details.
  • Meet with a career counselor to clarify your career options and goals.
  • Review occupational and graduate school materials in our resource library. Many are available for overnight checkout.
  • Obtain an internship to explore career fields and develop career-related skills.
  • Meet with a counselor to develop your job search plan.
  • Attend job search and interviewing workshops.
  • Update your resume and cover letters.
  • Research potential employers.
  • Identify individuals who can write letters of recommendation for graduate school or jobs.
  • Request alumni names to learn about career paths Pitzer graduates have pursued.
  • Continue to conduct "information interviews" with alumni or other professionals in your field of interest.
  • Network with alumni and other professionals.
  • Conduct a mock interview with a career counselor.
  • Attend employer information sessions offered at all the Claremont Colleges.
  • Join professional associations or organizations related to your field of interest and attend their meetings.
  • Develop leadership skills by participating in campus and community service activities.