How to Use Your College Career Center's Resources, Even After Graduation


Every year as graduation approaches, students reach out wondering if they can continue to speak with me after they leave the university. Although graduation is the end of your academic journey, it's not the end of your connection to your alma mater, and the career center can be a focal point of that contact.

“Visit your career center's website for a sneak peek of its offerings for alumni," advises Ivette Mekdessi, assistant director of career development at Rice University. Some institutions offer career services access for a timed period following graduation. Others, like my institution, offer free lifetime access, while some have a career department specifically working with alumni. That department usually falls within the alumni association, and in certain cases, provides services for a fee.

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