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Colby Career Center

2010 – 2011 Annual Report


Table of Contents

Mission Statement and Staff Listing

2

Inspired Success

3–5

Inspired Results

6–8

Inspired Study

9 – 11

Inspired Experience

12 – 17

Inspired Insight and Confidence

18 – 21

Inspired Community

22 – 27

Career Center Resources

28 – 29


Career Center Mission Statement To assist students and alumni in career exploration, to acquaint them with job search skills and the resources necessary to reach their career goals, and to help them locate specific employment and graduate school opportunities. Career Center Staff At Colby the emphasis is on individual student attention. The Career Center has an enthusiastic staff serving six concentrations, including career counseling, graduate school advising, internship and employment coordination, self-assessments, fellowship programming, and Colby Connect facilitation. Roger Woolsey, B.A. (San Diego State University), M.A. (Emerson College) Director Cate Talbot Ashton, B.A. (Colby College ’80), M.A. (Bowling Green State University), M.L.I.S. (University of South Carolina) Associate Director Erica Humphrey, B.A. (University of Maine), Ed.M. (Harvard University), M.B.A. (Boston College) Associate Director/Employer Relations Leslie Kingsley, B.S. (Plymouth State University), M.Ed (Ohio University) Assistant Director/Career Counselor Shauna Hirshfield, B.A. (Hamilton College), M.S. (Syracuse University) Assistant Director for Internships & Employer Programming Tammi-Lynn Hamm, A.A.S. (Kennebec Valley Community College) Administrative Secretary Student Workers Mavrick Afonso`11 Kukua Banson`11 Amanda Palffy`11 Tracey Tomlinson`12 Desiree Shayer`12 Eliza Larson`13 Jalene Regassa`13 Abbott Matthews`13 Claire Dunn`13 Peer Advisors Mavrick Afonso`11 Kukua Banson`11 Amanda Palffy`11 Tracey Tomlinson`12 Desiree Shayer`12


1. 2011 Executive Summary The success of ―students‘ future endeavors‖ depends on the preparation to meet the expectations of employment recruiters, graduate school advisors, and fellowship coordinators. In 2011, the Career Center succeeded in preparing students for their future by counseling approximately 3,418 students and conducting 127 workshops. The Colby Career Center accepted the challenge of a contracted labor market still affected by one of the worst economic recessions in over 25 years. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the national average for unemployment for the class 2011 was prognosticated at 12%. The Career Center responded to the recession with 58% of Colby graduates employed at graduation, with another 19% attending graduate studies. The Career Center was committed to assisting our seniors with programming that best prepared them for the near future. The Career Center created two new programs in 2011, the Pre-Med Academy and the Entrepreneurial Alliance. The Pre-Med Academy Jan Plan paired 14 Colby pre-med students with MaineGeneralaffiliated physicians in the Waterville area for intensive job shadowing and clinical observation experience. The Entrepreneurial Alliance educated and mentored 40 Colby students on the principles of entrepreneurship and worked in partnership with Colby alumni, parents, and members of the local community to prepare students for Colby‘s Spring Business Competition, in which $15,000 was awarded to two deserving enterprises. In 2011, individual career counseling appointments increased, a steady improvement during the past two years. In fact, from 2009 to 2011 ―unique‖ career counseling appointments increased by 68%. Within the past two years alone, career counseling appointments with first-year students rose from 96 (2009) to 154 (2011); a 62% increase. Individual career counseling appointments with seniors were up 86% (296 in 2009 to 342 in 2011). Through Colby Connect, career counseling appointments, collaborative programming, and an increase in internships and employment establishes the Career Center‘s status as truly unique – a Career Center that shapes, informs, and enhances student learning and prepares Colby students for success in the 21st Century. Career Center 2010–2011 Year Highlights Career Counseling: The Career Center staff conducted 3,418 consultations with 1,096 individual students and alumni; an 87% increase from 2010. Additionally, from 2009 to 2011: o Annual ―multiple‖ career counseling appointments increased by 55%. o Annual first-year career counseling appointments increased by 62%. o Annual sophomore career counseling appointments increased by 36%. o Annual junior career counseling appointments increased by 86%. o Annual senior career counseling appointments increased by 86%. o Annual alumni career counseling appointments increased by 55%. Employment: Data collected throughout the year and from the 2011 Senior Survey indicates that 58% of 2011 graduates have accepted offers of employment. Graduate School: Graduate school advising includes masters and doctoral programs in the full range of academic disciplines as well as assisting students pursuing graduate study in professional schools including but not limited to business, law, and medical/dental/veterinary medicine. The annual Graduate School Fair brought 80 admissions representatives from over


400 different graduate programs to campus in October. Over 250 students attended the 2-hour event. According to the 2011 Senior Survey data, 19% of 2011 graduates were accepted to graduate programs in a variety of fields. Specific data for applicants to medical and law schools is available: o 80% of all Colby medical school applicants gained admission to allopathic and osteopathic medical schools according to data for the most recent application cycle (includes alumni applicants). o 89.2 % of Colby applicants to law school in the most recent release of data were offered admission to law school (includes alumni applicants). Fellowships: The Career Center collaborated with and supported 14 faculty advisors providing outreach, guidance, and advice to current students and alumni on fellowship and scholarship opportunities. In 2011, Colby yielded 4 Fulbright, 1 Watson, and 4 NSF grants, along with numerous other post-graduate fellowship opportunities. o The Career Center enhanced outreach efforts to educate students on fellowship opportunities by planning an Evening of Fellowship event which brought in approximately 100 student participants to learn about various fellowship opportunities. Internships: The Career Center facilitated a 6% increase in internship placements, contributing to 145 Jan Plan assignments, including an increase in completed internships in 22 different countries. o The Career Center took steps to re-institute internships for academic credit, effective in Fall 2011, allowing students to earn one credit per internship experience, up to a total of three credits toward the 128 required to graduate. Colby Connect Membership: A total of 935 students were active participants in Colby Connect including 327 new first-year members. o Annual first-year retention rate for completed Colby Connect workshops is 68%. Colby Connect Workshops: Career Center staff conducted a total of 85 Colby Connect workshops in 2010-2011. o General Programming Workshops: The Career Center staff presented 42 additional general-programming workshops for Colby students contributing to 127 workshops overall for 2011. Pre-Med Academy: The 2011 Pre-Med Academy Jan Plan paired 14 Colby pre-med students with MaineGeneral-affiliated physicians in the Waterville area for a month-long, intensive job shadowing and clinical observation experience.


Entrepreneurial Alliance: The Entrepreneurial Alliance educated and mentored 40 Colby students on the principles of entrepreneurship and worked in partnership with Colby alumni and parents as well as the local community to prepare students for Colby‘s Spring 2011 Business Competition. o $10,000 grant recipient for 2011: My Fresh Maine o $5,000 grant recipient for 2011: Our Homegrown Collective Colby Alumni and Parents Affinity Groups: Currently, the Career Center has 14 active affinity groups, with more than 800 members. Colby Affinity Group Mixers: The Career Center, in collaboration with Alumni Relations, sponsored five affinity group mixers, including Business and Commercial Real Estate, Finance, Education, Journalism, and Nonprofit. Voice and Articulation Tutorials: During the 2010-2011 year, 17 students participated for a combined total of 62 tutorials.


Employer Relations Through workshops, individual counseling, and specialized programming, the Career Center proactively prepares students for a selective and highly competitive job market. Based on data collected throughout the year and from the 2011 Senior Survey, 58% of seniors have, to date, accepted offers of employment. Currently, the Career Center offers three recruiting opportunities to students and employers, including on-campus recruiting, consortia events, and remote conferencing. 2010-2011 Full-time Employers List Academy of Natural Sciences Acadia Corporation (2) Advanced EMT AKIRA Chicago Alford Lake Camp Allegro Microsystems ALS TDI Americorp VISTA – DC Ameriprise Financial Analysis Group Aspen Center for Environmental Studies Avon Products, Inc Baldwin School Barclays Capital (3) BB&N School Beauvoir-National Cathedral Elementary School Ben & Jerry's Blackrock Brigham & Women‘s Hospital (2) Brown Brothers Harriman Cambridge Associates (2) Camp Eagle Wing Cape Cod Times CDC/NIOSH/EID/DDB Cellmark Graphics Centro Sub Portorotondo Charles River Associates Charles River Development (2) Chestnut Hill School Chewonki Children's Hospital Boston (2) China Entrepreneurs Chine & Curtis, LLP Chitika Online Adv. Network Choate Summer Citibank City Year Colby College (3) Columbia Publishing Course Community Bank Compass Lexecon (2) Country Club Rd LLC Credit Suisse Securities (2) Ctr. for Whole Communities Curtainwall Design D/L Ranch Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (2)

Eze Castle Software Fieldstone Outdoors Camp Flora Creative Design Fred Hutchinson Cancer Res. Center Freer Gallery of Art French Ministry of Education Fund for Public Interest (2) General Dynamics: Electric Boat GIAC Goldman Sachs (2) Good Clean Fun Greenwich Country Day School (2) Happy Heart & WHHP at MGM Hartley Nature Center Heartwood Regional Theater Horizon Marketing Group HSBC IBM (5) IDA Architects iModerate Research Technologies JET Program Kempinski Hotel Kinneret Day School Hotlas High School Liberty Mutual (2) Logos Technologies Macedonia Consulting & Dev. Maine Arts Camp Maine Magazine Marianapolis Preparatory School Marketing & Planning Systems Mass Audubon Nature Center Massachusetts General Hospital (6) MATCH Corps (2) Mercy Corp Middle East Institute Middlebury Summer Language School Miss Hall's School Morgan Stanley Morningstar Mountains to Sound Greenway MSNBC Nancy Marshall Communications National Parks Service Naturalist Cape Henlopen State Park Neponset Animal Hospital New Canaan Country School New England Revolution NIH (2)

Overland (3) Parizade Partners Healthcare Peace Corps (4) Penn Mutual Life Insurance Physical Sciences, Inc. Piper Jaffray Potomac Animal Hospital Princeton University Psychosocial Research-Butler Hospital Putnam Investments RAPP agency of DBB Group Rockport Boat Club RT Book Reviews Magazine Sabattis Adventure Camp Save the Bay Seacoast United Senator Jeanne Shaheen Seney National Wildlife Refuge Slow Food Movement South India Term Aboard Squirrel Island Historical Society St. Mark's School Sturgis Charter Public School Synergy School Tabor Academy (2) TALK TAPIF Teach for America (13) The Andover Companies The Foundation for Sustainable Dev. The Gunnery School The Nature Conservancy The Nielsen Company The NPD Group The Road Less Traveled The School at Columbia The Trust for Public Land Town of Nanae Trading Technologies Int. Treacy & Company Consulting Tyler Technologies U Michigan UNC-Chapel Hill Under Armour Univ. of Minnesota Univ. of Utah Univ. of Wyoming


Dartmouth College Davien Littlefield Inc. DCF Wilderness School Desjardins Group Deutsche Bank Eggshell Studios Elderflower Farm EMC Corporation EMD Millepore/Merck Environmental Defense Fund Explorations Summer Program

NOAA Fisheries Noble and Greenough School Nobles Day Camp Northfield Mount Hermon Northside Animal Hospital Northwest Girlchoir Northwestern Mutual NYU Child Study Center Oldfields School OneWire

Unum (2) Upward Bound Volunteer Lawyers Project Walpole Public Library Waterville Public Library Whale Center of New England Wilderness Inquiry Winslow Town Office

New Relationships The past academic year showed marked gains in the number of interviews through on-campus recruiting sessions. New relationships were developed with Amazon, Belvedere Trading, Bessemer Trust, Central Intelligence Agency, iModerate, Lazard, McKinsey, Saatchi & Saatchi, and Santander. The Career Center also reinvigorated relationships with Bain Consulting, EF Education First, and Penn Mutual. Major recruiting partners were rewarded as never before; Barclays Capital captured three fulltime employees from their internship program, and the company also hired three new summer interns. Five seniors also joined IBM Global Business Services for the Public Sector on a full-time basis. Perhaps the greatest success for the Career Center and Colby‘s students was with Teach for America where thirteen Colby grads—beating last year‘s record number—will be working as Corps members throughout the country. Multiple Colby grads will also be working for Massachusetts General Hospital, Unum, Cambridge Associates, and the Fund for the Public Interest among others. See ―2011 Full-time Jobs‖ for complete reporting. The Career Center continued to see an increase in the number of firms utilizing electronic media (telephone or Skype) for screening or first-round interviews prior to inviting students for on-site interviews. The Career Center views this as a welcome alternative to the possibility of eliminating Colby from recruiting processes altogether due to the increased expense of sending recruiters to Waterville. In addition, the Career Center continues to collaborate with its colleagues at Bates and Bowdoin (via our CBB cooperative) in order to attract employers to Maine and to increase opportunities for students. Senior Meetings / Information Sessions The Career Center conducted senior meetings during the first week of class which were well attended by approximately 310 seniors. These meetings, in conjunction with regular promotion through a variety of channels, helped create a sense of urgency for students wishing to use the services of the Career Center. As a result, information sessions saw a strong overall attendance at 608 formally counted attendees. Recruiters commented that Colby was consistently attracting good attention to their info sessions and that they were impressed by the etiquette and questions with which they were presented. Total number of individual information sessions was 75, spread amongst employers, government agencies, graduate schools, and student programming. 2010-2011 Information Sessions Analysis Group Andover Companies Apogee Adventures Barclays Capital Baxter State Park Beacon Group, The Belvedere Trading, LLC Brattle Group, The Cambridge Associates, LLC Camp Arcadia

Green Corps High Mountain Institute IBM F1toH1.com Global Vision International iModerate Research Technologies iW group, inc. Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program John Hancock Boston Partners LARC – Boston Recruiting Connection


Camp Kingswood Carney, Sandoe and Associates CBB-Job Fair at Bowdoin College Central Intelligence Agency Charles River Associates (CRA) Christie‘s Education City Year, Inc. Columbia Publishing Course Compass Lexecon Cornerstone Research Dalhousie University Dental School Dartmouth Institute (TDI) Department of Navy Duke University-Nicholas School of Environment Educator‘s Ally, Inc. EF Education Exploration Summer Programs Eze Castle Software

Main Idea, The Monterey Institute Morningstar, Inc. New England Center for children, The Northwestern Mutual Financial Network Ocean Spray Cranberries Overland Peace Corps Procter & Gamble Prudential Insurance Tabor Academy Summer Program Teach for America Tuck Business Bridge Program-Dartmouth College University of Edinburgh Unum Verizon Wireless Washington Center for Internships & Academic


Graduate and Professional Graduate School Approximately three quarters of Colby students will go on to earn a graduate degree. The Career Center is available for advice on the process of applying to graduate or professional schools. Students may pick up registration booklets for various tests (GRE, Praxis, LSAT, MCAT, etc.) or check the Career Center's graduate school page for Web links. Information is also provided about test-prep classes. Students are encouraged to make an appointment with a Career Center staff member as early as possible to talk about graduate school plans. Colby students interested in particular graduate programs work with preparation committees that include faculty, administrators, and alumni. Strong advising programs exist to help students interested in health professions and law school. Pre – Med/Health Professions Advising Medical School Application and Acceptance Statistics (MD and DO combined) (updated Spring 2011)

Entering Year

Total # Applicants*

# and % applicants who were alumni**

Average MCAT

Average GPA

2010

30

22/73.3%

30.0

3.45

27

90.0%

2009

44

39/88.6%

30.5

3.36

29

65.9%

2008

29

21/72.4%

31.0

3.42

17

58.6%

2007

41

35/85.4%

30.1

3.37

25

60.9%

2006

46

38/82.6%

29.7

3.38

25

54.3%

% of applicants accepted to medical school:

# Accepted to 1 or more schools

% of applicants accepted to medical school

5 Year Average 65.94%

* Includes only alumni who authorized release of their individual data (scores/gpa, where they applied, where they were accepted and/or matriculated) to Colby. ** "Alumni" applicants include all those who took one or more years to engage in other activities between graduating from Colby and starting their medical studies. Medical schools where Colby applicants have matriculated over the past 5 years*: Albany Medical School Boston University School of Medicine (2) Brown University, Warren Alpert Medical School (3) Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Columbia Univ. College of Physicians and Surgeons (3) Creighton University Dartmouth Medical School (4) Drexel University College of Medicine (2) The George Washington University (3) Harvard Medical School Howard University College of Medicine Indiana University Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson Univ. (2) Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Keck School of Medicine of the Univ. of S. California Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (2) Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (3)

Oregon Health and Science Univ. School of Medicine (2) Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (3) Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine Ross University Rush Medical College of Rush University (3) St. Louis University School of Medicine SUNY Downstate Medical Center (Brooklyn) Temple University School of Medicine (5) Tufts University School of Medicine (16) Tulane University School of Medicine (2) UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson (3) Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine University of Connecticut School of Medicine University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine University of Kentucky College of Medicine University of Louisville School of Medicine (2)


Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine (3) Medical College of Wisconsin Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York University New York Medical College (2) Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry University of Toledo College of Medicine University of Utah University of Vermont College of Medicine (4) University of Washington School of Medicine (Seattle) (2)

University of Maryland School of Medicine (3) University of Massachusetts Medical School (8) University of Minnesota Medical School (2) Univ. of New England Coll. of Osteopathic Medicine (18) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University of Pennsylvania Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Washington University- St. Louis Wayne State University School of Medicine Weill Cornell Medical College

Pre-Law Advising As a result of the recession, the number of applicants to law school was up in 2010-2011. Despite the increase in the competition, the success rate of Colby applicants was the highest in the past five years with 89.2% of our applicants accepted to at least one law school.

Law Schools where Colby applicants have matriculated over the past 5 years: Albany Law School American University (5) Benjamin Cardozo Sch. of Law (2) Boston College (11) Boston University (4) Brooklyn Law School (10) California Western Sch. of Law (2) Case Western Reserve Catholic University of America (4) CUNY School of Law Columbia University (3)

Seton Hall University (2) Stanford University Suffolk University (21) Syracuse University (3) Temple University Texas Wesleyan University University of Alabama University of Calif. – Berkeley (2) University of California – Davis (4) Univ. of California – Hastings (2) Univ. of Calif. - Los Angeles (2)


Cornell University (3) Duke University (2) Emory University (2) Fordham University (5) George Mason University (2) George Washington University (5) Georgetown University (4) Golden Gate University (2) Harvard Law School (4) Hofstra University (2) Lewis & Clark - Northwestern Loyola Law School Los Angeles Loyola Univ. New Orleans New England Law - Boston (5) New York Law School (3) Northeastern University (15) Northwestern University (2) Ohio Northern University Pace University (3) Penn State - Dickinson Regent University Roger Williams School of Law (4) Rutgers University (Camden) (2) Rutgers University (Newark) Saint John's University (3) St. Louis Univ. School of Law (2) St. Mary‘s University Seattle University (3)

University of Chicago (2) University of Colorado (4) University of Connecticut (7) University of Denver (5) University of Georgia University of Hawai‘i Manoa University of Iowa University of Maine (29) University of Maryland University of Miami University of Michigan (2) University of New Hampshire (3) University of Oregon University of the Pacific University of Pennsylvania University of Pittsburgh University of San Diego (3) University of South Carolina University of Tennessee University of Virginia (6) University of Wisconsin (3) Vermont Law School (8) Villanova University (2) Washburn University Washington and Lee Washington Univ. Missouri William and Mary (2) William Mitchell Coll. of Law (2)

Fellowship Advising The Career Center encourages fellowship opportunities for Colby students by providing support to 14 faculty advisors through promoting information sessions. The Career Center also encourages students to participate in individual counseling appointments to learn further about fellowship opportunities, qualifications and the application process. To increase students‘ educational awareness on fellowship opportunities, the Career Center hosted an Evening of Fellowship event which attracted approximately 100 Colby students where 7 faculty advisors were present representing their respective fellowship. Colby Sponsored Fellowship Recipients Fulbright‘s- ETA's (4) Watson (1) NSF's (4) Other Fellowships Recipients UT Recruiting Fellowship Slater Iowa Arts Fellowship Rackham Merit Fellowship Peace Fellowship

Community Innovation Climate Fellowship DC Teaching Fellow Teaching Fellowship


Internships During the 2010-2011 academic year, the Career Center focused on further refining the internship program. Special attention was given to improving procedures and processes – the internship administration online system was updated, and we collaborated more closely with faculty. The office took steps to re-institute internships for academic credit, effective in Fall 2011, allowing students to earn one credit per internship experience, up to a total of three credits toward the 128 required to graduate. Through weekly promotion via on-campus bulletin boards and online media such as General Announcements and Official Notices and the regular offering of a series of Internship-related programming, the number of students pursuing Career Center Approved Jan Plan internships increased with 167 applications started and 150 completed. Jan Plan Internship Comparisons

Jan Plan internships completed for 2011 rose roughly 6% from 2010, and included a total of 34 international internships in 22 different countries. Jan Plan International Internships Yearly Report

Year 2011 2010 2009 2008

International Internships 35 35 14 21

Countries 23 19 9 11


Jan Plan Internships Yearly Report

Year

Applications Started

Completed (CR)

No Credit (NC)

Withdrawn (WD)

2011 2010 2009 2008 2007

167 166 164 220 226

150 139 128 195 194

4 2 1 1 0

1 13 24 4 17

Year

Total # of Students who started an application

Completed (CR)

No Credit (NC)

Withdrawn (WD)

2010 2009 2008 2007

31 28 24 40

24 18 15 20

1 1 1 0

6 2 2 0

Year 2011

Total Apps Started as of 10/12/2011 32

Other Reasons for Not Completing (CA, VD, NR, IP) 12 12 11 20 15

Summer Internships

Completed (CR) 16

In Process (IP) 12

Other Reasons for Not Completing (CA, CR, IP) 7 6 20

Not Completed (0, etc.) 4

Internship Sites 2010-2011 ABC News Ackroyd Publications/The Bulletin Adams Street Dermatology AFAR Magazine Alexander McQueen Alice James Books Ama Foundation: Ama Ghar Home American Lung Association American Museum of Natural History-Ichthyology Depart. Animal Planet Aoi Advertising Promotion Inc Architecture and Design Institute of Guizhou Province Arnold Worldwide Bethesda Magazine Big Girls, Small Kitchen Bleacher Report Bloomberg TV Boston Family Office BRIDES Magazine Bureau of Land Management California Women's Foundation Cape Cod Times

Maine State Police Crime Lab MaineGeneral Medical Center, Thayer Campus Massachusetts Financial Services Massachusetts General Hospital Critical Care Center Meadow Brook Equine Meg Connolly Communications Metronome Review Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy Minnesota Public Radio Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Mount Washington Weather Observatory Nale & Nale Law Firm National Abilities Center Natural Resources Council of Maine NENSA Lease Office New England Nordic Ski Association Nina Campbell North End Community Health Center Ocean Spray Office of Representative Mike Michaud Office of Senator Kerry One World Children's Fund


CBRE The Boulos Company CCSU English Department Centro Panamericano de Idiomas Child Family Health International Christie's Cincinnati Magazine Coastal Enterprises, Inc. Colby Admissions and Financial Aid Colby Alumni & Donor Relations Office Conde Nast Traveler Magazine CPI: Spanish Immersion School Crosscut.com Denver Children's Advocacy Center Depart. of Child Psychiatry, Mass General Hospital Discovery Communications Division of Infectious Disease Epidemiology Dr. Stefano Fusi M.D. Economic Institute of Cambodia Eduventures, Inc. Environment Maine Face to Face AIDS Project/Salvation Center Cambodia Fenix Gartnavel General Hospital Golden Pond Wealth Management Goldstein Pierce PR Gray Associates Greenwich Associates Harvard Laboratory for Developmental Studies Harvard Medical School Department of Pathology Health Canada: Environmental Health Science & Research Holy Cross Hospital Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre Limited Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project - ILAP iModerate Research Technologies IntegraMed America, Inc International Trade Resource Center Kantonsschule ZĂźrcher Unterland Kaseda Junior High School KAYAK.com Kennebec Behavioral Health Kennebec Land Trust Kennebec Veterinary Services Kennebec/Somerset County District Attorney's Office La Jolla Light Lane Media Group Law Office of Mahsa Khanbabai LC Bates Museum Lissa's Candles Longview: an Ithacare Community Mahoosuc Guide Service Maine State Government Summer Internship Program

Outdoors For All Palo Alto Medical Foundation Pediatric Associates of Brockton Pediatric Cardiologist Unit The Children's Hospital Denver Pilgrim Lodge, Maine Conference United Church of Christ Planet Fitness Planned Parenthood Polo Ralph Lauren Proskauer Rose LLP R. Thomas West Furniture Radio SarandĂ­ and Membrillofilms S.A. Roundsquare School Louisenlund RTBOOKREVIEWS Sappi Fine Paper Seattle Bouldering Project Shirati health, Education & Development Foundation Sidekim Foods Somerset County District Attorney Sotheby's Art Auction House South End Teen Center St. Andres School Student Peace Alliance TAA (Trade Adjustment Assistance) Coalition Tamalpais High School Telegraaf teleSys Software The Boston Foundation The Bronx Defenders The Divine Cupcake The Nature Conservancy The North and South Rivers Watershed Association The Office of Senator Olympia J. Snowe The Old Vic New Voices The SPARK Center The U.S. Conference of Mayors Tiny Island Volunteers TPN: Reimagine Retail Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Coalition Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine UBS Financial Services University of Connecticut School of Nursing &Medicine VE Global Verbatim Sound Studios VideoArhiv The Herald News VOX Global WCSH6 William Morris Endeavor Wisnik Career Enterprises WJFK 106.7 The Fan World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms VOLKSBANK RAIFFEISENBANK Starnberg-HerrschingLandsberg eG


Funded Internships The Career Center manages the application process for student funding available for internships, chairing a committee that makes award decisions. During the 2010-2011 academic year, the Career Center coordinated the application process for temporary funding opportunities through the Fund for Student Research and Internships in the Physical Sciences (which, though still temporary, will continue indefinitely) and through the Freeman Foundation (which will be extended for another year). For Jan Plan 2011, the Career Center coordinated 19 funding applications (including the Biddle Fund and the Fund for Physical Sciences) awarding $9,005 to 12 students as well as six (6) Freeman applications awarding $13,473 to four (4) students for a total of $22,478. For Summer 2011, 28 funding applications were submitted with $28,430 awarded to 16 students in addition to 12 Freeman applications with $36,000 awarded to 10 student applicants for a total of $64,430. The Career Center also collaborated with Major Gifts, Donor Relations, and Financial Services to determine balances available (to be awarded from each fund), to ensure that donors‘ intents were met, and to ensure the funds were well-stewarded. Biddle Fund Yearly Report Year

Term

# of Applicants

2010 2010 2011 2011

Jan Plan Summer Jan Plan Summer

7 3 6 7

# of Awards Granted 2 1 0 2

Total $ Awarded

Average Award per Student

$3,500.00 $2,210.00 $0 $3,130.00

$1,750.00 $2,210.00 $0 $1,565.00

Medalie Award Yearly Report Year

Term

# of Applicants

2008 2008 2009 2009 2010 2010 2011 2011

Jan Plan Summer Jan Plan Summer Jan Plan Summer Jan Plan Summer

2 4 1 4 1 1 2 7

# of Awards Granted 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0

Total $ Awarded

Average Award per Student

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,000.00 $0.00 $1,000.00 $0.00 $0.00

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,000.00 $0.00 $1,000.00 $0.00 $0.00

Stage Award Yearly Report Year

Term

# of Applicants

2008 2008 2009 2009 2010 2010 2011 2011

Jan Plan Summer Jan Plan Summer Jan Plan Summer Jan Plan Summer

3 3 2 6 3 3 8 5

# of Awards Granted 0 1 0 1 2 3 0 0

Total $ Awarded

Average Award per Student

$0.00 $1,000.00 $0.00 $1,000.00 $2,575.00 $4,200.00 $0.00 $0.00

$0.00 $1,000.00 $0.00 $1,000.00 $1,287.50 $1,400.00 $0.00 $0.00


Freeman Award Yearly Report Year

Term

# of Applicants

2009 2010 2010 2011 2011

Summer Jan Plan Summer Jan Plan Summer

12 10 9 6 12

# of Awards Granted 9 5 9 4 10

Total $ Awarded

Average Award per Student

$29,968 $13,290.00 $37,198.00 $13,473.00 $36,000.00

$3,329.78 $1,329.00 $4,133.11 $3,368.25 $3,600.00

Roderick Award Yearly Report Year

Term

# of Applicants

2009 2010 2011

Summer Summer Summer

12 9 1

# of Awards Granted 1 1 0

Total $ Awarded $3,000.00 $4,000.00 $0.00

Fund for Research and Internships in the Physical Sciences Yearly Report Year

Term

# of Applicants

2009 2010 2010 2011

Summer Jan Plan Summer Summer

1 1 1 1

# of Awards Granted 0 1 0 1

Total $ Awarded

Average Award per Student

$0.00 $2,313.00 $0.00 $4,550.00

$0.00 $2,313.00 $0.00 $4,550.00

Linda K. Cotter Award Yearly Report Year

Term

# of Applicants

2008 2008 2009 2009 2010 2010 2011 2011

Jan Plan Summer Jan Plan Summer Jan Plan Summer Jan Plan Summer

10 28 10 21 10 23 15 22

# of Awards Granted 9 21 8 13 8 12 9 13

Total $ Awarded $9,670.00 $42,575.00 $9,503.00 $18,650.00 $8,345.00 $19,850.00 $9,005.00 $20,750.00

Average Award per Student $1,074.44 $2,027.38 $1,187.88 $1,434.62 $1,043.13 $1,654.17 $1,000.56 $1,596.15


Malinoki Award Yearly Report Year

Term

2011 Jan Plan 2011 Summer

# of Applicants 6 6

# of Awards Granted 3 0

Total $ Awarded $3,500.00 $0

Average Award per Student $1,166.67 $0

In-Semester Internships As in the past, another key goal for the Career Center this year was to develop in-semester internships. Through memberships in the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce and the Kennebec Valley Entrepreneurial Network, the Career Center fostered new and strengthened old relationships with employers in the Greater Waterville area in an effort to develop more internship opportunities in the local community. The office used workshops and the Chamber‘s annual internship fair to educate students about local – and otherwise – internship opportunities and to promote the importance of insemester internships. In conclusion, the key to enhancing the number of overall internships pursued as well as funding applications submitted has been effective and regular marketing. In addition to promoting internship and funding opportunities and deadlines across campus and electronically, as stated above, the Career Center partnered with the Director of Parent Programs and the Office of Alumni Relations to promote opportunities in monthly newsletters like Out of the Blue and other relevant communications.


Colby Connect Colby Connect is a four-year curriculum built upon a pragmatic developmentally appropriate sequence of workshops, information sessions, and collaborative programming. Colby Connect embraces students and connects them to fellowships, internships, job shadowing, Jan Plan and employment opportunities, and graduate studies. Colby Connect also integrates Career Center programming with alumni, parents, faculty, and recruiters. Each of the four years offers a unique set of three primary workshops that students are expected to complete before advancing through the program. The three workshop foci (self-assessment, career exploration, and communication competence) are essential life skills necessary for individual, academic, and professional development. The Colby Connect four-year curriculum grew and expanded during 2010-2011. In fact, the Career Center added 327 new first-year members to Colby Connect increasing overall membership to 935. Colby Connect completed a total of 85 workshops for 2010-2011 with impressive student satisfaction. Colby Connect Membership First Years Sophomores Juniors Seniors TOTAL

2009-2010 270 200 111

Colby Connect Workshops SA101 CE101 CC101 SA201 CE201 CC201 SA301 CE301 CC301 TOTAL

2009-2010 28 29 27 12 12 12

581

120

2010-2011 327 287 201 120 935 2010-2011 15 13 12 13 12 10 3 3 4 85

*1109 attending students; average attendance 13 Students evaluated Colby Connect workshops after each session. Facilitator evaluations use a Likert Scale (1-strongly disagree to 5-strongly agree). Team Average: 18 out of a possible 20 1: The presenter was able to convey information clearly. 2: Supporting materials, if used, were appropriate and helpful. 3: As a result of this workshop, I feel better prepared. 4: Would you recommend this workshop to other students?

4.7 4.5 4.2 4.4

In addition to the Colby Connect workshops, the Career Center completed 42 general-programming workshops for all Colby student participation.


General Career Workshops Seniors Specialized Career Conversations General Collaborative TOTAL

14 12 6 2 8 42

*425 attending students; average attendance 10 Career Counseling Career Center Staff Counseling Reports 2010 - 2011 All Unique Alumnus/a 554 172 First Year 362 154 Sophomore 506 221 Junior 643 208 Senior 1,353 342 Totals 3,418 1,097 Counseling Appointment by Method 2010 - 2011 Group 99 Phone 108 Drop-ins 449 Individual 1,294 Email 1,468 Totals 3,418

2009 - 2010 All Unique 327 131 385 186 482 187 644 223 1,141 308 2,979 1,035 2009 - 2010 11 93 771 936 1,168 2,979

2008 - 2009 All Unique 123 95 197 96 422 79 353 179 798 296 1,893 745 2008 - 2009 32 37 603 998 223 1,893

Students evaluated career counselors after each appointment during selected periods of the year. Counselor evaluations use a Likert Scale (1-strongly disagree to 5-strongly agree). Team Average: 14 out of a possible 15 1: Did this appointment address the objectives you listed on your app. slip? 2: Was the staff person you met with knowledgeable? 3: Do you have a clear understanding of your next step in your career exploration or job/graduate school/internship search?

4.8 4.8 4.7


Year-Out Survey The year-out survey provides a ―snapshot‖ of employment and graduate school trends for the class of 2010. Data collected through Alumni Relations in May 2011 infers an increase in employment and further study after Colby.

Employers Adimab, LLC AmeriCorps VISTA Analysis Group Barclays Capital Bering Exploration Company, ULC Blue Lake Preschool BNY Convergex Bonnier Corporation Cambridge Associates (2) Casa Myrna Catalyst Rx Children's Hospital Boston Choate Rosemary Hall Clear Admit Commonwealth Childcare Center Communispace Corporation (2) CSN Stores Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Emory University Eze Castle Software, LLC Fairport Central School District Forrester Research GEFCO Gerson Lehrman Group GMMB Groupon High Mountain Institute hopeFound IBM (2) ICG at Columbia University Medical Center Industrial Economics Incorporated Ingenieria y Construccion TrenT Ltda Institution National Univ. of American History Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research L.L. Bean Law Foundation of Silicon Valley Little America Institute LiveIntent, Inc Los Alamos National Laboratory Maine Central Institute Maine Farmland Trust

Malaria No More Policy Center Management Sciences for Health Mass General Hospital MATCH Middle School McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine McLean Hospital Medical Information Technology, Inc. Microsoft Corporation Migration Policy Institute Morningstar, Inc. Mystic Valley Regional Charter School National Center for Children and Families Natural Resources Council of Maine New England Center for Children Next Step Fund NIH/NCI Northwestern Mutual Financial Network (2) NYU Our Lady of Mercy Population Reference Bureau Prescient Life Sciences Princeton Consultants Prudential Financial Public Health Institute Rafael Vinoly Architects Rosenwald Elementary School SASSMM (Sexual Assault Support Services) Seven Step RPO Silverstein Properties SLP Suwon Solid Ground Sunstein, Kann, Murphy & Timbers LLP TAPIF Teach for America (2) The Beacon Group The Fessenden School The Framingham Heart Study Tierney Communications Travel Leaders Tufts University (2) University of Colorado Denver University of Connecticut, Dept. of Psychology University of Maine


Graduate Schools Boston College (2) Christie's Education Columbia University Dartmouth College Duke University Fairfield University Georgetown University Indiana University School of Medicine Leslie University Lewis & Clark Law School Miami University New York University Sarah Lawrence College Suffolk University Temple University School of Medicine

Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College The College of William & Mary School of Law Tufts University (4) University of Maine University of Chicago University of Connecticut University of Denver (2) University of Indianapolis University of London School for Oriental and African studies University of Oregon (2) University of Pennsylvania University of the Arts, Central Saint Martins University of Virginia Law School

Graduates reported being in Masters Programs in fields that include Islamic Law, International Human Rights, Social Work, School Psychology, Environmental Policy & Management, Education, Counseling, Chinese Art History, and Science of Human Genetics. Nine were working toward Doctorate degrees in fields that include Psychology and Ecology. Three had gone on to earn additional Bachelor‘s degrees in Economics and Engineering. Five are earning a J.D., four were in medical school, and one was attending veterinary school.


Career Networking and Outreach Beyond the individual counseling appointments, workshops and other career development initiatives, the Career Center offered a host of diverse programs to students. The Career Center continued to develop and grow the Colby Connect four-year curriculum, offering third-year workshops. To assist seniors with interests in specific career fields, graduate school exploration and fellowship inquiries, the Career Center initiated ―mandatory‖ senior meetings and invitations to participate in the Colby Alumni Network Weekend. Career Center and Alumni Relations Affinity Group Mixer Receptions The Career Center in collaboration with Alumni Relations sponsored five affinity group mixers. The mixerreceptions provide alumni, parents and students an opportunity for those interested in a specific field to meet and discuss their careers. Commercial Real Estate and Business (82 attendees). Non-Profit (34 attendees). Journalism (33 attendees). Education (33 attendees). Finance (77 attendees). LinkedIn: Colby Alumni and Friends The Career Center manages fourteen career categories on our Colby Alumni and Friends portal to assist with networking and communication. The number of alumni participation jumped from 2,400 to over 3,555 in 2011. These affinity groups allow alumni and parents to communicate, network, and mentor peers within desired industries. The subgroups also allow the Career Center to target explicit employment information, general announcements, and events by industry, improving on our ability to manage and distribute professional content. Lastly, the sub-groups help to facilitate the affinity groups‘ interactions and event mixers. Government International Business and Global Affairs Technology and Computer Science Nonprofit Education Finance and Financial Services Law and Legal Services Commercial Real Estate Communication and Media Natural and Environmental Sciences Health and Medicine Athletics Arts and Humanities Entrepreneurship

97 93 80 158 49 178 99 50 145 72 38 253 141 123

Pre-Med Academy The Pre-Med Academy Jan Plan paired 14 Colby pre-med students with MaineGeneral-affiliated physicians in the Waterville area for an 80+-hour job shadowing and clinical observation experience in a variety of medical specialties. Each student developed and completed a project of benefit to the practice of his or her supervising physician and spent time reflecting on his or her experience through weekly group discussions led by two physicians. The Entrepreneurial Alliance Entrepreneurship is emerging as a critical workforce development initiative across the nation. The Career Center‘s entrepreneurship program benefits all Colby students, regardless of major, gender, class year, or


career path. The Entrepreneurial Alliance educated and mentored 40 Colby students on the principles of entrepreneurship and worked in partnership with Colby alumni and parents as well as the local community to prepare students for Colby‘s Spring Business Competition. 2011 Entrepreneurial Alliance Contributors and Advisors Joe Boulos ‗68 Mark Johnson ‗96 EA Membership 40 student members Workshop Titles and Presenters 11 workshops Entrepreneurial Alliance/Kennebec Valley Entrepreneurial Network Kick-Off Reception and Dinner Thursday, September 23 Innovation Thursday, October 7 Presenter: Steve Hallee Organization: TECWIND Business Law Thursday, October 21 Presenter: Dave Bernier '79, Esq. Organization: Marden, Dubord, Bernier & Stevens Entrepreneurial Alliance/Kennebec Valley Entrepreneurial Network Feature Monday, October 25 Keynote Speaker: Erik R. Pages, PhD, President Organization: EntreWorks Consulting Obtaining a Patent Thursday, October 28 Presenter: Bruce Maxwell, PhD, Associate Professor & Chair Organization: Colby College, Computer Science Department What is Your Plan of Attack? Monday, November 1 Presenter: Nancy Marshall '82, Agency Principal Organization: Nancy Marshall Communications Funding Alternatives Thursday, November 4 Presenter: Mark Johnson '96, Senior Director Organization: Conde Nast Marketing & Competitive Analysis Thursday, February 10 Presenter: Roger Woolsey, Director, Colby Career Center Organization: Colby College Financial Planning Tuesday, February 15, Presenter: Prof. Linwood Downs, Assistant Professor Organization: Colby College, Administrative Science Department Organizational Development / Business Models Thursday, March 3 Presenter: John Kenneally, Principal/Consultant Organization: Kenneally and Company


The Pitch Thursday, March 10 Presenter: Roger Woolsey & Erica Humphrey Organization: Colby College, Career Center

Spring 2011 Business Competition Goal All workshops, information sessions, and collaborative programming are designed to assist program participants in preparing their business and final business prospectus. Either individually or as a student group, student participants were expected to research and compose entrepreneurial principles. In other words, the criterion within the Spring 2011 Business Competition focused on integrating both critical and creative approaches to entrepreneurship. Spring 2011 Business Competition Judges Joe Boulos ‗68 Chairman, CBRE|The Boulos Company Deborah Wathen Finn ‗74/P‘07 President, The Wathen Group

Bill Goldfarb ‗68 Principal, HRW Resources, Inc. Mark Johnson ‗96 Senior Director, Conde Nast Seth W. Lawry Managing Director, Thomas H. Lee Partners Robert J. Ryan ‗81 Deputy General Counsel, Stallion Oilfield Services Spring 2011 Business Competition Winners The winner(s) of the Spring 2011 Business Competition were entrepreneur(s) who demonstrated, through real world accomplishments, that their project/idea is the most "funding ready" enterprise in the alliance for that year. The winners of the Spring 2011 competition included a for-profit entity as well as a non-profit organization. My Fresh Company LLC Marcus Josefsson ‗13 Major: Economics-Mathematics Danny Garin ‗13 Major: Economics and Government Noah VanValkenburg ‗13 Major: Government My Fresh Company LLC owns and operates the e-commerce website myfreshmaine.com, which serves as an online farmers' market. Each participating farm has its own "virtual storefront" that allows customers to read about the farm, view pictures, and purchase fresh produce and artisan goods. All orders ship directly to the customer within 48 hours of purchase.


Our Homegrown Collective Benjamin Weinberger ‗11 Major: Biology; Concentration: Environmental Science Our Homegrown Collective is a Chicago-based social enterprise that emphasizes healthy, organic eating and the ―eat local‖ movement by starting and maintaining vegetable gardens in people's yards. Our Homegrown Collective will utilize resources from its own farm and will employ high school students, while also educating them on organic gardening principles but also providing them with business development and management experience. Voice and Articulation Ms. Kara Gorczyca was hired as an independent contractor to tutor students on voice production and the articulation of the American Language. Specifically, the individual tutorials concentrate on phonetics and language fluency. Unique Visits Total Multiple Visits

2010 – 2011 17 62

2009 – 2010 25 57

Tutorial Evaluations Students evaluated Ms. Kara Gorczyca as a voice and articulation tutor after each student appointment. Facilitator evaluations use a Likert Scale (1-strongly disagree to 5-strongly agree). Tutor Average: 13 out of a possible 15 1. Did this appointment address the objectives you listed on your appointment slip? 2. Was the staff person you met with knowledgeable? 3. Do you have a clear understanding of what your next step is?

4.5 4.5 4.4

Collaborative Programming The Career Center in cooperation with College Relations has increased alumni/parent interaction with current students—bridging alumni/parent groups with students‘ aggregate opportunities for mentoring, job shadowing, internships, and employment opportunities. The collaboration with both alumni and parent groups not only expands opportunities but it also boosts the overall visibility for both Colby and the Career Center. The alumni/parent affinity groups build and reinforce connections among graduates, faculty, and current students. To date, there are fourteen affinity groups with more than 800 members. The affinity groups include the following industries: education, international business, government, nonprofit, technology, natural and environmental sciences, communications and media, legal services, financial services, commercial real estate, health and medicine, athletics, entrepreneurship, and arts and humanities. Athletics The Career Center supports student athletes and their preparation for postgraduate success. The athletic department and teams promote Career Center programming by ensuring that student athletes are aware of Colby Connect workshops, on-campus information sessions and recruiting, and other career development programs. The Career Center completed two Colby Connect information sessions to prospective student athletes interested in football. Admissions The Career Center partners with the Admissions Office, especially admission‘s sponsored events. Specifically, the Career Center presents to prospective students and their families on the value of Colby‘s Career Center, including resources, programming, Colby Connect, and parent involvement.


During 2010-2011 the Career Center participated in five admission‘s events: 2 Experience Colby College 1 Colby Live 2 Admissions Open Houses First-Year Student Orientation The Career Center participated in check-in and the vendor fair on drop-off day. The staff also present exclusively to all first years as well as orientation meetings for pre-law and pre-health students. Colby Fund: Parent Programs The Parents Executive Committee (PEC) was formed in 1981. It comprises parents who have agreed to serve as liaisons with the College and to advance the goals of the Parents Association through supporting the Colby Fund for Parents. The committee is led by the PEC co-chairs and two class cochairs representing each class. The Career Center is invited to PEC functions and dinners to present updates on all Career Center programming, including internship and employment statistics. This past 2011 academic year, the Career Center presented at two PEC sponsored events on the Colby campus. Student Affairs In January 2009, the Career Center moved from the Division of Academic Affairs to Student Affairs. The move allowed the Career Center‘s Colby Connect program to integrate seamlessly with Colby 360, a student affairs initiative. Colby 360 ―establishes a setting for student life designed to achieve five specific learning outcomes: 1) development of life skills; 2) appreciation of and engagement with diversity and human difference; 3) understanding democracy and civic responsibility; 4) promoting wellness and healthy lifestyle choices; and 5) leadership education for the 21st century.‖ The Career Center‘s objective is to further enhance the mission of Colby 360 by implementing the six precepts into ―elective‖ workshops within Colby Connect. Multicultural Affairs The Career Center works closely with the Pugh Center in joint programming, and offers specific services targeted for the Pugh Clubs and Bunche Scholars. Campus Life Colby‘s Career Center supports and collaborates with residential life, outdoor education, leadership, and student government clubs. Campus Life utilized the Career Center to provide educational workshops to students on interviewing and preparing their applications to apply for CA and COOT leader positions. Residential Life The Career Center presents specific resume and communication workshops for Community Advisors (CAs), specifically the pre-application workshops. Upon invitation, the Career Center completed two workshops for Campus Life: Community Advisor Workshop (Resume, Cover Letter, and Interview Preparation (Spring 2011) Outdoor Education The Career Center presents specific resume and communication workshops for COOT leaders, specifically the pre-application workshops. Two Specialized Workshops for COOT Training COOT Workshop (Resume, Cover Letter, and Interview Preparation (Spring 2011)


*Following these workshops 8-10 students participated in individual mock interviews in preparation for their on-campus interview with members of Campus Life. Student Government and Clubs The Career Center advertises events specifically with club officers and works closely with student government on creating tailored workshops to enhance overall objectives related to leadership and careers. Academic Departments The Career Center emphasizes synergy among academic departments, students‘ career goals, and internship opportunities. The impetus is on matching students with placements that augment their career development within professional environments, which in turn affords positive relationships between the College and the host organizations. Seminars and workshops are created and presented to academic departments to assist potential student interns with networking ideas, interviewing techniques, cover letter and resume writing, and marketing skills. In conjunction with presenting workshops, the Career Center organizes site visits as well as guest speakers and recruitment opportunities. The Career Center also focuses on tailored workshops specific to majors on internship and job opportunities, fellowships, funded internships, and with mapping career interests to specific majors. Communication with faculty is extremely important as the Career Center continues to increase recruiting opportunities on campus. The Career Center is also involved in the Colby Undergraduate Summer Research Retreat, a student symposium highlighting their summer research projects. Academic Department Specialized Workshops Chemistry Department (Fall 2010) Art Department (Fall 2010) French Department (Fall 2010) Latin American Studies (Fall 2010) Administrative Sciences (Fall 2010 and Spring 2011) English Department (Spring 2011) American Studies Department (Spring 2011) Foreign Languages Departments (Spring 2011) Colby Undergraduate Summer Research Retreat (2 workshops in Summer 2011) Alumni Relations The Career Center does bi-annual programming with the Alumni Relations through the Colby Alumni Networking (CAN)/Career Connections Weekends which promote several opportunities for alumni and parents to engage with current students in a variety of ways. The fall 2010 Colby Alumni Networking (CAN) Weekend offered several programs, including career conversations that connected 31 students with 10 alumni, a mock interview session which paired 25 students with 16 alumni. During the spring 2011 Career Connections Weekend 15 alumni and parents volunteered to give 29 students mock interviews. 37 students signed up to have career conversations with 15 alumni and parents. Affinity Groups To build upon the Colby Connect mission, the Career Center has formed affinity groups around common vocational interests and skills. Currently, the Career Center has 14 active affinity groups, with more than 800 members.


Career Center Resources Office Based Resources Workshops: Career Center offers workshops on many general topics related to resume writing, interviewing, summer job searches, self-assessment, and recruiting advice. Programming: Career Center programs include alumni panels and speakers on a variety of career areas, the Career Connections Weekend, participation in first year student orientation, and, on request, workshops with residence halls. We also begin each year with two Senior Meetings to remind students of the services we offer that are particularly important for senior year, as well as to alert them to approaching deadlines. The Career Center does bi-annual programming with the Alumni Relations through the Colby Alumni Networking (CAN)/Career Connections Weekends which promote several opportunities for alumni and parents to engage with current students in a variety of ways. Mock Interviews: Practice interviews are offered by staff as a way to coach students on content, delivery, and nonverbal communications in preparation for job and graduate school interviews. Additional Mock Interview opportunities are offered student throughout the year utilizing alumni. Recruiting: Currently, the Career Center offers three programs for students and recruiters. On Campus Recruiting – Recruiters arrange a visit to Colby to recruit students for both postgraduate employment and summer job/internship opportunities. Off Campus Recruiting – The Career Center participates with other like programs to host recruiting opportunities in Boston. Resume Referral – A service offered to recruiters who may not have the means to visit campus. We provide students with a job description, collect resumes, cover letters, and writing samples, and forward all documents to the recruiter. Career Resource Library: Our in-house library has updated books and editorials on specific career fields, directories, books on resume writing, interviewing skills, and graduate school information. Reference Files: The decision to discontinue the paper file service was made in Spring 2011 and students/alumni are now directed to an online service available for a minimal subscription fee with Interfolio.com. Graduate School Admissions Tests: The Career Center is a central point of information about all required testing for graduate school, the foreign service, and national teacher examinations. A complete stock of available application booklets is also maintained. Web Based Resources Communications and Announcements: All events, programs, recruiters, resume deadlines, job listings, career planning handouts, and advising information is currently visible on the Career Center website. General announcements and official notices are also sent on a regular basis. In 201-2011 the Career Center began using social media, Facebook and Twitter, to communicate with students on upcoming information sessions, job/internship/fellowship opportunities, workshops, and other pertinent career related information.


Colby Connect System: An online database used by the Career Center that lists employers as well as job and internship opportunities and coordinates recruitment activities. Students can use this database to search for positions and to upload their resumes and cover letters for positions they are interested in. In addition, the staff of the Career Center uses Colby Connect System to track student appointments and record their notes of student interactions. Colby Connect System is also used to tract RSVPs to workshops, information sessions and all on- and off-campus recruiting events. The Colby Connect system has been renamed ―CareerLink‖ for the 2011-12 academic year due to confusion between the system and the Colby Connect program. Consortium Projects: The Career Center participates in collaboration with 30 Liberal Arts colleges called LACN (Liberal Arts Career Network) that offers additional resources and a collection of job and internship listings. The Colby Alumni Network Database (CAN): A link to the database maintained by Colby containing alumni contact and career information. Students can sign up though an appointment with a career counselor or at the Alumni Relations to use this database. Students contact alumni for information on careers, jobs, and internships. Major and Career Exploration: A collection of links to different exploration resources, including: What can I do with a Major in _____?, Spotlight on Careers, Facts on File, FOCUS, and alumni profiles. Job Search: A collection of links to job search resources, including CareerSearch, Indeed.com, and the Liberal Arts Career Network. Internship Resources: A collection of resources for setting up internships, including the internship handbook, links to fill out an internship application, and funding options. Graduate School: A collection of helpful links regarding graduate schools and testing resources. Fellowships: Information about Colby College sponsored fellowships is available to students on our website. Quick Resources: A collection of articles that students can download and read regarding resumes, cover letters, interviewing, summer jobs, and career planning. Portal for Parents: An informational page detailing ways parents can help Colby students through mentoring, employment opportunities, internships, as well as a section listing the services we offer. Phone numbers and email addresses are also provided. Portal for Alumni: An informational page detailing services available for alumni through the Career Center. Details on reference files, alumni networking, CareerLink, and counseling are given. There are also descriptions of how alums can help Colby students through recruiting and career mentoring. Portal for Employers: An informational page detailing ways Employers can interact with Colby students. Details are given on CareerLink, on-campus interviews and informational sessions, consortium programs, job postings, joint Colby/Bates/Bowdoin recruiting, and the Liberal Arts Career Network.


Colby College: Career Center 2010-11 Annual Report