Meet the Center for Career Development

Wednesday, Jun 12, 2019

The Office of Career Services at Princeton University has a new name: the Center for Career Development.Center for Career Development logo  

"Career development is an integral component of a comprehensive undergraduate and graduate education and begins long before a job search," said Executive Director Kimberly Betz. "The new name better illustrates our role in helping students to find the intersection of their academic, co-curricular and professional interests, and to engage in personally meaningful work." 

The Center for Career Development is not where you go when you feel you have your future figured out; it's where you go to get started figuring it out. 

An updated logo was developed to pair with the new name. The main visual element is a compass, symbolizing the center's role in helping students determine their direction and to illustrate that career development involves exploration and navigating uncertainty. The compass serves as a manifestation of the skills students will learn through engaging with the Center for Career Development that they can take with them throughout their lives. 

"Each student’s journey will unfold in different ways, and our goal is to have students look to the Center for Career Development as a partner to provide confidence and guidance as they navigate their path," said Betz. 

How we work with students

The Center for Career Development is a resource for all undergraduate and graduate students throughout their time at Princeton. We help students to identify their values, interests, skills, and strengths; explore a diverse range of opportunities to build experience and clarity about their goals; and prepare for the pursuit of internships, jobs, further education, and leadership experiences.

Kathleen advising student

Senior Career Adviser Kathleen Mannheimer with student Nicolas Gregory, a member of the Class of 2022, during an advising appointment.

We offer one-on-one advising, programs and recruiting opportunities for students of all years covering:

  • Self-assessment: Discovering values, interests, skills and strengths
  • Career insight: Choosing a major and exploring career options across all fields
  • Planning: Creating and implementing a personalized action plan
  • Networking: Building connections at Princeton and beyond
  • Gaining experience: Finding internships and other experiential opportunities
  • Further education: Preparing for graduate and professional school
  • Internship and job options: Learning search strategies and developing a plan
  • Application materials: Writing resumes, cover letters and other documents

Our new learning outcomes exemplify the skills undergraduate and graduate students need to develop during their time at Princeton and also provide a way to measure their progress. 

Students networking at Philly reception

Students conversing with alumni during a summer networking event in Philadelphia.

There are no prerequisites to make an appointment with an adviser or attend an event. We welcome undergraduate and graduate students in all stages of their development. Some fields have clear career paths and hiring processes, but many do not. We work with students with interests in all areas—from creative careers to education, technology, nonprofit, business, engineering and more—and provide guidance and assistance throughout the exploration, application, interview and decision-making processes. 

How we work with alumni

Alumni play a critical role assisting Princeton undergraduate and graduate students in their career exploration. Whether it's through a casual conversation, participating in our on-campus recruiting program or anything in between, alumni can offer valuable advice, insight and experience that has a significant impact for students.

We invite alumni to partner with us for student-alumni engagement opportunities year round. If you are interested in volunteering, email us at careervolunteer@princeton.edu.

For alumni looking for assistance, we offer career transition advising and other resources for those pursuing graduate school, re-careering or re-entering the workforce.

How we work with employers

There are multiple options for employers to partner with the Center for Career Development to connect with Princeton students and alumni to provide career education and experiential opportunities, as well as jobs and internships. 

Student networking with an employer at the Fall HireTigers Career Fair

Students networking with alumni and employers at a HireTigers Career Fair. 

How we work with the campus community

We know that career exploration does not solely happen within our walls. The Princeton experience is rich with opportunities for students to better understand their own skills and interests, including academics, extracurricular activities, research, jobs, internships and more. 

There are many ways for campus partners to collaborate with the Center for Career Development to assist students, and we welcome the opportunity to meet with faculty and staff to discuss our work and potential partnerships.