At Grinnell, preparing for one’s future is simply part of the student experience. Every incoming first-year and transfer student is assigned an adviser from the Exploratory Career Community. This is the adviser you will work with to:

  • explore your interests, values, and strengths;
  • develop the tools to focus and deepen your exploration process;
  • make connections with others, including CLS and campus resources as well as alumni, recruiters, and other helpful stakeholders;
  • identify relevant experiential learning activities, including shadowing, campus employment, students groups, among others; and
  • learn about and ultimately transition to one of the CLS’s pre-professional Career Communities.

Career Exploration Online Resources

Begin exploring different career paths with these CLS-favorite online tools.

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Assessments at the CLS

CLS advisers may encourage you to engage in assessment tools to gain valuable insight into your interests, preferences and/or talents as you further explore potential professional and civic pathways.

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CLS Externship Program

The Externship Program creates short-term job shadow opportunities for Grinnell College students, taking place during spring break. Each extern is paired with an industry professional with a Grinnell College connection – either an alumni or parent, with a wide range of career fields, organization types and work environments available to explore.

CLS Essentials Video Series

Quick, instructional videos (10 minutes or less!) by the CLS to get you started on a variety of topics related the work CLS does.

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Developing Skills

Resources to help you develop valuable professional skills outside the classroom and assist you in exploring your professional, personal, and civic interests.

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Choosing Your Major

Your career path does not have to be determined by your major, or it can be—it’s up to you! Whether you think you know what you want to major in or you have no idea, the best place to start is by reflecting on who you are and what you want to do after graduation.


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Alumni Connections

Interested in connecting with Grinnell alumni? Login to Grinnell Connect for additional information as well as search, filtering, and messaging options.

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