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.

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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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13 Ways to Stay Engaged During Break Periods

Ideas to continue to explore and build on your interests – professional, personal, and civic – during the fall, winter, and spring break periods. This list is not all-inclusive but a way to jumpstart thinking about your options; consider scheduling a meeting with your CLS Advisor to brainstorm what experiences and opportunities are best for you!

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