The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Division of Student Services

Your Career Action Plan

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I met with Ron Albertson
Julie Kern Smith
Brooke Hunter
Administrative Coordinator
My next steps include


Explore... Networking

Prior to contacting alumni, prepare by reviewing these resources:

Informational Interviewing

LinkedIn - Join Reed Groups (LinkedIn tips)

Networking: A Strategy for Every Stage of Career Development (download PDF)

Reed Career Network - start building a network by contacting alumni.

Reed Switchboard - "Post and ASK or an OFFER to the Reed community!"

Explore... Self

I can advance my understanding of myself in relation to my Reed education and career choice by utilizing the following resources:

Assessment tools - personality and interest surveys can be instrumental in advancing self understanding and career exploration.

Career basics - six key elements of the career decision-making process.

Four Years to Launch (download PDF) - a year-by-year timeline of targeted career activities on which to focus as a student. Some recommendations for changes will be forthcoming.

First year first steps (download PDF) - career check off list of first year students. Needs updating.

Explore... Majors

I can advance my understanding of majors at Reed by utilizing the following resources:

Plan Your Major

Resource library - The Center for Life Beyond Reed's resource library publications: Browse or search for reading material to support your major choice, career exploration, job search, or graduate school application. Most of our 500+ books can be checked out for one week. Do your research!

What can I do with this major?

Explore... Career Fields and Industries

I can advance my understanding of career and industry options by utilizing the following resources:

Career Insider Online Library - This online career library powered by VAULT gives you access to industry guides, profession-specific books, and a host of additional career resources. Requires login.

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook - Information on training, earning, prospects, working conditions, and daily responsibilities of hundreds of professions.

WetFeet - Research for your job search.  High quality content on companies and wide variety of industries.

O*Net - Industry and skills search provided by the US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration.

Social Science Research Network - Devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research and composed of a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences.

Career Info Net - Sponsored by the U. S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.

America's Career InfoNet - Occupation, industry and state information for the nation.  Exploration of careers considering outlook, salary, education requirements. Includes a skills profile useful for career/job changers.

Oregon Clusters - Industry clusters are groups of similar and related firms in a defined geographic area that share common markets, technologies, worker skill needs, and which are often linked by buyer-seller relationships. Learn about the interconnectedness of your desired field(s) and find out about opportunities to network.

Explore Health Careers

LexisNexis Academic - Research Employers on LexisNexis Academic.

Resource library - The Center for Life Beyond Reed's resource library – Greywood

Management and Strategic Consulting - Overview, employers, interviewing, resources.

Reference USA - A leading provider of business and consumer research.

Explore... Advanced Study

I can advance my understanding of graduate and professional school application by utilizing the following resources:

Graduate and Professional School - Peruse all of the Graduate & Professional School resources organized and provided by The Center for Life Beyond Reed.

Getting In to Competitive Graduate Programs (download PDF) - by Donald Asher '83, Religion.

Law School Timetable - and other law school application resources

Medical School Timetable - and other health professions resources

Masters and Ph.D. Timetable - and other graduate school resources and information

Writing Personal Statements, Joe Schall

Registry for Undergraduate Research - You can give CUR permission to share your contact information with graduate schools and their representatives.

Reference Protocol (download PDF)

Test Prep Resources - Add Altius

U.S. News and World Report Ranking - see caveat under "Researching" here.

Peterson’s Graduate School Guide

Student Fellowships and Grants - Competitive national fellowships

Explore... Additional resources recommended to Reed students by alumni

Stanford Social Innovation Review - is an award-winning magazine and website that covers cross-sector solutions to global problems. SSIR is written for and by social change leaders in the nonprofit, business, and government sectors.

Washington Information Directory - is a longstanding source for names, addresses, and contact information for thousands of contacts at Federal agencies, non profits, and other Washington, D.C., based organizations.

Reed Switchboard - "Post and ASK or an OFFER to the Reed community!"

Explore... Tools for your search: Real Jobs/Internships/Volunteer/Job Shadow Opportunities

I can advance my search for volunteer, internship, and job opportunities (or job shadow opportunities) by using the following resources:

Career InfoNet - Skill sets on resume

Find or Create Your Own Internship (or Job)! (download PDF)

Going Global - is a resource for students and alumni seeking jobs both abroad and in the US.

nationwide-internships-consortium - provides access to regional, national, and some international internship postings that are entered by or targeted to Reed and/or one of its partner institutions.  Link through IRIS.

Resume and Cover Letter Guide (download PDF)

Explore... Interviews

I can prepare for job or internship INTERVIEWS by doing the following:

Informational Interviewing

Interviewing Tips - Prepare, practice, types of interview questions, logistics, follow-up

Interview Attire

Mock Interview with a Career Counselor - Call 503-777-7550 to request

Case Interview Resources - includes interactive online resource, CQ Interactive:  The Center for Life Beyond Reed has contracted with Case to provide interested students with CQI a 90 day on-line interactive case training tool.  PLEASE NOTE: To use the tool, you must contact Ron Albertson or Julie Kern Smith to get your license number.

Explore... Additional Job/Internship Search Sites

Search Tools for Job Seekers