Professional Development

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It is important that you remain in charge of your career and professional development while at Whittier College and beyond. Professional development is a continuous and ongoing process and will require you to engage in multiple endeavors.

Ways to Launch and Continue Your Professional Development

  • Engaging in on-campus leadership and group activities including societies and clubs
  • Developing a professional portfolio that includes a business card, resume, elevator pitch, LinkedIn account, and a Handshake profile
  • Acquiring and improving career competencies through career development experiences such as internships, on-campus jobs, academic research, and community service projects
  • Building and engaging a network of contacts including professors, fellow students, alumni, and employers 

At the heart of professional development is your interest in lifelong learning and increasing your own skills and knowledge. While it is up to you to take that first step in your professional development journey, the Career Center staff is ready to offer support and advise on opportunities and professional best practices.

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