Life After CMC
There are many factors that go into being career-ready. However, you've been working hard in school and preparing for your next steps. Whether you are starting a job search or continuing your education, you will find supportive information to help you on your path.
Asking Faculty & Staff for Recommendations
Proper Etiquette for Getting Recommendations and References
There is an appropriate way to approach faculty and staff to support your graduate school or job applications. Keep in mind that they are very busy, and you may not be the only student asking for this support! We've provided a helpful guide outlining the proper etiquette and steps to obtaining a great recommendation for grad school or a job.
Bottom line: help them help you, by providing the most information possible and timing it right.
Where to look for jobs & get help
Where to Look for Jobs
It's important that job seekers not rely on just one source for finding work (you know the saying, "don't put all your eggs in one basket!"). Like most things, if you diversify your approach, there is a greater likelihood of success. So, what are all the different "baskets" one should use, you ask? Here are some suggestions:
- CareerConnect - CMC's career platform for students and alumni
- Local Colorado Workforce Centers
- Online newspapers
- National, state and industry-specific Job Boards
- Staffing agencies
- Online social networks like LinkedIn, Twitter
- Company websites
- Your personal network of friends and family
Getting Job Search Help
Campus Counselors and Advisors
There are many people on your campus who can assist you with some of your career questions. Your major faculty advisors are experts in their fields, so they have occupational knowledge regarding your field of choice and may have tips on job seeking in that field. Other counselors and advisors on campus can also assist you as you prepare to look for work - looking at your resume or helping you prepare for an interview. Contact them to make an appointment.
Along with the Workforce Centers, CMC Career Services provides resume reviews, interview preparation and job search guidance. You may be referred by your campus counselor, or you can reach out directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
These centers are situated within each of our campus locations. Any Colorado job seeker may make use of their services, which include resume preparation, online application help, interview preparation and other services.
Transferring With Your Associates Degree
As you finish Associate's degree coursework at CMC and anticipate transferring to another school, you will find your campus counselors to be great guides in this process. They build relationships with transfer counselors at various institutions and can help connect you. It's important that you look carefully at the transfer requirements of your target institution, and plan ahead to meet them. All institutions have very specific transfer information available on their website. Here is where some of CMC students have transferred.
Planning for graduate school
Preparing for graduate school is a significant task, not to be taken lightly. It's important that you have a clear goal in mind, you do thorough research and you don't rush the decision. This includes looking at the job market for your desired industry and whether the investment has the potential to give you a positive return and move your career forward as you hope it will.
Is Grad School a Good Idea?
Graduate School Directories and Guides
- Idealist Grad School Resource Center
- Peterson's Guide
- Graduate Guide
- Discover Business
The Application Process
Other helpful planning resources
Managing Your Finances
As you think about your transition from college to a full-time professional life, there are lots of factors to think about in terms of managing your financial life. There are many good resources that offer outstanding guidance on managing your money and financial decisions both during and after college. Here are some online resources to consider checking out:
College In Colorado- Money 101
Developed by Colorado Dept of Education, the Money 101 program offers a robust, interactive online curriculum, addressing broad personal finance topics such as managing a budget, credit and debt, income and spending, saving and investments, and college financing.
Federal Student Aid
Great information provided on budget creation and management, as well as loan repayment guidance.
A campaign managed by the nonprofit Consumer Federation of America, seeks to motivate, encourage, and support low- to moderate-income households to save money, reduce debt, and build wealth.
A fun but highly useful site offering tips to avoid wasteful spending and impulse buying, and encourage making smarter decisions with your money.
Sperling's Best Places
Cost-of-living calculator, so you can input different cities and compare them in terms of various costs like housing, food, transportation, etc.
A guide for for students on how to take charge of your finances.