About the BCDC
How can we assist you in your career development process?
- Our Mission Statement
- Gaining Experience
- Staff Members and Contact Information
- Office Hours, Career Advising Option; Maps and Directions
The mission of the Bates Career Development Center (BCDC) is to partner with Bates students and alumni, faculty and staff, and recruiters to deliver exemplary career-related services including career coaching and exploration, skill-building and training.
The BCDC is committed to working closely with students and alumni through individual and personalized career exploration at every stage to achieve the following:
- Respect and support individual interests and goals throughout the career development process
- Develop customized career exploration strategies and life-long career management skills
- Collaborate with students and alumni to cultivate a keen understanding of the current marketplace and their own marketability
- Provide an array of opportunities to explore career options through experiential and hands-on learning combined with industry research
- Communicate information in an open and timely manner
BCDC is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers and abides by NACE’s Principles for Professional Practice.
Students find help defining their interests and abilities, researching different fields, planning job shadowing and developing job-hunting skills through the Bates Career Development Center. The office has programs, timelines, and advice for all students and alumni, not just graduating seniors.
Bates’ career counselors offer a valuable perspective on careers and graduate education relative to the choice of major, and they can provide insights on growth industries, and the invaluable role of internships.
BCDC hosts on-campus interview sessions with representatives of graduate and professional schools and businesses, as well as an annual graduate and professional school fair.
Internships can help students clarify career goals and gain experience in professional fields. Sophomores and juniors may apply to the endowed Ladd Internship Program, which places selected students into eight- to 10-week summer positions with companies and organizations in a broad spectrum of industries. There are a wide variety of paid and unpaid internships available through Jobcat and the Liberal Arts Career Network with the majority posted during Jan-March for summer. Large corporate internships along with finance and consulting internships tend to be posted October through December.
Participating in an internship can help you to determine whether or not you want to pursue a career in a specific field, as well as giving you valuable experience to add to your resume. Bates College offers several research, community-based learning support, grant and fellowship opportunities, as well as linking to sources for thousands of other possibilities.
We welcome the opportunity to collaborate and create a strategic plan with you to accomplish your goals.
Register on our online recruiting system Jobcat, then make your appointment to meet with a career professional.