Center for Purposeful Work

Career Development ES Page 2013 imageOur Mission

It is a common generalization that a great education will lead to a great career. The truth of the matter is more nuanced: to make professional use of your education in today’s job market, you will need expert guidance and the development of a deep network of contacts with alumni, faculty, staff, and recruiters. It is the mission of the Bates Center for Purposeful Work to assist you with just that. We will work closely with you on the basics of career exploration to ensure that your Bates education will lead to a fulfilling career.


  • Develop life-long career management skills
  • Cultivate a keen understanding of the current marketplace and your own marketability
  • Explore an array of career options through experiential, hands-on learning combined with industry research
  • Communicate information in an open and timely manner
  • Respect and support individual interests and goals


We look forward to partnering with you as you begin this journey of career exploration. As you move forward in your career search or path, let us know how we can help you. We wish you best of luck and great success in this exciting time in your life!

Career Counseling

Center for Purposeful Work career counselors are available to meet one-on-one by appointment to explore career options, critique resumes and cover letters, conduct mock interviews, and utilize various resources to assess your interests, skills and personal characteristics.

Career Development Fellows

Students selected for this leadership position demonstrate exceptional interpersonal skills, a deep understanding of the career development process, and proven success in their own career development.  Career Development Fellows work closely with the Center for Purposeful Work professional staff to engage first-years and sophomores to launch their career exploration process; to educate and guide fellow students on career topics through workshops, events and walk-in hours; and to serve as role models by sharing their own experiences.

Career Resources Library

Hundreds of online and hard copy career resources are readily available.


The Center for Purposeful Work provides myriad programs both on and off campus throughout the fall and spring semesters to both inform and allow you to explore your options.

Employer Information Sessions and Interviews

The Center for Purposeful Work partners with employers to conduct information sessions and on-campus interviews throughout the academic year.

Internships and Jobs

We actively solicit and receive hundreds of internship and job opportunities in virtually every industry and field; searching for available opportunities of interest is simple through Handshake, our web-based recruiting site.

Graduate and Professional School

The Center for Purposeful Work team of counselors is well equipped to walk you through the steps involved to help prepare you for health, law and other graduate studies; each fall, we host nearly 100 graduate school representatives at an annual graduate school fair and through individual school meetings/sessions.

Fellowships, Scholarships & Grants

We partner with the Graduate Fellowships Advisor to help you prepare your applications for many prestigious programs.