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Are you thinking about your future but not sure how to get started? Start with you! Assessing yourself and what you want in your next step before you take it is a key part of good planning, whether you’re launching a job or internship search, thinking of taking time off or considering further study.


Skills, Interests, Values & Personality

When considering your professional and personal future, it's helpful to think about your skills, interests, values and personality.

  • Skills are competencies developed through everything you do: jobs and internships, activities, courses and pastimes. A Smith degree builds a variety of highly marketable skills, some specific to a major and others gained across the curriculum.
  • Interests are issues, activities or fields of knowledge important to you. Your interests may be part of your work or remain as pastimes. Connecting with people who share your interests is an important part of researching careers, opportunities, and options for further study.
  • Values are qualities you consider important about your work and life. For example, some people enjoy working as part of a team, while others prefer to work independently. Your values influence how appealing you find different work settings and can contribute to your definition of success.
  • Personality determines how you behave in interactions at school, work and in your personal life. Knowing more about your personality can help you identify careers and fields of study that might be a good fit.

Lazarus Center Tools for Self-Assessment

Our Self-Assessment Road Map can help you start identifying your skills, interests and values.

SkillScan is a card sort exercise a career adviser can guide you through. It divides skills into different clusters and highlights careers in which those skills are often used.

The Myers-Briggs Personality Indicator (MBTI) suggests work environments, careers and academic fields you might enjoy based on your personality type. It examines your personality preferences across four areas: What energizes you? How do you take in information? How do you make decisions? How do you organize yourself? 

Schedule an appointment with a career adviser to explore the Self-Assessment Road Map, SkillScan, or MBTI in more depth. Call 413-585-2582 or schedule in Handshake.

Research & Talk with Professionals

Once you have more information about yourself, we suggest researching different career fields (see below), reading a variety of job and internship descriptions, and talking with people whose careers interest you during informational interviews. It is extremely valuable to talk with professionals who work in your field of interest. Many Smith alumnae are willing to meet with current students. See the Networking section below to get started.

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Career Fields

American Association of Advertising Agencies features agency news, professional events, indutry info and a career center.

American Advertising Federation offers industry news and a job bank.

Advertising Educational Foundation explores career paths in advertising and advice from professionals on getting started.

Adweek.com includes inside stories on global advertising, new campaigns, and Adweek Jobs.

AdAge.com features industry news, trends, and jobs.

National Ad2 features contacts, education, and leadership opportunities needed for industry success.

The Advertising Club of New York offers internship programs, grants, scholarships, and more.

The American Institute of Architects - Professional association with career information for those in and entering the field. See also Architect, the AIA's online magazine.

American Planning Association - Career resources, salary, and certification information. 

The American Society of Interior Designers - Career information, professional organizations, and resources on sustainable design.

Architecture 2030 - A non-profit committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by changing the way buildings and developments are planned, designed, and constructed.

Architectural Record - News, commentary, criticism, and continuing-education and Women in Architecture

Landscape Architecture 

American Public Gardens Association - Visit the Career Center for career and internship opportunities.

American Society of Landscape Architects - Career information, landscape firms by state, and the latest on sustainable design.

Association of Professional Landscape Designers - Information about certification and resources on sustainability and the US Green Building Council

Arts & Art Administration

Artists Resource Guide - Covering several different arts and media careers.

ArtistYear - National service for citizen-artists. ArtistYear is the first national AmeriCorps organization that enables artists to dedicate themselves to a year of service to their country. Our mission is to develop, support, and place recent higher-education arts graduates across artistic disciplines at low-income schools as dedicated teaching artists, to ensure every underserved student in America has arts education through a national service arts corps.

ArtSearch - Search for arts jobs by category and location; log-in info located in Handshake

hireCulture.org - Cultural employment listings in Massachusetts offered by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

New York Foundation for the Arts - Resources, professional development, jobs, and internships in New York and elsewhere.

Museums

American Alliance of Museums - Salary information, networking, career management and professional development resources. Search museums or visit the JobHQ

New England Museum Association - Professional development, conferences, promotes excellence in museum operations; and encourages support for the museum community. NEMA Job & Internship listings.

Performing Arts

CyberDance - Links to dance resources from classical ballet to modern dance.

Backstage.com - The largest online casting platform in the US and the most trusted place for actors and performers to find jobs and career advice.

League of American Orchestras - For those looking to develop a career in orchestra administration or conducting. Visit their Jobs Center for jobs, internships, resume tips and job descriptions for orchestra administration.

MusicalAmerica.com - Career Center, articles, industry contacts, and more.

Offstagejobs.com- Internship and job listings for behind-the-scenes theatre positions.

Visual Arts & Design

American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) - Premier professional association for those in and those aspiring to enter the design field

American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) - For students, designers, industry representatives, and educators committed to interior design.

Graphic Design & Publishing Center - Resources for graphic designers, web designers, typographers, and photographers.

Bio.org - The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) is the world's largest biotechnology organization. The mission of BIO is to be the champion of biotechnology and the advocate for its member organizations - both large and small.

BioSpace.com - BioSpace is a leading online community for industry news and careers for life science professionals.

Janelia Undergraduate Scholars are among the very best future scientists, engineers, and mathematicians who are interested in exploring basic neuroscience, imaging technology, and related fields of research at Janelia. Since its inception in 2007, 90 students have participated in the summer program and 9 of them have gone on to join the Janelia Graduate Program.

Massachusetts Biotechnology - The Massachusetts Biotechnology Council is an association of more than 600 biotechnology companies, universities, academic institutions and others dedicated to advancing cutting edge research. We are the leading advocate for the Bay State's world premier life science cluster.

Science Careers - Science Careers is dedicated to being the world leader in matching qualified scientists with jobs in industry, academia, and government. Our mission supports the American Association for the Advancement of Science's (AAAS's) commitment to furthering careers in science and technology.

mediLexion.com - International directory of pharmaceutical employers.

The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) - Professional association of magazine journalists. Sponsors the ASME Magazine Internship program, a 10-week summer program (annual application due date is typically December 1).

The Association for Women in Communications - Includes job listings and excellent links for women interested in the communications field.

Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) Jobline - Database of jobs in public media.

Journalism.org - The Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism is dedicated to trying to understand the information revolution. Includes job links and list of j-schools.

JournalismJobs.com - Search jobs in newspaper, TV/Radio, Magazines, Publishing, Online Media, Public Relations, Not-for-Profit and more.

Mandy.com - International film and television production resources. Production jobs, casting calls, classifieds and more.

MassBroadcasters - The website of the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association.  Includes job and internship listings, broadcast industry news, and links to organizations in the broadcasting field.

MediaBistro - Dedicated to anyone who creates or works with content, or who is a non-creative professional working in a content/creative industry. That includes editors, writers, producers, graphic designers, book publishers, and others in industries including magazines, television, film, radio, newspapers, book publishing, online media, advertising, PR, and design. Founded by Smith alumna Laurel Touby.

Publishers Weekly - Leading trade publication and publishing industry news source.

Smith College Computer Science Career Network - Powered by AfterCollege, the Career Network is a free resource that features relevant jobs and internships from employers specifically interested in reaching Smith students and alumni.

Dice.com - A top job database for tech professionals

CreativeHeads.net - Search jobs in the Video Game, Animation, TV & Film, and 3D Technology & Software Tools industries

Women in Technology International - WITI's mission is to empower women worldwide to achieve unimagined possibilities and transformations through technology, leadership and economic prosperity. Hundreds of great resources!

What is a consultant?

A consultant provides expert advice in a particular domain or area of expertise such as management, economics, finance, accountancy, information technology, law, human resources, marketing, medicine or more esoteric areas of knowledge, such as engineering and scientific specialties including materials science, instrumentation, avionics, and stress analysis.

American Economics Association (AEA) Careers in Economics- This brief educational video will be of interest to students who are evaluating career options in economics or may have wondered what types of professionals utilize economics in various fields.

Association of Management Consulting Firms - International association of firms engaged in the practice of consulting to management.

Consulting Magazine - Features the latest information on consulting careers, thought leadership, and corporate strategies. The magazine’s annual features include The Top 25 Most Influential Consultants, and The Best Firms to Work For - which receives responses from over 10,000 individual consultants about their careers.  

Institute of Management Consultants USA - Education, resources, news.

Professional and Technical Consultants Association - Non-profit organization created specifically to help businesses and independent consultants connect.

Women in Consulting - Non-profit affiliation of business consultants, find a job or a consultant.

Case Interviews

During a case interview, the interviewer poses a problem or question and asks the candidate to explain the steps she would take to solve it. The interviewer may not be seeking a specific “correct” answer, but instead uses the case to evaluate the candidate’s problem solving skills, logical reasoning, numerical agility and creativity, and ability to brainstorm.

Many top consulting firms offer case interview resources online:

Accenture - Tips for a Successful Interview.

Bain & Company - Crack the Case.

Boston Consulting Group - Check out the careers section for career path info, internships, training, and more.

Deloitte - Recruitment process, resume and interview tips, behavioral interviews, Case Interview Prep Tool.

McKinsey & Company - McKinsey & Company Interview Tips Specific resources for case interviewing. Includes videos, online case studies, practice test, and more.

Monitor - Case Interview Preparation

Public and Independent School Teaching

Education Week - Online weekly publication focused on public education. Career resources include TopSchoolJobs.org, and Career Corner Blog.

Massachusetts Teachers Association - Most state have similar associations for job postings, state education news, and professional development resources.

SchoolSpring and Teachers-Teachers.com - Popular teaching and administration job boards.

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) - Visit the Career Center for job openings.

National Alliance for Public Charter Schools - Learn about the charter school movement, and check out the job board for openings.

Teach-Now.com offers a nine-month post-baccalaureate teacher preparation certificate program and multiple 12-month master’s degree programs. 

Higher Education

HigherEdJobs.com - College and university administrative, staff, and faculty positions.

The Chronicle of Higher Education - The latest news in higher education, job postings, and more.

Teaching Abroad

Council on Educational Exchange (CIEE) and WorldTeach - Long-standing programs which place students in teaching positions abroad.

Teaching Abroad Resources compiled by University of California-Irvine.

International Language Institute - Northampton-based language and teacher training program.

EngineerJobs - Job listings for engineers and technical professionals by state and job function.

Janelia Undergraduate Scholars are among the very best future scientists, engineers, and mathematicians who are interested in exploring basic neuroscience, imaging technology, and related fields of research at Janelia. Since its inception in 2007, 90 students have participated in the summer program and 9 of them have gone on to join the Janelia Graduate Program.

National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) - Offers valuable information about the field including upcoming conferences, PE license requirements, links to national engineering organizations, listings of professional private practice engineers and a job board.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE) - A well-established professional association for women in engineering. Includes job listings, career information, publications, and links.

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) - Represents more than 133,000 members of the civil engineering profession worldwide. Features a careers database.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc (IEEE) - the world's leading professional association for the advancement of technology. Includes the IEEE Job Site.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) - one-stop resource for job hunting strategies, career management, workplace trends & advice and a job board dedicated to Mechanical Engineers.

NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP) - Nationwide STEM internship program for undergraduates. Opportunities at all 12 NASA research centers and facilities.

National Science Foundation (NSF) - Provides funding for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs, among others.

Washington D.C. Internships for Engineers (WISE) - Engineering research internships in technology and public policy. Must be US citizen or have permanent residency status.

Jill Ker Conway Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center at Smith College - Check out their Entrepreneurship Resources: Collegiate Entrepreneurship, Women Entrepreneurs, Entrepreneurial Competitions and Funding, Social Entrepreneurship, Pioneer Valley Community Resources, and many more

Entrepreneur.com - Business ideas, tools and services, and a women's entrepreneurship center.

Entrepreneurship.org - A resource for entrepreneurs, policy-makers, inventors, mentors, researchers, and academics around the world.

Idea Cafe - Business ideas, financing, marketing, grants, loans and more.

Writing a Business Plan - The Small Business Association's comprehensive guide to creating a business plan.

SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) - A non-profit association that educates and mentors entrepreneurs.

USA.gov - Start Your Own Business - 10 steps to starting a business, partner organizations, mentors, trainers, funding options, tax requirements, business insurance, minority-owned businesses and much more.

WorkingSolo.com - Resources, FAQs, links, and advice for the SOHO (small office/home office) crowd.

EcoJobs.com - Environmental career opportunities.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Careers - Search job listings, explore EPA careers in Science, Legal, Grads & Post-docs, and info about student internships

EnvironmentalScience.org - Advocates for environmental science education and employment. Written by environmentalists for environmentalists.

EPA Design for the Environment Internship (DfE)- Work on stakeholder projects that implement green chemistry

Summer Opportunities for Students Student summer employment opportunities are available at EPA's headquarters in Washington, D.C., and at regional office and laboratory locations nationwide.

National Green Pages - Directory of green businesses.

Finance

AllBusinessSchools explores different career paths in finance, includes statistics

CorporateInformation.com- A great starting point to research corporations in the U.S. and abroad.

Hoover's Industry Directory covers more than 900 industries/sub-industries and is a great way to research over 20 separate industries within the financial services sector.

Commercial Banking

CareerOverview.com - Overview, job options, and more.

Investment Banking

The Vault Guide To The Top 25 Investment Management Employers - 2009 Edition 

Investopedia, A Forbes Media Co. - dictionary, tutorials, exam prep, articles, and stock info

Princeton Review - Investment Banker Career Profile

Job Listings, Professional Associations & Publications

American Academy of Actuaries - Uniting actuaries from all practice areas, the Academy is the voice of the profession on public policy and professionalism issues.

American Association of Finance and Accounting - The largest and oldest alliance of executive search firms specializing in the placement of finance and accounting professionals.

American Bankers Association - The ABA is the largest banking trade association in the U.S. Use this site for up-to-date news on the industry and for a listing of member banks by state.

American Economics Association (AEA) Careers in Economics - This brief educational video will be of interest to students who are evaluating career options in economics or may have wondered what types of professionals utilize economics in various fields.

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants - Committed to member service and the public interest, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and its predecessors have been serving the accounting profession since 1887. No matter where your career takes you, the AICPA is there to provide the training, professional skills, programs, services and publications you need to keep you at the top of your professional life. Membership required

American Woman’s Society of CPAs- The American Woman's Society of Certified Public Accountants (AWSCPA) is a national organization dedicated to serving all women CPAs. The AWSCPA provides a supportive environment and valuable resources for members to achieve their personal and professional goals through various opportunities, including scholarships and networking

Association for Financial Professionals - Treasury and corporate finance; AFP provides professional certification, continuing education, public policy research, development of industry standards, financial tools and publications, training and career development, and representation to legislators and regulators.

Career Journal from The Wall Street Journal - This excellent site includes a searchable database of job listings, advice from career columnists, comprehensive salary information by industry, and articles on electronic job hunting. 

eFinancialCareers - Finance jobs & recruitment: Investment banking jobs, careers, employment & recruitment in the financial job sector: Finance jobs include banking & IT jobs

Financial Management Association - A section specifically for undergrads with links to Finance Associations, Conferences, and Publications.

Financial Women International -  A resource for women in the banking and financial services industry.  Experience one of the monthly TeleForums at no charge, review the Leadership Gapor Women at the Top studies, or preview the magazine, Today’s Financial Women. 

Nasdaq.com - The Nasdaq Stock Market, the world's first electronic stock market, is the fastest-growing stock market in the U.S. and the market of choice for business industry leaders worldwide. Surf this site for great interview preparation.

The Review of Financial Studies - a journal for the review of Financial Studies

PLEN - The Public Leadership Education Network brings women students from across the country to Washington to experience first-hand how public policy is shaped and implemented.

District Daybook - The premier job listing resource for political and policy professionals in Washington D.C.

USAJOBS.gov - The federal government's official site for entry-level and experienced job hunters.

Go Government is a project of the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to revitalize our federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works.

HillZoo - The home page of Capitol Hill, no matter your party affiliation.

Idealist.org - Comprehensive non-profit job resource. Keyword for organizations, jobs, and internships in public policy and by policy issue.

Open Think Tank Directory - Searchable database with more than 2700 think tanks from around the globe. Includes think tank names, websites, topics they focus on, contact info, and more.

Public Service Careers - Opportunities, advice, and links in government, policy, NGOs, and more.

Centers for Disease Control - News topics and information about employment and educational opportunities.  

ExploreHealthCareers.org - Explore various health professions and tips to making the most of  an internship, etc.

HospitalLink provides links to hospital web sites throughout the world.  If you are looking for internships or jobs, search for the human resources department at individual hospital sites in your desired geographic location.

Janelia Undergraduate Scholars are among the very best future scientists, engineers, and mathematicians who are interested in exploring basic neuroscience, imaging technology, and related fields of research at Janelia. Since its inception in 2007, 90 students have participated in the summer program and 9 of them have gone on to join the Janelia Graduate Program.

MedZilla.com - Jobs in biotech, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, science, and medicine.  

National Institutes of Health - The nation's medical research agency - supporting scientific studies that turn discovery into health.

American Society for Talent Development - Empowering professionals to develop talent in the workplace. Members include talent development managers, trainers, instructional designers, performance consultants, frontline managers, workplace learning professionals and more. Search ASTD's job bank.

HR World - An award-winning site featuring resources, information, and opportunities.

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) - An international association of human resource management professionals. Site includes jobs, chats, resources, and more.

Workforce - News and articles of interest to human resources and talent management professionals. Includes job listings.

National Organization for Human Services - Meeting human needs through an interdisciplinary knowledge base, focusing on prevention as well as remediation of problems, and maintaining a commitment to improving the overall quality of life.

HSCareers.com - Your source for Human Service Jobs, Social Service Jobs, Social Work Jobs, Non-Profit Jobs, Mental Health Jobs, and Behavioral Health Jobs.

Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services - Massachusetts agency information and job vacancies.  Google other states to check their departments of health and human services

SocialService.com - Jobs for social workers and other social service professionals in a variety of fields and locations.

American Red Cross and United Way - Large multi-national agencies in the Human Services field

GoinGlobal helps job and internship seekers find opportunities both at home and abroad. Features career & city guides, job & internship search, employer directory, searchable H1B Visa information and more. Access GoinGlobal for FREE on any on-campus device: online.goinglobal.com and create an account. Off-campus users login via Handshake.

Idealist - Search for jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities, and organizations by location and interest area.

Transitions Abroad - Advice and resources for working, interning, volunteering, living, and traveling abroad. 

InterAction - Jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities abroad centering on international development and relief for the world's poor and most vulnerable people.

Council on International Educational Exchange - CIEE sponsors study, travel and work exchange programs abroad and helps applicants obtain short-term work permits. 

BUNAC (British Universities North America Club) - Resource for working and interning abroad.

Career Opportunities in International Affairs - Overview of opportunities in the public, private, and non-profit/NGO sectors compiled by the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs.

Devex - Job postings and news focused on international development.

InternationalRelationsEdu.org - A dedicated resource for individuals interested in pursuing a career in International Relations, including experience requirements, job duties, and salary expectations that will help individuals in career advancement. 

See also: Internships in International Affairs in Internships-USA. Username: SmithCollege Password: Pioneers (updated 11/18/14)

Network on LinkedIn with Smith College Alumnae in Law

American Bar Association - For lawyers, law students, and those interested in the legal profession.

Findlaw.com - A very thorough resource. Includes information for research, internships, jobs, current events, and hyperlinks.

Hieros Gamos - A comprehensive law and government site.

Internet Legal Research Group - A comprehensive resource of the information available on the Internet concerning law and the legal profession.

Law.com - Legal information, e-law services, jobs and legal products on the web.

LSAC.org - Law School Admission Council. Check out upcoming events, LSAT information, application procedures, law school sites, and more.

Martindale.com - Information on the worldwide legal profession. Search one million lawyers and law firms in over 160 countries. Visit the Career Center to find legal jobs in law firms, corporations and other employers of legal talent.

National Legal Aid and Defender Association and National District Attorney Association

American Library Association - ALA Accredited programs, education options, scholarships, careers in librarianship, online learning and more. Search ALA JobLIST

Archives and Record Association - In the UK & Ireland what a career in archives entails, the skills and qualifications you need.

Library Journal - News, Technology, Books, Job Zone and much more.

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners - Search Massachusetts library jobs by region, education required, full-time/part-time, etc.

Society of American Archivists - Career Center - Job and internship search and alerts and career learning center.

idealist.org - Search for non-profit jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities by location.

B Corps - Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.

Non-profit Career Network - A one-stop resource center for non-profit organizations, job seekers, and volunteers.

Open Secrets - A description and listing of types of advocacy groups.

Religious and Spiritual Organizations -  an extensive list of top-flight organizations that contribute to and address issues involving world religions, interfaith practices and spirituality. Link to an organization, listed alphabetically, in your area of interest. 

World Advocacy -  the world's premier list of advocacy groups.

Public Relations Society of America - The world's largest organization for public relations professionals. See also the Public Relations Student Society of America.

Council of Public Relations - Trends in the field, a career center and more.

O'Dwyer's Directory of PR Firms - Complete listings of 400+ PR firms.

PR News Online - News, strategies, and success stories in PR and marketing. 

PR Newswire - News and information services for communications professionals.

PR Week Careers - PR job board.

Association for Women in Communications - AWC is a professional organization that champions the advancement of women across all communications disciplines by recognizing excellence, promoting leadership and positioning its members at the forefront of the evolving communications era. Visit their job board.

International Public Relations Association - International PR news and links to global PR associations.

American Marketing Association - The main professional association of the marketing field. Includes a jobs board and Marketing Career Resources 

Careers In Marketing - Marketing job links and other helpful information. 

CollegeGrad.com - Detailed information for several career fields related to Sales & Marketing. 

Marketing Research Association - a guide to marketing and opinion research, how to enter the industry, education and training, jobs and internships.

MarketingJobs.com - Over 6,000 marketing and related jobs to search by location. Includes links to professional publications and associations for sales, marketing, PR, and advertising.

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)- Dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association. AAAS publishes Science, which includes career resources and internship programs.

Association for Women in Science - Dedicated to achieving equity and full participation for women in science, mathematics, engineering and technology.

Association of Science-Technology Centers - Represents science centers and museums and centers; search science science museums by location.

Janelia Undergraduate Scholars are among the very best future scientists, engineers, and mathematicians who are interested in exploring basic neuroscience, imaging technology, and related fields of research at Janelia. Since its inception in 2007, 90 students have participated in the summer program and 9 of them have gone on to join the Janelia Graduate Program.

MentorNet - E-mentoring network particularly for women and others underrepresented in engineering, science, and mathematics. Offers one-on-one mentoring programs and a rich resume database.

National Science Foundation (NSF) - The funding source for approximately 20% of all federally-supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities. Site includes REU and additional funding information for undergraduates, and NSF career opportunities.

NewScientist Jobs - Search for jobs in Biology, Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals, and more.

ScienceNews.org - Magazine of the Society for Science & the Public

Biology

American Institute of Biological Sciences - Dedicated to advancing biological research and education for the welfare of society. Visit the AIBS Careers in Biology page for helpful advice, resources and links for those considering a career in Biology.

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) - Nonprofit scientific and educational organization. Most members teach and conduct research at colleges and universities; others conduct research in various government laboratories, nonprofit research institutions and industry.

American Society for Cell Biology - Career Development, Educational Resources, Newsletter, Grants, Job Board, forum and more.

Society for Conservation Biology - An international professional organization dedicated to promoting the scientific study of the phenomena that affect the maintenance, loss, and restoration of biological diversity. Includes job postings.

Chemistry

American Chemical Society (ACS) - Visit the College to Careers page to learn about areas of chemistry, chemistry careers, job search and more!

American Chemistry Council (ACC) - Represents leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry.

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) - Nonprofit scientific and educational organization. Most members teach and conduct research at colleges and universities; others conduct research in various government laboratories, nonprofit research institutions and industry.

WWW Chemistry Guide - Collection of resources for professional chemists, including links to major job sites.

Geology

American Geological Institute - Information, education, public policy, environmental geoscience, publications, workforce, events and more.

Association for Women Geoscientists - International organization devoted to enhancing the quality and level of participation of women in geosciences and to introduce girls and young women to geoscience careers. Offers student scholarships and career profiles.

GIS Jobs - Job postings and salary survey reports for Geographic Information Systems professionals.

Marine Science

MarineBio.org - MarineBio's mission is to share the wonders of the ocean to inspire educationresearch and a sea ethic.

MarineCareers.net will introduce you to a wide range of marine career fields and to people working in those fields. In addition, it will give those men and women a chance to tell you what they like and dislike about their careers, what they see for the future in their fields, and much more. This site also provides you with some experts' views on what the future holds for marine science careers.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - includes listing of student opportunities and link to USAJobs.gov for professional positions.

Society for Marine Mammalogy - Links for those interested in marine science.

Mathematics

American Economics Association (AEA) Careers in Economics- This brief educational video will be of interest to students who are evaluating career options in economics or may have wondered what types of professionals utilize economics in various fields.

American Mathematical Society - Research, publications, and jobs, and resources for Undergraduates in Mathematics

Association for Women in Mathematics encourages women and girls to study and to have active careers in the mathematical sciences, and promotes equal opportunity and the equal treatment of women and girls in the mathematical sciences. Visit the Careers Resources page for readings, resources, helpful links and job listings.

Mathematical Association of America (MAA) - Membership, publications, professional development, meetings, organization, competitions and funding resources. Visit the Careers page for career profiles, career statistics, jobs in applied mathematics, and other information.

Physics and Astronomy

American Astronomical Society - Research, publications, and job postings.

American Institute of Physics - Journals, research and career resources.

American Physical Society - Journals, research, publications, and Careers in Physics gateway for physicists, students, and physics enthusiasts to information about physics jobs and careers.

Physics News - The latest physics, technology and nanotechnology news.

PhysicsWorld.com - published by the Institute of Physics, and links to BrightRecruits.com site for physics and engineering jobs.

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) - Builds cooperation between mathematics and the worlds of science and technology through publications, research, and community. Features career information and job listings.

Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) - a collection of social science associations.

National Social Science Association - one of the largest interdisciplinary educational associations in the United States.

Social Science History Association - an interdisciplinary group of scholars that shares interests in social life and theory; historiography, and historical and social-scientific methodologies.

MSWGuide.org - Information about social work careers, training, and licensure.

National Association of Social Workers - The key social work professional association for those in and those aspiring to enter the field.

Council on Social Work Education - Includes a directory of accredited social work programs by practice specialty and geographic location.

AllKindsofTherapy.com - Job board with jobs nationwide

Bluefish jobs - National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) is for professional and student development, education and research in collegiate recreational sports including student leadership and personnel management

CoolWorks - Summer and seasonal job market niche

HospitalityNet - Information on the hospitality industry

National Recreation and Park Association - Search for careers with members of the National Recreation and Park Association

Sports Careers - Sports jobs, spor ts career fields and industry information

Team Work - Search for positions in professional and college sports programs

Top End Sports - Stay in the field of sports by choosing a career in a sports-related field

Networking Works!

By some estimates, nearly 80% of opportunities are found through networking. Building a network of professional relationships is best started before you're seeking an opportunity, even from your first year, and will continue throughout Smith and as an alumna.

While it's not appropriate to ask a networking contact for a job, internship, or housing, by connecting with people in your field of interest you can:

  • Hear advice on getting started and advancing in a field
  • Learn about career-specific resources and get the names of others to talk to
  • Find out about opportunities before they're posted

Informational interviews—one-on-one conversations with people whose careers interest you—are a great tool to start building both your career knowledge and your network.

It works! You'll discover most people like talking about themselves and their career paths and offering advice to those starting out.

Accessing the Online Alumnae Community

The Office of Alumnae Relations online community lists alums by career, employer and location. Students may access the directory using their home email address. Includes a worldwide directory of Smith Clubs.

How to Access the Online Alumnae Community
  • Use the Alumnae Community’s directory to find alumnae who:
  • Share your major
  • Are in career fields you are exploring
  • Work at organizations or companies of interest
  • Live in specific cities, states, or countries

To create your Alumnae Community Password

1. Visit the alumnae website, look for the Online Alumnae Community box in the upper righthand corner, and click on "Forgot Your Password?"

2. Under the section "I can't remember my username and password," enter your first name, last name and class year. Choose “Current Student" from the Senior House menu. If you are a current Ada Comstock Scholar, enter "9998" as your class year.

3. The username that comes up should be your non-Smith email address. Confirm this is correct and click the "Reset Password" button.

4. You'll receive an email with a link to create a new password. Your password must be at least 8 characters long. Once created, you will be logged into the community.

5. To log into the community in the future, visit the alumnae website and click on Log In or Sign Up and enter your username and the password you created.

If the username shown in step 3 refers to an email address that is no longer active, contact the Office of Alumnae Relations at 800-526-2023, option 4, or alumnae@smith.edu.

Using the Alumnae Directory

Use the directory to search for alumnae by name or location, by class year, major, or senior house, or by employment information, such as career field, job title or employer name. The " * " key is a useful wildcard in text searches. For example, search "JP*" if looking for alumnae at JP Morgan Chase, or “art*” if looking for alumnae with job titles that begin with art. Click “Reset” before changing search criteria or entering new search terms.

LinkedIn is the world's largest professional networking site. Join the Smith College LinkedIn group and groups for your field of interest. LinkedIn for Students features videos and quick tip sheets to help you create a great profile, find internships and jobs, and build your LinkedIn network.

Lazarus Center Workshops on networking and LinkedIn workshops are offered throughout the semester and interterm. 

Seven Sisters Alumnae Association - The first and only place for Seven Sisters Alumnae and Students to connect, network and build a community. Alumnae & Student Directory, Job & Housing Boards, Business Directory, Artists & Creators Directory and more.

Read our guide covering how to prepare for and set up a networking meeting, questions to ask and follow-up actions.