Are you the first in your family to attend college? While no two students will face the exact same obstacles, this page lists some common challenges that you may experience as you navigate your career development. Whether you encounter these, or have other career-related concerns, remember that Career and Employment Services (CES) is here for you.

Peruse the page below, and if you'd like to chat about any career topic that happens to be on your mind, we invite you to schedule an appointment! We can also help you connect to alumni who share the same identity.

Common Career Development Challenges:

  1. Gaining Familiarity with University Resources: Have a career-related concern? There are likely resources to help you address it. And CES career advisors are more than happy to guide you! Don’t worry about not knowing the answers or asking “dumb” questions – there aren’t any dumb questions when pondering your future.  Explore Puget Sound career resources here.
  2. Learning When to Get Started: CES provides resources and career advising for students at every point in their journey. It's never too early or too late, although the earlier you contact us, the better! Even if you’re not looking for a job or internship right now, our advisors can help you identify your strengths, grow your network, or connect with a mentor. The best part? You can continue to access our career services after you’ve graduated!
  3. Exploring Potential Careers: There’s truth to the saying “you don’t know what you don’t know.” Many students aren’t aware of the career opportunities beyond traditional fields (law, medicine, etc.). You may not know about professions that fit your interests, or you may find a calling in a job that didn’t exist when you entered college! It’s important to remain open-minded. Check out the CES Career Exploration page, or make an appointment with one of our career advisors.
  4. Building a Professional Network: Join the Puget Sound ASK Network group on LinkedIn and meet with an advisor to learn just how extensive and supportive the Puget Sound community is! The Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) group on LinkedIn is a place for Logger-to-Logger connections. Our alumni are eager to support students who are exploring options and seeking advice about career paths, postgraduate studies, and transitioning to life after Puget Sound.