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David Chen, an in-state sophomore chemical/biological engineering major at CU Boulder, looks at a listing of the participants in a career/internship fair on in the University Memorial Center in 2010. One day you may have to wear a suit.

It’s never too soon to start planning the rest of your life — at least until the next whim or strong breeze turns your head in another direction.

As its name would suggest, the University of Colorado’s Career Services department can help with planning your career, but also finding an internship or landing a gig. If postponing your plunge into the working world is your preference, it can also assist in plotting a course that includes graduate school.

The Career Services fee included in students’ tuition covers just about everything, such as access to online internship and post-graduate job opportunities, admission to career and internship fairs, on-campus interviewing, employer and job-search skills presentations, professional career counseling, résumé critiques, and résumé referrals.

The ongoing Alumni Assessment Series is one example of a program available for those who have completed their education — for now — and need help knowing where they’re going to put it to use. Perhaps you have a job and are looking for something more fulfilling. Or, you’ve been laid off — hey, it happens, even in this improved economy -— and you’re ready for a new career path, but don’t know where to turn.

By completing the Alumni Assessment Series, those who make use of it — through deployment of tools such as the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, the Strong Interest Inventory and more — should have much greater clarity on the career path that might work for you.

Career Services is happy, too, to help you down the road in developing your “global career.” More and more, as technology flattens the Earth, in the language fostered by columnist Thomas Friedman, people are realizing that they can more easily market themselves not just in their backyards, but across the planet.

According to the Association of American Residents Overseas, there are over 6.3 million Americans living and working in other countries, and Career Services has resources that could ultimately enable you to join them.

According to Aga Sypniewska, career counselor and International Program Manager at Career Services, the key is a multi-stage strategy toward developing “global competencies,” producing well-rounded candidates equipped with both appropriate academic degrees and sufficient experiences and knowledge. Career services has a few dozen ideas on how this can be done.

And even if you’re content to limit your horizons to the United States, the office can offer a substantial assist with its CU Buffs Professional Program, tailored to be an asset for those still exploring career options, or searching for internships or ready to go after a full-time job.

This program enables folks to work at their preferred pace to explore appropriate majors, then “connect the dots” leading to a chosen career, armed with the knowledge of what employers want, and an awareness of the potential internships and jobs in students’ areas of interest.

If you’ve got a question about the long and uncertain road stretching out before you, beyond your time at CU, bring it to Career Services. They’ve heard it, and probably have an answer.

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