Students sitting on a bench talkingAdjusting to campus life and getting familiar with all of the opportunities to tap into can be overwhelming. Trust us, we’ve been in your shoes. It’s important to know that you are not alone and that your peers are here to help you through every step of your college career. 

Thinking about life after CU Boulder may feel like forever from now. So, we wanted to pass on some advice that could help you tackle the process one small step at a time. 

Connect with upperclassmen

Find a mentor on campus who has been in your shoes before - perhaps an upperclassman or Teaching Assistant. They will be able to give you advice, get you connected and help you grow as a student and young professional. 

- Eden, Finance Junior - Strengths Peer Coach

Discover your strengths 

Be mindful of your natural talents and use them to market yourself to future connections. When you are honest about what you can offer, you end up doing things that not only you are great at but are the most impactful and beneficial for others. Taking the CliftonStrengths assessment can help you start discovering your natural abilities. 

- Abbie, Strategic Communications Junior - Strengths Peer Coach

Join a campus organization

Whether it be something related to your major or just one of your hobbies or passions, on-campus organizations are a great way to make new friends and find things to do after class. The connections you make there can be the start of lifelong relationships and pursuits! 

- Adam, Political Science Sophomore - Outreach and Development Coach

Take advantage of every opportunity to get involved. CU Boulder is a large school and, so as I have found, getting involved is the best way to make you feel connected to campus and make it your own experience. With so many options and free, helpful services it’s hard not to find a way to make your time at CU Boulder personalized to your interests. 

- Lizzie, Strategic Communications Sophomore - Outreach and Development Coach

Research potential career options

Start reading through job or internship postings and make note of the preferred requirements for skills and knowledge they want you to have. You might not learn some of these skills in the classroom. Discover ways to gain these skills, whether through an on-campus job, volunteer opportunity or campus organization. You will be even more equipped with experiences when applying for internships or jobs in the future.  

- Nasurudin, Computer Science Junior - Outreach and Development Coach

It is never too early to explore job opportunities. There are so many companies out there that you may never have heard of! When you explore, you can find your perfect fit or maybe even be motivated to branch out and design a career path that’s totally unique to you. 

- Grace, Oboe Performance Junior - Outreach and Development Coach

If you have any questions - from choosing a major or career path to getting involved on campus or taking the CliftonStrengths assessment - your peers at Career Services are here. Come to our drop-in hours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday or schedule an appointment on Handshake