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SPS Faculty & Administrators: Ways to Engage with Career Design Lab

Support us in providing the best service to our students and alumni. The Career Design Lab (CDL) actively engages with SPS faculty and administrators to provide students and alumni with meaningful and impactful experiential education, professional development, and recruitment & networking opportunities.

Faculty/Staff Open Houses

CDL offers Open Houses for faculty and staff once a semester to share the latest news of upcoming events and resources available to the SPS community. To find those dates and register, please download the SPS Faculty & Administrators Tools, which is updated at the beginning of every fall semester. 

Post an Employment Opportunity

SPS Faculty and Administrators can create employer accounts in SPS Talent and recruit our SPS students and alumni. You can post jobs, collect resumes, and view candidates all on the same platform. Our students pursue opportunities ranging from entry-level roles to executive positions.

Encourage those within your professional networks to post opportunities on  SPS Talent by sharing the link. 

Help Students/Alumni Claim Their SPS Talent Accounts

SPS Talent is the place where students and alumni can search for jobs, register for recruiting events, schedule career coaching sessions, and share their career outcomes. 

Help promote this valuable career platform by sharing this step-by-step guide on How to Claim Your SPS Talent Account” to your students.  

Great Events for Students/Alumni

CDL hosts an average of 100 events in an academic year. Please share the CDL Calendar of Events with your students and alumni. 

Specialized Programs for Students/Alumni

CDL creates opportunities for a wide range of professions. Depending on their working experience level, refer the following programs to your students and alumni:

  • Executive Case Series - exclusive to executive professionals currently enrolled 
  • E-Mentor Program - most beneficial to young/mid-level professionals currently enrolled
  • Greater Good Challenge - open to all levels of students and alumni interested in pitching business ideas to improve the social, economic, political, technological and environmental conditions of mankind, societies and the planet.
What Other Services Does CDL Offer?

CDL offers a full range of services including online tools for students and alumni. Encourage them to take advantage of all available resources below. 

  • Career Coaching: Students and recent alumni (1 year out) can schedule virtual career coaching sessions with their designated Career Coaches. Alumni 2 years or more out can take advantage of small career group coaching sessions by registering via SPS Talent. For specific services offered to alumni, please see here.
  • Drop-Ins: No appointments necessary for students to meet with Career Coaches for 15-minute sessions on Mondays and Tuesdays 3-5pm. Just log in here
  • FREE Premium Subscriptions: CDL offers a wide range of free online career tools for resume review, industry guide, interview practice, and career assessment. 
  • Career Journeys on Canvas: There are unique career journey courses that students with varying degrees of work experiences can take on Canvas. These courses cater to new and mid-level professionals all the way up to executive. The courses offer the flexibility and accessibility that many of our students need to best prepare and advance careers, all at their own pace.  
  • Career Resources for Student Groups: You can refer to tailored resources for different student populations including International Students, Veterans, People with disabilities, and LGBTQ+.
Alumni Interested in Volunteering or Hiring?

If you know alumni interested in volunteering their time and expertise or are in positions to hire students, please make them aware of the following options:

  • Post Jobs: Alumni can create employer accounts and post opportunities directly on SPS Talent. 
  • Mentor! We look for established alumni to serve as e-Mentors, Business Coaches and Judges for the Greater Good Challenge and other competitions. Faculty/Staff should forward their recommendations to careerdesignlab [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu () before notifying alumni volunteers.
  • Global Alumni Regional Chairs: CDL is building SPS Global Alumni Hubs in Canada, China, India, Latin America, and Europe. Regional chairs help secure employers for Global Career Fairs and expand alumni volunteer networks. If you have recommendations, please forward their names to careerdesignlab [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu. Regional chairs serve for one academic year and we recruit new members between June and August every year.
  • Alumni Career Outcomes: It’s critical that we collect the best data possible on what our alumni are doing after earning their degrees. Help increase our survey rate by having graduates fill out the Career Outcomes Survey via SPS Talent. Past alumni career outcomes reports can be found here
Social Media 

CDL is active on the following social media platforms. Please comment, like, and share our feeds with others!

Career Design Lab Team

The CDL team welcomes increased partnerships from faculty and administrators. Please do not hesitate to contact us individually or send us a question/comments via careerdesignlab [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu.