Career Exploration and Development

Career Development Resources for Faculty & Staff

Partner with us to help Obies translate their liberal arts education into meaningful careers.

Career development is more than a way to get that first job or internship—it is a framework that helps students integrate the many dimensions of their educational experience. It is also a powerful tool to facilitate social mobility by leveling the playing field for all students. These principles are at the core of our programs and advising.

When thinking about life after Oberlin, students rely on advice from faculty, who are at the center of the academic experience and therefore well-positioned to contribute to conversations about careers. With your encouragement, students are more likely to take advantage of all that Career Exploration and Development has to offer.

Together, we can help Obies expand their idea of what is possible.

Get to Know Our Resources

Our resources help students explore the myriad career paths their liberal arts major(s) can help them traverse.

Below is a list of resources that may be interesting and relevant to faculty. We invite you explore these resources and share with your students.

Our goal is to integrate career development into the curriculum in a way that complements a student’s academic pathway. We frequently visit classes and attend major events to help familiarize students with career exploration and development resources and discuss how to apply their coursework to the professional world. Our staff can also collaborate with you to design and/or advertise career-oriented events.

Request a workshop or presentation

Submit the form above to request a presentation or workshop, and to request our help with an event. A member of Career Exploration and Development will be in touch within five business days. Please note that we require three weeks notice for a presentation or workshop request to allow sufficient time to prepare for your class.

Career Exploration and Development programming revolves around Career Communities, a cohort-based framework that allows students to learn among peers that share their career interests. Each class year has an opportunity to engage with one or more Career Communities through one of our signature programs, including Junior Practicum, which culminates in a funded internship. 

Each Career Community page provides information about possible career paths, alumni connections, and industry and job search resources, as well as a live feed of jobs and internships currently posted in Handshake. 

Explore Career Communities

Our student-alumni networking platform is also open to faculty, parents, and other friends of the college. Consider creating an OberLink account to connect with students and alumni, join digital communities, and participate in conversations relevant to your work and life experience.

Sign up for OberLink

Best known as our job and internship database and online appointment scheduling tool, Handshake is also a massive network of colleges and universities, students, alumni, and employers. Every student has an account, and faculty are invited to access the platform, as well! If you are interested in exploring Handshake, please send an email to

How Faculty Can Use Handshake

With a liberal arts education, the options for an impactful career are limitless. As students prepare to choose a major (and after they’ve declared), they often wonder how their coursework will translate to a career. WCIDWTM lists career areas, employers, and strategies to help students make intentional choices about academics as they consider internships, entry-level opportunities, and graduate study.


Employers often reach out to faculty members for help promoting jobs or internships to students. Please note that Career Exploration and Development staff do not provide faculty contact information to outside parties, but we may reach out to you regarding opportunities we think you may be interested in sharing with your students. 

Our office works with hundreds of employers and posts thousands of jobs and internships every year. We are always happy to review an organization or opportunity before you forward it to students. Please send these inquiries to

Workshops and Classroom Presentations

Career Exploration and Development staff are available for workshops and classroom presentations covering a range of career-related topics. Submit a request to get started.

Request a Workshop