Frequently Asked Questions
What schools does the Center for Career Education serve?
CCE provides career education programming to students at:
- Columbia College
- The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science
- School of General Studies
- School of Continuing Education (Master of Science Programs and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs)
- Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
- School of the Arts
- Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
What services does CCE offer?
We offer a wide variety of career workshops, panels, and speakers throughout the academic year, all of which are listed on our Events Calendar.
Students are also invited to meet briefly with a Career Counselor during CCE's 'Quick Question' Hours. These are held from 1:00PM to 4:00PM, Monday through Friday during the fall and spring semesters. (Please note the last Quick Question of the day begins at 3:50PM and ends at 4:00PM. Students who arrive at 4:00PM will not be seen.) In addition, career counseling appointments of 30 minutes (for undergraduates, masters students, and recent alumni) or 60 minutes (for PhD candidates and experienced alumni) are available; these sessions are individually tailored and can include general discussion around self-assessment and career exploration, reviews of resumes and/or cover letters, suggestions for job-seeking strategies, etc. We also offer one-hour practice interviews, mock case studies, and mock medical school interviews. Students and alumni may only schedule one mock case interview per semester. We recommend that students should attend a 'Quick Question' appointment before scheduling a longer counseling appointment.
How do I make an appointment?
To make an appointment, please call (212) 854-5609 or make an appointment in person at the Center for Career Education. Unfortunately, we cannot make appointments by email or through our web-site at this time.
How do I register for CCE events/workshops?
On the Events Calendar, click your event and click on the "Register for Event" button. If a "Register for Event" button does not appear next to the event, registration is not required.
Do I need to register for "Power Half-Hour" workshops or for a "Quick Question" appointment?
In both instances, the answer is no. Power Half-Hour workshops are 30 minute workshops designed to introduce the basic skills of a career search. Topics include resumes, interviewing, job search techniques, LionSHARE, and internships. These workshops are held during the first few weeks of each semester and take place in the CCE conference room. Power Half Hour recordings are also available on the Multimedia section of our website. The workshop schedule is available on our Events Calendar.
Quick Question appointments are available daily from 1:00-4:00pm in the Center. (Please note the last Quick Question of the day begins at 3:50PM and ends at 4:00PM. Students who arrive after 3:50 will not be seen.) They are intended to address quick questions, often focused on resumes, cover letters, or interviewing questions. No prior appointment is required. However, during certain times of the year wait times can be lengthy, so students are encouraged to plan ahead. Please note that Quick Question hours are not held over the summer or on days when the university is closed.
How do I access LionSHARE?
Students and Alumni can access LionSHARE here. If you experience technical difficulties with LionSHARE, please send us an email at email@example.com with your UNI and description of your issue, or call (212) 854-9167.
I can't access LionSHARE's On Campus Recruiting section?
If you currently attend Columbia College, the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, the School of General Studies, the School of Continuing Education, the School of the Arts, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, or the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, UNI, and a contact phone number and a staff member will activate your account within 48 hours.
If you attend another Columbia University school you are not eligible to use LionSHARE-OCR only the Job Posting section of LionSHARE. Please contact your school's Career Center for further information about job opportunities.
LionSHARE won't allow me to submit my resume for an open position-what do I do?
First, you need to ensure your LionSHARE profile is up-to-date. You must have your correct GPA, expected graduation date, degrees obtained, major, work status, etc updated on your profile. If an employer has required a minimum GPA to apply for an interview and you do not meet those requirements, you will not be able to submit your resume. In addition, some employers will only accept resumes from students with a specific level of education (i.e., only undergraduates, or only a particular time period away from graduation). Please be certain to read all employer qualifications to ensure you are eligible for the position.
How do I cancel an appointment with one of CCE's Career Counselors?
If you need to cancel a counseling appointment, please call (212) 854-5609 at least 24 hours before your appointment. Canceling less than 24 hours in advance will result in a policy violation.
How do I cancel an interview with an employer?
You are required to give the CCE's Employer and Alumni Relations team notice of cancellation at least 48 business hours prior to the interview. Any student who fails to give at least 48 business hours notice, and/or does not show up for the interview at the appointed time, will be suspended from the On-Campus Recruiting program. Employer and Alumni Relations can be reached by calling (212) 854-9167.
How do I get information from a missed event/workshop?
If we have handouts or recordings of a career event, they will be located in the Multimedia Library section of our website.
My school is not served by CCE, how can I find out more information regarding careers?
We suggest checking with your school's own career center as the first step in learning more about careers and potential opportunities. Additional career centers within Columbia include:
- Barnard College
- Columbia Business School
- Columbia Law School
- Columbia School of Journalism
- School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)
- Mailman School of Public Health
- School of Social Work
- Teachers College
Are there any additional resources beyond CCE available to students?
There are many other groups and offices which service Columbia Students including the following: