Planning Your Future

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Planning Your Future

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Before you set foot on campus as a student at Columbia University School of General Studies, you should be planning your future. It's important to ask yourself right away if after graduation you plan to continue the career you've already been cultivating, start a new career, attend graduate or professional school, engage in research opportunities or fellowships, enter the military, or seek a volunteer opportunity such as the Peace Corps or Teach for America.


Planning your future can be quite daunting. The good news is that your Columbia education will open many doors for you, and there are many resources on campus and off campus to help you get started planning your future.

Your GS Advisor

The General Studies Dean of Students Office is an excellent resource for learning about what programs and events are being offered to help you explore career paths or prepare for graduate or professional school. Your advisor will help you navigate the University's many offices such as the Center for Career Education. It's also important to read the twice-weekly DOS News and Announcements email for news about upcoming deadlines and information sessions. These announcements are also listed on the DOS News and Announcements page.

The Columbia Alumni Association

As a Columbia University School of General Studies graduate, you'll be part of a network of intelligent, sophisticated individuals that spans the globe and has the strong bond of a Columbia education in common. The Columbia Alumni Association has chapters from Bangkok to Venezuela, and the online alumni directory allows graduates from all of Columbia's schools to maintain existing relationships and make new contacts anywhere in the world.

There are also great networking opportunities here in New York City. With many of the world's industries, including publishing, fashion, and finance, centered here, Columbia students have unique access to countless internships at some of the world's most interesting and innovative companies, as well as the chance to mingle with alumni in professions like law or medicine at monthly dinners sponsored by the Alumni Association.

Your Professors

As a GS student you will be studying with some of the most respected academics in the world. If you are interested in graduate or professional school, be sure to approach your professor during his or her office hours and express your interest in pursuing a field further. Your professor may be your best resource for learning about which graduate schools specialize in the area that you are most interested in and what steps you should be taking to prepare for graduate study such as research opportunities, fellowships, or teaching assistantships.