Students

Welcome to the Career Design Lab!

We are here to support you during your time at SPS.  Whether you are just starting or about to graduate, make sure you are taking full advantage of the opportunities and resources that our office provides.  You have access to book an appointment with your career coach, register for an event, and apply to opportunities all from this site! Our goal is to help you build the foundation of skills you will need to successfully manage your career and the transitions you will make throughout your working life. These skills are just as important to you and your career as the knowledge you gain from your degree program.

Coaching Appointments + Drop-Ins

 

Individual In-Person/ Virtual Career Coaching

The Career Design Lab offers career coaching appointments to current students and alumni. Schedule an appointment on SPS Talent!

Current Master’s Degree Program Students

One-on-one appointments are available by appointment through the CDL coaches’ appointment calendars. Coaches are assigned to specific degree programs and will provide one-on-one sessions where you will explore areas listed in the table below.  Current students can also meet with a career coach in a 15-minute drop-in session for quick questions and reviews.

Find the Zoom link on your SPS Talent Home page.

Current Certificate and Non-Degree Students

Current certificate and non-degree students can meet with a career coach in 15-minute drop-in sessions for quick questions three times per semester.

Jobs + Events + Appointments

SPS Talent is our premiere job board, where you can search and apply for internships and jobs, register for an event, and also it’s where you book your appointment with your Career Coach.

How to Claim Your SPS Talent Account

Exclusive Career Resources

As an enrolled SPS Student, you will have access to a variety of exclusive subscriptions and resources! Make sure you take full advantage of these resources for optimum career success!

We are excited to meet you!

Our team is always excited to meet with new and continuing students.  Stop by our Meet the Team page to learn about our entire office.  Ready to meet your coach? 

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Featured Classes

Career Design Lab Course

The CDL course on Canvas is designed to help you leverage best practices in your professional development.  There you will…

Cover Letters

When used correctly, a cover letter can be a valuable companion to your resume. This course will provide the samples…

Construction Management: Reading Civil Construction Drawings

Taught by Jim Rogers
Construction personnel of all types needs to understand the role that civil construction drawings, or blueprints, play in the construction…

Consulting Professional Weekly Tips

In this LinkedIn Learning class, you will learn topics such as staying connected with clients, setting pricing, blogging to increase your…

Career Exploration

Finding your career path doesn’t have to be a headache! Learn the difference between constructive and overwhelming questions to ask…

Resumes

Get seen by employers and put your best foot forward in the application process by unlocking key hacks and tips…

Hiring Process & Offer Evaluation

Upgrade your hire-ability by demystifying the hiring process from application to offer.

Getting to Know Your Manager & Team

Navigating a new workplace is a challenge. Start your new role with confidence by asking the right questions on (and…

Presence & Professionalism

Whether you’re in the office, joining a remote meeting, or attending a work event, how you show up matters! Demystify…

Professional Writing & Organization

Take a deep dive into the unspoken do’s and don’ts of professional communication with coworkers, customers, managers, and more! Then,…

Interviewing

Prepare to ace the interview! Dive into interview fundamentals, secrets to making a great first impression on employers, and how…

Stay Ahead in Construction Management

Taught by Jim Rogers
Whether you’re a construction industry veteran looking to switch roles or a brand new construction manager trying to get your…

Presentations

Improve your ability to communicate big ideas to clients, teams, and execs by honing your presentation skills! Gain access to…

Requesting Time Off

Nervous about requesting time off from work? Not sure how to ask your manager? Get the essential information and templates…

Cross-Functional Collaboration

Explore the essential roles and functions you’ll be collaborating with at top companies, then dive into best practices for leading…

Informational Interviews

Careers aren’t built alone! Informational interviews are a key tool in your professional toolbelt: learn how to leverage the peers…

LinkedIn Overview

Learn how to harness all of LinkedIn’s features in order to optimize your job search, expand your network, and maximize…

Giving & Receiving Feedback

Feedback is a two-way street — this course helps prepare you to thoughtfully give and receive constructive feedback with team…

Goal Setting

Setting relevant and precise goals is a recipe for career success… but where do you start? Learn how to choose…

Clarifying Expectations

What questions do you need to ask to get the job done correctly? Improve your ability to communicate with your…

Career Resources

Podcast Episode 15: Reinventing Yourself To Evolve

We sat down with Soo-jin Kim, an alum of the Columbia Business School, to discuss how her career has evolved …

Podcast Episode 14: Leading with Empathy

In the conversation with Columbia University alum Hsing-Hsing Li she mentions the importance of empathy in leadership and learning from …

Podcast Episode 13: Embracing The Messiness of Life and Navigating Uncertainty

 

In the thirteenth episode of Rising to the Top: Lessons in Leadership, we welcome Sam Quan Krueger, Head of Digital …
Podcast Episode 12: Learning to Say No at Work

 

In the twelfth episode of Rising to the Top: Lessons in Leadership, we welcome Eric Nehrlich, executive coach at Too …
Podcast Episode 11:  Make Your Own Opportunities

 

In the eleventh episode of Rising to the Top: Lessons in Leadership, we welcome Brandon Mikolaski, the Head of …
Podcast Episode 10:  Follow Your Passion
In the tenth episode of Rising to the Top: Lessons in Leadership, we welcome Sheila Sarem, the founder and CEO …