The Amherst College Career Center provides a variety of resources and services to support the career development of alumni.


Amherst College Alumni Directory – Find and connect with Amherst alumni working in various fields of interest.  

Amherst College Quest – Use your Amherst College user name and password to login to search for jobs posted for alumni.  If you do not know your user name and password, click here. – The Amherst College Alumni and Friends group has over 5,700 members and is a great way to connect professionally with Amherst alumni and students.  Several subgroups have been established including law; marketing, advertising & media; finance; non-profits; human rights; and real estate.

CareerBeam – Use your Amherst College user name and password to login. If you do not know your user name and password, click here. Easy to use, full-service portal, designed to provide all the resources necessary to guide individuals through the strategic search process and achieve their career goals. Access career assessments and exercises to determine the best career path; record practice interviews; develop a strategic search plan; set target job alerts; and much more. Identify companies and contacts for networking and strategic job search by accessing database search tools  inside of CareerBeam. Use the databases to research industry information or prep for interviews.

Spotlight on Careers – Online resources for exploration of a range of careers that often appeal to liberal arts students and graduates. Within each career category, alumni will find an overview of job titles and trends and links to specific resources to help begin a job or graduate school search.  Email the Career Center for the login information.

Vault Career Insider – A resource offering company profiles, industry overviews; career guides, interview advice and more.  Use your email to create an account.


General career advising – Career advisors are available for consultation on a space available basis. Because current students are our priority and demand is particularly high during the months of September, October, April, and May, we are unable to accommodate appointments requests from alumni who are more than two years out during these months. 

Graduate and professional school advising – Advisors are available for consultation and information is available at

National fellowship advising – The fellowship coordinator is available for consultation and information is available at

Career Center Library – Alumni are welcome to use the Career Center Library located in College Hall. We are open 8am-4pm May 31-Labor Day and 8:30am-4:30pm the remainder of the year. 

Reciprocity Agreements – We can often arrange access to career libraries at colleges or universities in your area. These reciprocity agreements do not include participation in recruiting, access to alumni, or individual advising appointments.  Simply email the Career Center with the name and mailing address of the institution along with the name of its career center director and we’ll do the rest!

Quintessential Careers – A career, job, and college site offering free career and job-hunting advice (through articles, tools, tips, samples, and tutorials), as well as serving as a directory of links to all job sites.


Brooks, Katharine.  “Do You Need a Career Coach? Ten Tips for Finding and Working with a Coach” Psychology Today on the Web 11 Feb. 2011.

Sarah Greenspan '02, Launch Coaching –

Cori Ashworth, Career Continuum –

Tom Denham, Careers in Transition –

Amy Jaffe, Heart At Work Associates –

Barbara Reinhold Associates –

Caroline Dowd Higgins –

National Career Development Association Directory –

National Board of Certified Counselors –

International Coach Federation –

"How Personal Branding Can Change your Life" with Wendy Mantel '76, Master Personal Brand and Career Strategist. An Amherst Virtual Lecture Series webinar from April 2013.


"Keep Your People in the Boat: Leadership Lessons from a Tall Ship Officer" with Crane Wood Stookey '76, tall ship office, author and mental performance coach. An Amherst Virtual Lecture from December 2013.


Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You through the Secrets of Personality Type, by Paul Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger

Smart Moves for Liberal Arts Grads by Sheila J. Curran and Suzanne Greenwald

What Color is Your Parachute? A Practical manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Richard N. Bolles

Zen and the Art of Making a Living by Laurence G. Boldt