Your success is important to Columbia College Chicago, and we offer a number of ways to continue learning, network with fellow alumni, and even promote your success.

Career Transitions Center of Chicago
Need help navigating your career path? The Career Transitions Center of Chicago (CTC) offers relevant professional development opportunities, one-on-one and group sessions with career coaches and more.


Career-related Events

See previous career-related event documents, presentations and webinars here.

Portfolium is a free, digital portfolio and social networking platform for Columbia College Chicago students and alumni.

Portfolium is a free, digital portfolio and social networking platform for Columbia College Chicago students and alumni. With Portfolium, quickly organize your academic accomplishments and experiences into a portfolio of work by adding "entries" or samples of your projects. Yours free for life!

Alumni LinkedIn Group
The official group page for alumni of Columbia College Chicago. This group is open to all alumni and former students of Columbia College Chicago. Start networking with alumni all over the country via the LinkedIn group. Join today! 


Other LinkedIn Resources
LinkedIn Jobs
LinkedIn Salary  

Facebook Projects Group
We encourage our alumni to post projects, initiatives, performances, and other work in this private group. See what fellow alumni are up to by scrolling though or searching by hash tag.


Career Center
The Career Center is a collection of creative industry professionals, educators, and facilitators dedicated to assisting students create pathways to good work. Recent graduates have access to all Career Center services for up to one year after graduation.


Handshake Job Board
Degreed alumni have access to the Handshake job board (separate login). Handshake is Columbia’s online career services and job search platform. It is available to degreed alumni, and employers. If you are looking for a job, consider creating an account. Many of the jobs posted appeal to job-seekers looking to enter, or continue working in, creative industries. 


External Job Boards and Job Search Resources 

Indeed enables you to search jobs posted on thousands of websites. Employers also post jobs directly on Indeed. No matter where a job is posted, it will be easy to find when you use Indeed.

Glassdoor offers the latest jobs, insider reviews, and salary data entirely shared by those who know a company best — the employees.

ZipRecruiter’s machine learning algorithm matches job seekers with job postings and gets smarter every time you apply to another job.

The services provided by LADDERS are designed to put professionals back in the driver seat, providing them with the right tools, insights and connections they need to thrive. is a full-featured job board for nonprofits and government that are looking for talent with community service experience.

AfterCollege is here to help every college student and recent graduate discover their career path. They feature 400,000 entry-level jobs and internships from 25,000+ employers! 

Chicago Artists Resource
Chicago Artists Resource (CAR) is an innovative arts service website administered by the Chicago Artists Coalition. CAR provides artists with information on a wide range of issues related to professional practice and a connection to local, national and international resources.

Project Casting
We know how valuable information and resources are to people who are starting out from scratch in the entertainment industry. Find casting notices, audition information, and other opportunities, for free.

PerformInk provides news, reviews, listings, auditions, and job postings for Chicago's entertainment industry professionals.

Chicago Plays
Chicago Plays is your Chicago theatre information source. 

Coroflot creates better professional experiences for designers of all backgrounds all over the world. Their job board is the largest and most active site specifically targeted for the hiring needs of companies that range from local operations to multi-national industry leaders.

ReverbNation has helped millions of emerging Artists build their careers. Their powerful career management and online marketing tools, combined with rapidly growing A&R capabilities and broad industry relationships offer emerging Artists from around the world access to the global music industry.

Creative Circle 
Creative Circle is a specialized staffing agency that connects innovative advertising, marketing, creative, digital, and interactive professionals with companies seeking talent on a full-time or freelance basis.

Association of Writers & Writing Programs
AWP provides community, opportunities, ideas, news, and advocacy for writers and teachers of writing.

Writer's Cafe
Writer's Cafe is an online writing community where writers can post their work, get reviews, befriend other writers, and much more.

Who Pays Writers 
Who Pays Writers? is an anonymous, crowd-sourced list of which publications pay freelance writers—and how much. This list is primarily concerned with writing for publications.

Online and Print Markets
This page will reveal how open publications is to emerging writers, what they publish, how frequently they publish, and a brief prose review. 

Chicago Film Office
Here you will find information about productions that are looking for extras and crew. 

New York Foundation for the Arts
New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) provides the concrete resources that working artists and emerging arts organizations need to thrive. 

California Arts Council
Seeking employment in the arts industry of California? Whether you're an actor or administrator, conductor or curator, soprano or secretary, your next job may be listed here.

BASHI is a product and fashion freelance platform that acts as a bridge between designers and the fashion and product industries. 
This is a top destination for job seekers to find the guidance, resources, and services (resume & cover letter help) for advancing their career. 

On-campus Resources
Alumni have access* to the Open Computer Labs and some privileges at the Columbia College Chicago Library. To utilize these services, you must show your Alumni Card and a valid state ID. If you have not received one, you can obtain an Alumni Card today by filling out this form.

Library - 624 S. Michigan Ave.
Alumni have access to select library privileges:

  • Book checkout (4 weeks)
  • CD checkout (1 week)
  • Use of library computers (At this time, we are unable to provide printing to alumni in the Library. We apologize for the inconvenience.)
  • In-library use of DVDs
  • Career-related information online at

 * Code of Conduct – Alumni shall treat all Columbia staff, faculty, students, fellow alumni, and other visitors to the Open Computer Labs, Library, and/or any space on campus with respect, and shall refrain from engaging in disruptive or otherwise inappropriate behavior. Columbia College Chicago reserves the right to suspend or terminate the aforementioned privileges at any time.

Class Notes
Share your personal accomplishments with the Office of Alumni Relations. You could end up as an alumni spotlight or appear in DEMO.


DEMO is the magazine of, from, and about Columbia College Chicago. It’s for alumni and friends of the college who are interested in reading about the men and women of the Columbia community—alumni, students, faculty and staff—who are applying their creativity to innovation in the visual, performing, media, and communications arts. DEMO is published in print and online twice a year.


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