Below is a year-by-year breakdown of steps you can take as you advance through SUNY-ESF to stay on track to successfully explore your selected major and prepare for entering the professional world.
Appointments and Office Services
What can the Career Services Office do for you?
- Help you to determine or refine your career direction
- Explore the benefits and methods of self assessment, including assessment testing
- Plan a job or internship search strategy
- Coach you on interviewing and/or negotiating
- Help determine if Grad School is for you
Schedule an Appointment
To schedule an appointment with ESF Career Services...
- Log into Handshake.
- Once logged in, click Career Center dropdown at the top of your screen and select Appointments.
- Click the Schedule a New Appointment button.
- Select the category and type of appointment you are interested in scheduling.
- Click on an appointment time that works for you or click on a staff member to see the availability of Casey and Jennifer.
- Enter details about the appointment in Waht can we help you with? and then click Request at the bottom of the screen.
Whether you are a first year student, returning alumni revising your resume or anywhere in between, we are here to help. You can setup appointments via Handshake, by calling the office, or stopping by the Old Greenhouse to find a time open to talk with a Career Advisor.
First Year - Explore Major and Career
A small percentage of students obtain internships following their first year. For the majority of first-year students, it is important for them to gain as much insight into their field as possible.
To prepare, first-years should:
- Start off on the right foot — study hard! Some employers exclude students from participating in internships and eventually full-time offers with GPAs below a certain level (3.0)
- Learn about all the resources and opportunities ESF Career Services Office can offer you including Handshake, our internship/job search system
- Discover resources within your academic department
- Create a resume and a LinkedIn profile
- Attend the Career Fair to build your network
- Conduct informational interviews with professionals in your field
- Participate in a club, group, or on a team
Second Year - Seek Opportunities to Gain Experience
It is highly recommended that students seek an internship or experiential learning opportunity during the summer following their second year.
To prepare, sophomores should:
- Keep your grades up!
- Attend Career Workshops/Networking Events
- Attend the Career Fair to keep building network
- Investigate possibilities of an internship through ESF Career Services Office, LinkedIn, job search sites, Handshake, academic department, friends, and relatives
- Seek opportunities to work in labs on campus for those interested in research-based careers
- Start building relationships with faculty and staff to seek their assistance with research or for future recommendations
- Consider taking on leadership positions within organizations to gain experience and develop skills
- Participate in an externship or job shadow
Third Year - Evaluate Decisions & Commit to Goals
It is common practice for employers to convert interns to full-time hires. Therefore, it is essential that third year students be prepared to utilize every option to obtain an internship.
To prepare, juniors should:
- Update resume/LinkedIn profile
- Attend Career Fair
- Investigate possibilities of an internship through ESF Career Services Office, LinkedIn, job search sites, Handshake, friends, and relatives
- Seek advice from ESF Career Services
- If you’re considering graduate school, investigate your options and get information on entrance exams that may be required (e.g. GRE)
- Network with alumni and professionals in your field of interest
- Participate in an externship or job shadow opportunity
- Join professional organization within your field
Fourth Year - Prepare for the Transition to Career
Students who have actively sought and obtained internship/research opportunities and other hands-on experiences are well positioned to competitively seek consideration for a full-time position.
To prepare, seniors should:
- Update your resume/LinkedIn profile with all related projects/internships
- Attend the Career Fair
- Search for full-time positions through ESF Career Services Office, LinkedIn, job search sites, Handshake, academic department, friends, and relatives
- Seek Advice from ESF Career Services
- APPLY/FOLLOW UP, APPLY/FOLLOW UP, APPLY/FOLLOW UP!!!!!
- Develop a job search action plan and prepare for your job interviews
- Solidify professional references
Inspired in part by: Syracuse University Career Services, Cornell Career Services, UC Berkeley Career Center, and RIT Career Services
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