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Career Center

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Career Center
315-859-4346
315-859-4332 (fax)

Career Planning

We encourage you to start early, but understand that every student has a unique path. Please come in and meet with a Career Counselor. Call 315-859-4346 or stop by the Career Center, located on the 3rd floor of the Bristol Center, to schedule an appointment.

First-Year   |   Sophomore Year   |   Junior Year   |   Senior Year

First Year

  • Write your resume – it will be vital to your internship search, and can be updated yearly.  Meet with a Peer Advisor to get started.
  • Attend a First-Year Workshop, where Peer Presenters will offer tips and strategies for a successful first-year.
  • Join on-campus clubs and organizations that will help you explore interests and develop skills.  Take courses that interest you.
  • Assess your interests and skills with the FOCUS online assessment tool to give you career ideas to explore.
  • Talk to family, friends and advisors about potential career fields and begin exploring them via the Career Center’s online resources.


Sophomore Year:

  • Participating in sophomore JumpStart, a day-long program in September at which you get guidance from counselors, upperclass mentors, and faculty on assessing your interests and skills, choosing a major, and preparing for career-related experiences.
  • Choose a field of interest and get hands-on experience. Refer to the CRE page on our website for more information.
  • Explore a career field of interest through HamiltonExplore, a career shadowing program just for sophomores. Observe an alum or a parent in the work place for a day or half day during winter break.
  • Begin to network: narrow down your career interest areas to a few fields and learn as much as you can about them. You may even want to start seeking out people who work in that field. A Career Counselor can help connect you to alumni and other sources of information.


Junior Year:

  • Make networking connections. Seek out people in your field of interest and talk to them. Be comfortable in articulating your interest in the field as well as your strengths. Practice networking with alumni, family and friends – this essential skill is how most people land jobs!
  • Complete a second CRE during your junior year. Meet with a Career Counselor and register in HamNET (the Career Center’s online database of internships and jobs) if you have not already. Also explore other internship listings on our website.


Senior Year:

  • Learn to interview early in your senior year. Set up a Practice Interview at the Career Center to be sure you are prepared and participate in an Interview MoJo workshop.
  • Develop your job search or other post-graduation plans. What are the entry-level jobs in your field? Where geographically will you be searching? Does your field of interest require graduate school? Meet with a Career Counselor to help you develop your plan.
  • Generate a “prospect list” of potential places to work or attend school. Seek out people in these organizations that you can network with.
  • Research the field, company and/or organizations that you are interested in.
  • Fine tune your materials – resume, cover letters, reference lists.
  • Know the hiring schedule for your industry. Most industries hire on an as-needed basis, which means that you may not secure a job until after you graduate.

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