Career Center

The Career Center assists students with all types of career planning and decision-making concerns--from choosing a major and selecting career options, to developing the research, writing, and communication skills necessary to attain career goals and successfully make the transition from college to the world of work. Employment services and resources for information on credit-bearing, paid, and volunteer internships, part-time jobs, and full-time career-related employment are also available. Students are encouraged to undertake periodic self-examination beginning in the freshman year, to relate their academic expertise to their future aspirations, and select related experiences (work, service, leadership) to complement their academic program. Individual and group consultation is available.

Two credit-bearing courses are offered to educate students about the career development process:
CAR 110 Career Development is designed for second-semester freshmen and sophomores and introduces students to theories of career decision-making, and the relationship between major choice, academic planning, and career options. Two steps in the career decision progression are examined: self-assessment (skills, interests, values, and personality traits) and career exploration. Group career research is undertaken with a presentation component. At the end of the course, students develop written goals for further career exploration.

CAR 210 Career Planning is designed with junior- and senior-year students in mind and addresses career planning, goal setting, professional communication, understanding of job market trends, and career research strategies. This course teaches students a systematic approach to examining the issues involved in entering the job market and making the transition from the role of college student to the role of professional. At the end of the course, students develop their written assignments into a portfolio useful for job and internship applications.

The Internship Program

The Internship Program provides students opportunities to spend a semester, January intersession, or summer working for pay and/or academic credit under the supervision of University faculty and professional staff at a cooperating agency or organization. Interns learn to apply theory to practice; to test their career intentions; to improve their intellectual skills in writing, quantitative analysis, research, and administration; to increase their understanding of social, political, and economic forces; and to acquire work experience that may be useful when seeking employment or applying to graduate or professional school. Zero to six credits may be earned through EXT 288 or EXT 488.

Volunteers for Community Service

The Volunteers for Community Service program (VCS) provides a variety of community service opportunities and volunteer internships with non-profit organizations on and off campus (e.g., healthcare, disability support, mentoring, education, public safety, and environmental organizations).

The Job Search Preparation Program

The Job Search Preparation Program includes individual advisement (by appointment or walk-in), group seminars, and special events, all designed to assist students in identifying job leads using standard search methods as well as unconventional ways of accessing the hidden job market, writing targeted résumés and cover letters, networking with alumni and employers, and interviewing effectively. Career Center counselors routinely visit classrooms, student organizations, and academic departments when requested.

Job Fairs

Job Expos, Job/Internship Fairs, and the On Campus Recruiting (OCR) program bring employer representatives to campus to meet with students to discuss job opportunities and conduct interviews for full-time, part-time, and internship positions. The Center uses a sophisticated Web database, which provides weekly e-mail updates about programs and services, online job vacancies, résumé referral, and interview sign-ups.

Graduate and Professional Programs

For students seeking admission to graduate or professional programs, the Career Center offers individual advisement and group seminars on relevant topics, such as "Applying to Graduate School" and "Writing a Personal Statement." An online credentials service is also offered through Interfolio, where students can maintain letters of recommendation that are stored online and transmitted directly to schools and employers.

The Career Resource Library

The Career Resource Library has books, magazines, videos, and trade publications that detail employment opportunities in almost every career field. Materials are also available on career planning, teaching certification, graduate and professional school admis¬sions testing, graduate school and financial aid information, and recruitment options.

In addition, the Career Center offers on-line databases that provide the most up-to-date career, industry, and company information available on the Internet.

To take advantage of these and many other resources, students are encouraged to visit the Career Center on the Web at http://www.stonybrook.edu/career and in person. Located in W-0550 Melville Library, at the foot of the Zebra Path walkway between the Library and Old Chemistry, the office is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Phone: (631) 632-6810 (Voice/TDD).