What do you want to be when you graduate? Rest assured - most students are unsure about their career paths and even those that feel certain often do (and should!) change their path. When you are just at the start of your career journey, it can be tempting to imagine that it will be one straight line. However, that’s not the way it works — and that’s a good thing! The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the average worker will have 12-15 jobs in 5-7 different career fields in her lifetime.
The Career Center team is here to help you navigate your personal career path. Your Career Advisor will give you the mentorship, tools, connections, and space for self-assessment and reflection to identify the paths you want to pursue - grounded in a sense of your own values, strengths, and interests. We are here to support you in creating a successful career and letting the journey be the adventure of a lifetime.
You don’t have to have it all figured out yet... You can get started at any time - it is never too early, and it is never too late!
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Deciding on a career that’s perfect for you isn’t always easy. We’re here to help you discover possible careers that connect the unfolding YOU to a CAREER, not just a job.
The first step to a happy, successful and prosperous livelihood is learning about you and letting yourself dream. We have a few things that can help, but it is all about exploring!
Majors & Careers
Your career as a college graduate starts before your first college courses and continues throughout your entire lifetime. Lifelong learning is a skill and something you can cultivate here at SSU. Choosing a major can be a big decision, and if you aren’t quite sure what you are ready to study there are lots ways to explore what majors might be a good fit. It is critical when thinking about your major to see what kinds of careers it could lead to, so that’s why we have a partnership with Focus2Career to help you navigate your first professional steps. And it’s fun!
Explore major to career options with Focus2Career or check out our ongoing Career Studios to get support with your resume, LinkedIn profile, or get ready for your interview!
Skills & Values
One of the things we students do is downplay their experiences, skills, and values. They might say something like, “What do I put on a resume, I have never done anything?” This is almost never true! You have projects, classes, experiences, volunteer work, skills, and jobs that can all be on your resume… not just paid work for a company. What directs your resume, cover letter, and job search along with your major are your skills and values, or WHAT YOU ARE GOOD AT AND CARE ABOUT!
Positioning Yourself for A Successful Career
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Congratulations! You’ve decided on a career path… for now… and it’s time to start your journey! Finding and applying for internships and jobs is an exciting yet challenging process. Crafting your resume, writing that first cover letter, updating your LinkedIn profile and preparing for interviews are vital steps in creating a good first impression and scoring an interview. BUT there is so much more to learn!