This form is meant to help guide you through your career exploration process and job search action plan. Continue to revisit this form as you learn more information about yourself and the career world. It's all right to leave sections blank, save, and come back to the form to change or include more information as you're developing your plan. Use this guide while you are working with your alumni career counselor. This plan will help you be more strategic and make better career decisions.
We offer a range of career education resources for recent, mid-level and experienced alumni to help navigate the job search process and manage career development.
We offer a series of webinars to help you manage professional growth and work-life balance. We give you the latest tips and tricks on how to create new habits for personal and professional growth. The series covers a range of career topics. Register on Handshake.
PLEASE NOTE: In order to register for a career webinar you will have to create a Handshake profile. Handshake is the Career Center's database of off- and on-campus jobs, internships, co-ops, and volunteer positions. Features also include an employer directory, events calendar, and mobile app !
Follow these instructions to register for a Handshake Profile.
Alumni Career Services has partnered with TalentMarks, an online career management system which offers a lineup of the nation's top career authors to give you the knowledge needed to transition into any stage of your career. Participate in any of the FIVE career webinar series, live or recorded.
CareerDiscussions help individuals and organizations thrive, enhance your soft skills, provides job search advice from the world’s top authors, supports retirement planning, and helps graduates transition to the world of work.
Access these webinars by creating a profile online. Click here, then click the "register" button.
We sponsor a monthly alumni webinar/workshop series featuring a variety of career topics. All webinars are archived for viewing 24-7.
Career Exploration & Decision Making
Determining career fit requires a combination of reflecting on past experiences (to understand your likes, dislikes, values and skills) and acquiring career knowledge (by reading and/or talking to professionals working in careers of interest).
Your experiences enable interests to evolve and grow; therefore, career exploration is a life-long process of learning about yourself and careers.
7-Step Career Decision-Making Model:
Step 1: Identifying the decision to be made - What are you trying to decide?
Step 2: Know yourself
Know what is important to you (values, priorities). Know your skills, strengths, talents, and weaknesses. Think about what you are interested in and what you can get most excited about.
Step 3: Indentify options
Begin identifying all the alternatives that may solve the problem or help you make the decision (this may be on-going)
Step 4: Gather information and data
Examine the information and resources you already have. Identify what additional information and resources you will need. Seek out and utilize new information
Step 5: Evaluate - Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats (SWOT).
Step 6: Select the best option - may be necessary to loop back and gether more information. Your decision may never feel 100% right.
Step 7: Develop a plan of action - and implement it!
Source: 7-Step Decision Making Model Developed by Rick Roberts, Director, Career Services, University of North Florida
Career development is a self-initiated process with support and resources provided the Career Center. At SBU, we use a 4-part model (information, experience, reflection, career) of career development to help you organize your career development planning activities.
Getting experience can involve anything from taking a class that interests you to joining a club or completing an internship. Experiencing something will allow you to distinguish between your likes and dislikes. Further, this will help you discover where your strengths and/or weaknesses lie.
Reflection is a great way to understand your experiences more fully. Whether using a career log, journal writing, or talking with a career counselor, this practice can help you organize your thoughts, better understand yourself and create career goals.
The career direction you think you want to pursue after graduation. This may be as specific as “I want to be a pediatrician” OR may be more broad like “I want to work with children.”
Determining career fit requires a combination of reflecting on past experiences (to better understand your likes, dislikes, values and skills) and acquiring accurate career knowledge (by reading, talking to, and/or observing professionals working in careers of interest).
The first step in achieving a successful career is to take a look at yourself. From a career perspective, there are four avenues of exploration that ca help you clarify who you are: Values, Interests, Personality and Skills:
Find your VIPS!
Values : What qualities do you value in your work and overall lifestyle? What motivates you and why? Some people want variety, autonomy, and flexibility, while others need security and prestige. There are no right or wrong answers here, so think of your ideal scenario.
Interests : Job satisfaction and success is closely linked to being interested in what you do. With an eye on future fulfillment, consider accomplishments, tasks or projects at which you excelled and which created a sense of pride and satisfaction.
Personality: Personality traits play a major role in job satisfaction and success, and being the right “fit” involves numerous factors. Personality inventories and assessments offer insight into how your personality compares to others and how you prefer to work.
Skills: Review your accomplishments to uncover skills critical to your success. Then think about how they connect to a potential career. This will help you understand what to market in your search.
Work/Life Balance Assessments
" PERMA" stands for the five essential elements that should be in place for us to experience lasting well-being. These are: Positive Emotion, Engagement, Positive Relationships, Meaning, and Accomplishment. This survey adds to Seligman’s model an H, for Health.
VIA Character Strengths Survey Understanding who we are is essential to finding the right career fit and living a more purposeful life. A lot of attention has been given to better understanding our character and strengths as they relate to living a more meaningful, successful, and happy life.
Emotional intelligence refers to an ability to recognize the meanings of emotion and their relationships, and to reason and problem-solve on the basis of them.
CAREER & COMPANY INSIGHT
Gathering information about careers and professions can be a difficult task. We have provided you with an easy way to organize information about the professions you may be interested in pursuing.
Compare occupations and learn about careers and industries.
O*NET OnLine has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more!
Welcome to the Nation's premier source for career information! The profiles featured here cover hundreds of occupations and describe What They Do, Work Environment, How to Become One, Pay, and more. Each profile also includes BLS employment projections for the 2010–20 decade.
Locate national professional associations by occupation or industry served. Contact associations to find professional development opportunities, and keep current on changes in your industry with Professional Association Finder.
Learn about industry news and trends
- Long Island Business News: libn.com
- Office of the Professions: op.nysed.gov/prof/national.htm
Hoover’s provides students with current financial and directory information for over 18,500 U.S. and foreign companies. The site contains company overviews, history, products/operations, competitors, and much more—it’s a great place for you to find introductory information about companies that interest you.
NACE collects job offer salary information to compile a list of salaries by degree level and other factors.
Salary.com's cutting edge technology is integrated with actionable data and content, empowering customers to make the best decisions about pay.
We offer a variety of ways for you to learn from alumni and friends about careers.
Network with Alumni on LinkedIn
LinkedIn’s Alumni page provides high-level insights about alumni of your school, as well as access to the more detailed professional profiles they've shared. It can help you:
- Explore possibilities: See what alumni in your field have accomplished since graduation - and expand your sense of what's possible for you.
- Make connections: Reconnect with old friends, and reach out to alumni in your field for their industry expertise and career opportunities.
- Find opportunities: From mentoring to jobs, your fellow alumni are often are ready to help.
Alumni-Alumni Virtual Networking Hours
Every 1ST WEEK of the MONTH from 4:00pm - 5:00pm, we're offering onw:one virtual networking hours, by Career Communities.
All chats/video connections will take place through Google Hangouts. Student-alumni connections will be no longer than 20 min. Ideally, there will be 3 connections made.
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The Stony Brook University Alumni Association and the Career Center organizes a large-scale networking mixer to help promote and facilitate connections between students and alumni; and also provides opportunities for alumni to alumni to network. This event usually takes place in March.
Making educated career decisions can be difficult at any stage of career development. The ASK (Alumni Sharing Knowledge) Blog is intended for Stony Brook University students and alumni to learn career knowledge and get advice from experienced alumni, working in various career fields, about lessons learned from their career experiences.
Tour Your Future Series offers alumni the opportunity to attend alumni employer site visits for ONE DAY. Alumni hosts will talk about their organization, industry, internships, and job opportunities. This is a chance for alumni to get the inside scoop and literally get their foot in the door. See Handshake for future tours.
Select past tours: CA Technologies, Bloomberg, The Federal Drug Administration (FDA), Google
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