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Career Search Planning Guide

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 coaching. This plan will help you be more strategic and make better career decisions. 

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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.


Learn about Yourself

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.

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.  




      Career Assessments

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:


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.

O*Net Online - Values |  CareerOneStop - Values


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.


O*NET Interest Profiler on My Next Move |  CareerOneStop - Interests 


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.

16 Personalities MBTI Test |  Keirsey Temperament


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.

CareerOneStop - Skills Matcher |  O*Net Online -  Skills Assessment  |   Learn about what employers are looking for.


SUGGESTED ACTIONTake one more of these career assesments and review with one of our career coaches.


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. 


Learn About Careers



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.



 Network with Fellow Alumni

We offer a variety of ways for you to learn from alumni and friends about careers: Formal mentoring programs, Alumni Association LinkedIn Group page, alumni career articles in Stony Brook Matters, and alumni virtual panels.

Register on    Handshake    under Career Events for upcoming networking workshops. After learning networking how-tos, we'll arrange introductions for you with alumni.


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.

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     Additional Ways to Learn from Alumni 



 Visit     Handshake  for upcoming virtual events.

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