Your career development is a process that unfolds over your time at Stony Brook University and beyond. Career development is a self-initiated process with support and resources provided by the Career Center.
This quick 12 minute video provides an introduction to the services available to Stony Brook University students and reviews the relationship between academic majors and career options.
The Career Center recognizes that not all students begin their journey at Stony Brook University in the first year of college. However, experiences (e.g. activities, jobs, internships) from previous institutions have great value in the career planning process!
All students can still use this plan for guidance - simply begin with the year's theme that best represents where you are presently in the career development process- Explore , Experience, Focus or Thrive - and move forward from there!
To get started building your career success roadmap, reflect on the questions provided and then schedule an appointment with your Career Field Expert. A career plan addresses your academic, career and personal/social development to help you reach your professional career goals.
A career consultation (individual or group) is intended to help you plan and take proactive steps towards your career and life goals. Our staff has extensive knowledge of career development, the most effective job / internship search strategies, as well as an extensive knowledge of career fields, alumni, and employers.
Career consulting is a supportive strategy to help you understand how to explore career options, research employers, reflect upon aspects of you that influence your career direction and choices, prepare and present your qualifications, and be able to engage in the career development process throughout your life.
- Listen – actively as you talk through your career thoughts and feelings, and life goals.
- Advise – helping you learn more about yourself, clarify your values, interests, and personality attributes, explore careers, set goals, and develop action plans to achieve them.
- Coach – improving your ability to articulate your skills and qualifications in writing (resume, cover letter), and verbally (networking situations, interviews).
- Connect – sharing resources so you can improve your knowledge of industry and career fields, expand your professional network, and access more opportunities.
- Refer – to opportunities and other student support services as needed.
- Tell you which direction to take or what career is “best” for you
- Make your major/career decisions
- Advise on academic course selection
- Write your resume or cover letter
- Call employers on your behalf
- “Place” you in a job or internship
What to Expect Before & After Your Career Consultation
The most effective career consultations begin with you. You can prepare for your career consultation by developing questions and prioritizing the topics you wish to discuss with your career consultant. You may also wish to do some research ahead of time using the resources on our website and in Handshake.
Be on time for your appointment; most consultations are 20-30 minutes long. Bring something with you to take notes – an Ipad, notebook, laptop, etc.
If you have to cancel
Please call the Career Center at 631-632- 6810 before your appointment time. Sometimes
things happen and appointments have to be rescheduled; it is a professional expectation
that you call to cancel and not simply no-show.
Expect to do follow up HW that may include career research, use of self-assessment tools, using Handshake and web resources, networking, and a follow up visit.
To schedule an appointment, please log into Handshake. Once you are in Handshake, select "Career Center" on the top menu bar and drop down to "Appointments." Then click "Schedule a New Appointment," and select the appropriate appointment type, followed by a day and time that works with your schedule. Once you select an appointment slot, you may write what type of assistance you need.
*Please note: to view all appropriate appointment types, you must join a Career Community.*
- Log into Handshake
- Update your Career Interests (next to your picture and name click the down arrow)
- Scroll down to Career Communities and join as many as you'd like!
Topics typically covered in an appointment include:
- Choosing a major or career
- Reviewing a resume or cover letter
- Researching occupations
- Obtaining experience through volunteer and internship positions
- Reviewing self-assessment
- Learning job search strategies
- Identifying and researching employers
- Learning the value of a college degree
- Reviewing interview strategies
- Learning about salary/benefits negotiation
- Updating LinkedIn profiles and other social media for the job search
- Exploring personal branding
Career Communities provides an extensive network that allows you access to insider information and advice that is essential for career development. Joining a Community gives you access to:
Receive biweekly newsletters with handpicked jobs, internships, and programs pertaining to your career interests.
- Log into Handshake and update your Career Interests.
Individual coaching and Career Labs with Career Field Experts, offered weekly.
Career Community Services
Below is a list of our services offered by your career field expert.
Below is a list of our services for undergraduate and graduate students as well as alumni.
The journey to a fulfilling career involves many factors. Many people struggle to understand all factors involved in finding the right career fit and become distracted by the re-routes and detours that often present itself along the way.
This Career Toolbox provides you with tools and strategies to help you navigate, thrive, and ultimately achieve career success. Each topic is designed to explain its importance to your career development (See it.), provide more in-depth information (Learn it.), offer questions to reflect on and further apply in your life (Do it.), and suggest additional resources to enhance learning.
- On-Campus Recruiting (OCR): The OCR program brings employers to campus, where they interview students for positions within their organizations. The entire process is done online via Handshake.
- Job and Internship Fairs: We offer several fairs each semester for students and alumni to meet employers and learn more about job, internship, and co-op opportunities at their organizations. For a schedule, see Handshake or our homepage.
- Resume Review: On specially scheduled days, you may drop in and have your resume critiqued by an employer representative.
- Information Sessions: Attend to hear employers talk about positions within their organizations, and tips on applying for them. For a schedule, see Handshake.