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Career Exploration | Networking

Part of your Cornell experience will be discovering what you want to do after you graduate. With each experience you have at Cornell you'll gain more insight into where you want to go next. So be proactive and conduct career research, develop a network, and engage in activities and internships to explore some of the career ideas you have.

Career Exploration

Confused about your career choices?  Questioning the major you’re in?  Wondering what jobs you might be suited for based on your interests and skills?  Assessment tools can help you gain a better understanding of yourself, your interests and your strengths, and help you with career exploration. Meet with a career advisor to see if you might benefit from taking one or more career assessments. To schedule an appointment use our online scheduling tool.  We also offer the Make Your Mark Skill Assessment to help students assess their current level of competency in the essential professional skills employers want you to have.


A great way to learn more about a potential career path is to network.  Networking is a two-way process that involves developing and maintaining connections with individuals, and mutually benefiting from the relationships when seeking career advice. It is the process of talking with people who will learn about you and your interests, and then help you gain insight into your career options and goals. 

Networking Overview

One of the best ways to expand your career knowledge and interests is to learn from someone who is connected to your career path first-hand.


Connect with alumni who are doing what you're interested in doing. Have career conversations, a practice interview, your resume critiqued and get advice.

Cornell Alumni Connections Program

An alumni shadowing program.


The President’s Council of Cornell Women’s on-campus forum for students to meet members and to discuss career-related issues and life after Cornell.

Cornell Women's Network

The Cornell Women’s Network (CWN) provides an opportunity for women to interact and share insights on careers and many aspects of life after Cornell.


Connect with people and look for job and internship postings.

Career Insider (Vault) Guides

Resources to explore a variety of professions/industries; search and apply for jobs and internships; and learn how to craft effective application materials.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

An A-Z index of career options/overviews, salary information, growth rate statistics, and more!


The nation's primary source of occupational information which includes career exploration tools, job descriptions, job analysis questionnaires, and technical reports.

Cornell Sponsored Workshops

Search for workshops and events available across the university on a variety of career related topics

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