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.
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.
Make Your Mark Professional Skills Assessment and Development Resources
Part of the CALS mission is to help you acquire and hone the necessary professional skills needed by employers and graduate/professional schools during your academic experience. Take the M.Y.M. Skills Assessment to assess your current level of competency in these essential professional skills. Make sure to also review the skills development resources, including skills development workbooks, found in the module section of the site.
A great way to learn more about potential career paths is to connect with people for conversations. Meeting new people, getting to know them, and learning from people you already know is part of what you do every day. In the professional world, this is called networking. Networking is one effective way to learn about career options and gather advice for achieving your goals.
CUeLINKS - 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 that allows you to gain first hand experience from an alum doing the things you may be interested in, and allows you to network with that alum and their work environment.
PCCW - 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.
LinkedIn - Connect with people and look for job and internship postings. There are over 200,000 Cornell alumni in the LinkedIn Cornell alumni group.
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.
O*Net - 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 in Handshake for workshops and events available across the university on a variety of career related topics.