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Career Exploration Options

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Career Center counselors are available for various types of career planning purposes; each tailored to the individual student.  Choice of major, how a major course of study can be transferred from academia to the world of work, coordinating contact with alumni mentors/advisors as well as other student affairs professionals on campus, online private and governmental resources, assessments, plans of action and the student’s skills, personality, and preferences are all aspects of helping a student feel secure that the path they are choosing fits their dreams and aspirations.

Examples of resources are:

Occupational Outlook Handbook –This profiles every job type recognized by the US government with information on day to day activities, required credentials, salary expectations, etc.  The Occupational Outlook Handbook is organized into categories to easily select from and includes detailed instructions how to use.

O*Net – Exhaustive source to aid in finding career paths based on job outlook, personality, salary, needed educational, skills, and abilities. 

What Can I do with a Major inTo find how academic majors translate into the world of work. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also has helpful information on occupations and how you can apply your education. 

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Students are encouraged to schedule a time to meet with a staff member to discuss their individual concerns.  Outside sources of advisement can lead to other means of obtaining pertinent and important information toward pathways of exploration. After exploring career options, you may decide to consider graduate school as another option.


 Spring Break 2012 served as the kick off for our Career Exploration Program for students, "Break for Careers." This program was implemented as one part of the institutional retention project and focuses primarily on freshmen and sophomores at Clarkson University. The major focus of this program is to provide an outlet for career exploration and identification for students who are struggling with deciding on a major, indentifying career fields and determining whether Clarkson University is the right place for them. For the initial year, the Career Center established approximately 22 employer sites to host students throughout the northeast during Spring Break. Each site offered a group tour and/or discussions with human resources representatives, Clarkson alumni, and other employees about career opportunities within their organization.

Employer site visits will be available in KnightLink as they are arranged, with a focus on opportunities through the Spring semester. Students interested in attending any of these visits should RSVP under Events --> Workshops in KnightLink. There may be caps on the number of students each site can accommodate and students will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. All students are encouraged to share their interest in the program, or special requests, with the Career Center.


The Career Center also maintains relationships with a vast selection of employers and alumni who are willing to discuss industries, employers, career options, etc. with students. If you would like to take a more proactive approach to your career exploration, please meet with the Career Center to identify some targets.

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