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Getting Started

The students in The College of Arts and Sciences will be empowered to pursue meaningful careers and lives.  Our advising model has a theme of personalization and the belief that we should treat each student as a unique individual. We seek to have a transformative impact on students’ ability to make decisions about their careers and their lives, empowering them to discover and pursue choices that are well aligned with what matters most to them. This involves engaging students early and often through individual conversations, programs, events, resources and services.

Giving students better roadmaps to learning expectations and outcomes, enlisting them in the design and achievement of their learning, and providing them paths to reach their chosen destination, adds coherence and focus to a career-readiness-focused university.

CAS Career Workbook

Download the workbook (PDF).

Where to Start?

When should you begin to prepare for the job market or graduate school? The answer is now! It’s never too early to make a plan and begin to collect all you’ll need to build an impressive portfolio. Even if you’re not quite ready to focus on a career, take a look at these helpful tools and resources. Whenever you’re ready, we’re here to set you up for success!

    1. Watch this short video, “Career Road Map?”
    2. Take a minute to prepare a timeline (PDF) or personal career action plan (PDF).
    3. Upload a resume into OrangeLink, where you can showcase/share your work with  mentors, faculty and graduate recruiters, employers and parents. For additional help read this guide (PDF).
    4. Attend one or more 30-minute seminars to help get you started: Career Events

How to book an on-line appointment with your college advisor:

  • Login to your MySlice account and access the Orange Success link (hit CTRL + F and enter "Success" if you don't see the link).
  • On Orange Success home page, click "My Success Network" (found on the left side of the page). 
  • Find your college advisor and click the "Schedule Appointment" link.
  • Find an open slot that works for you and click on the "+ Sign up" button to reserve that time.  (Please enter a brief description of what you'd like to discuss in the "notes" section.)

Additional Resources:

Career Assessments

Not really sure where to begin or completely lost as to what interests you?

We can help you dig a bit deeper by talking about your options with you, or by providing you with a career assessment. These career tools can help you think about:

  • Values: How your personal and professional values relate to satisfying careers.
  • Skills: What strengths you have and that you would like to use in a career.
  • Interests: Thinking about your interests will help you determine which of your interests align with careers.  
  • Preferences:  What energizes or drains you?

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator ® (MBTI)is a questionnaire designed to measure your psychological preferences and help make them understandable and useful. You’ll answer questions related to how you deal with the world, how you gather information, how you make decisions, and what your orientation is to others. You will learn about your preferences and how they correspond to career areas

Strong Interest Inventory

This exploration tool offers insight into your interests that will help inform a career choice. The inventory takes about 30 minutes to complete. Interests are broken into six categories, which you discuss with a career counselor to see how these interests translate into career options.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.


ONET OnLine is a tool for career development and job analysis with detailed descriptions of job function, skills, education, and employment trends.

myIDP Individual Development Plan

For PhDs in the STEM field.  Learn how to leverage your expertise into a satisfying and productive career.   An individual development plan (IDP) helps you explore career possibilities and set goals to follow the career path that fits you best.

The Versatile PhD

Versatile PhD (VPhD) is a web-based resource that helps graduate students, ABDs, and PhD students investigate and pursue careers beyond academia.  Through the VPhD site you can join a thriving, supportive, web-based community, and dialog with other “Versatile PhDs” both inside and outside of the academy.  

Logging in to VPhD:  Log in with Your SU NetID and Password

For full access to the PhD Career Finder, click the above link and enter your SU NetID and password.  This will establish your affiliation with Syracuse and take you to the VPhD login page.  You will need to set up a VPhD account unless you already have one.

For more details, see the VPhD University Membership page.

While these tests don’t have all the answers, they can be useful in helping you sort out a direction and even understand why you sometimes think and feel the way you do. 

These are just some of the offerings we have to help you. You will need to contact your advisor before taking the career assessment to determine which tool will help you best. Below are some of the tools that might be able to help you to find your way.

Excel Training and Certification Program

This program is available to students in the College of Arts & Sciences and undergrad students in Maxwell who are looking to build a solid foundation in Excel.  With the Microsoft Office Specialist Excel 2016 Certification, you will stand out in the competitive job market.  Students must study and complete practice exams prior to taking the certification exam.


Take Practice Exams:

Fall 2017 Certification Testing Hours:  Every Monday, 2:00 - 2:50 pm

For more information, visit the Excel Training and Certification Program webpage.

My Personal Career Action Plan

What is a Personal Career Action Plan (PDF)?

A career action plan is a road map that takes you from choosing an occupation to becoming employed in that occupation to reaching your long-term career goals.

You can now write your career action plan. It will list all the goals—both short-term and long-term—that you identified. It will include the steps you will have to take to reach them, the barriers that may get in your way and the solutions you have come up with for dealing with them.

Setting and Reaching Your Goals

When you know what you want to do, career-wise, you can then set your goals. Your career action plan will be made up of these goals and the steps you will have to take to reach them. Here's what you need to do:

First brainstorm to come up with a list of all your goals.

Then break your goals down into short-term and long-term goals. Short-term goals are those you can reach in one year or less. Long-term goals are ones that are attainable in one to five years. For example a long-term goal may be completing your college degree. Completing your college applications would be a short-term goal.

Identify any barriers that could threaten your ability to reach your goals and then figure out what solutions can help you overcome them. If you can't find viable solutions, you may need to reformulate your goals. An example of a barrier to your goal of earning a college degree might be a learning disability. A solution that could help you get past it would be learning about the resources available to you at the college you plan to attend and then taking full advantage of them.

For additional help with your professional development please contact a career professional advisor.

Career Videos

Explore Career One Stop’s collection of videos on hundreds of different careers.

Career videos are organized into 16 clusters, or related types of work. Select a category to view a list of videos related to that cluster. Videos include career details such as tasks, work settings, education needed, and more.


Job Shadows, Coffee Chats and Informational Interviews

Hundreds of Arts & Sciences alumni around the country offer their time to our students. Coffee chats, informational interviewing, and shadowing are great ways to learn about your career interests, specific industries, and organizational culture. Build and expand your professional network and connect with SU Alumni! To take advantage of these opportunities, keep your eye out for Arts & Sciences Advising & Career Services emails before each school break.


Outcomes Survey Class of 2017

Congratulations on your recent graduation!  As a new member of the Syracuse University alumni network, please complete this quick survey if you graduated August 2016. December 2016, or May 2017.

If you graduated August 2017, or will be graduating in December 2017 or May 2018 a survey will be coming soon!

Helpful Resources

Resume Basics

Cover Letter Basics

Before the Interview

Big Interview