Career Development Resources
The counselors in the Office of Career Preparation and Professional Development are here to assist you in mapping out and discovering your career goals.
The office has designed a four-year career development plan, which can be tailored to your specific career needs and provides a framework to help you gain the most from your college experience. The following resources are available to help you in your career development process.
Four-Year Career Development Plan
The Office of Career Preparation and Professional Development has designed a four-year career development plan, which can be tailored to your specific career needs and provides a framework to help you gain the most from your college experience.
Transfer Student Career Development Plan
The Office of Career Preparation and Professional Development can help ensure a smooth and successful transition to St. Joseph’s College. Career counselors deliver personalized services and provide a framework to help you get the most from your college experience.
Career Planning and Assessment
An important part of career planning is self-assessment, which will help you discover how your interests can relate to career choice.
Use FOCUS 2, an online career and education planning system, to help provide a visual representation of your interests, values, personality, skills, and leisure activities.
Review personalized results with information that will help you to discover potential college majors and occupations.
Schedule time to meet with a counselor in the Office of Career Preparation and Professional Development to discuss major and minor choices as well as career exploration and planning.
Big Interview is an online system that combines training AND practice to help improve your interview technique and build your confidence.
You have at your disposal a variety of tools including:
- Challenging, virtual mock interviews for all experience levels and dozens of industries
- A database of thousands of interview questions with tips on how to answer them
- The ability to rate and share your interview answers for feedback
- A comprehensive video-training curriculum covering all aspects of landing a job
- A step-by-step interview Answer Builder for crafting answers to behavioral questions
What is Candid Career?
- Thousands of career videos! Industry professionals sharing their job descriptions, backgrounds and preparation advice.
- A fun and effective way to explore careers through short one-two minute video clips.
- Discover career fields that you did not even know existed, and learn what it takes to get hired in that field.
- “Get Hired” advice videos on interviewing, résumé writing, networking and many more topics to help you land that job!
These websites will help in providing you with information on the tasks, skills, education and training, salary, job outlook and resources to support you in your career research.
- O*Net Online: Nations primary source of occupational information.
- The Occupational Outlook Handbook: The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.
- Glassdoor: Database of company reviews by employees, interviewing information and more.
- Vault: Research companies, explore internships and get advice on topics ranging from résumé writing to interviewing.
- Indeed: Use this powerful search engine to discover jobs and organizations who employ the positions that you are looking to obtain.
- Internships.com: Find job and internship opportunities in cities all across the United States.
- InternQueen: Apply for jobs that match your skills and make valuable connections with professionals in your field.
Verify a company is legitimate with a simple search.
Some helpful websites include:
The Micro-Internship Program
SJCNY’s Micro-Internship Program provides students with unique opportunities to gain valuable professional experience outside the traditional internship cycle. Through micro-internships, students can learn and hone the skills that employers look for, build meaningful connections with organizations across the country, and get paid – all in your spare time.
What is a micro-internship?
Micro-internships are short-term, paid, professional projects posted by employers across a wide range of industries. Often, these projects require 5-40 hours of total work across 2-4 weeks and can be completed remotely. They are posted on a rolling basis and can be applied for year-round.
What are the benefits of a micro-internship?
Micro-Internships are a great way to take advantage of spare time to set yourself up for success. By participating in a micro-internship, you can:
- Learn and hone the skills employers look for when recruiting for internships and full-time positions
- Explore new industries and potential career paths
- Build tangible relationships with employers by demonstrating your skills and abilities in substantive projects – many employers use micro-internships as a way to connect with potential interns and full-time hires
How can I get started?
Creating a profile takes just a few minutes, and from there, it only takes a couple of clicks to apply to an opportunity! Please note that some projects are time-sensitive. In such cases, employers may expect their micro-interns to begin working on the project less than one week from when they are selected. If you are selected for a micro-internship, you will receive an email packet that includes information on how to contact the employer so you can discuss a start date and begin work on the project.
Networking is developing and maintaining relationships that are valuable in your career exploration and job search. In person or online networking can happen at any time.
To help you to develop a professional online presence, consider these helpful resources:
Some steps and questions to help you start:
Google your Name
- What comes up?
Check your privacy settings
- Who can see your posts?
- Who can tag you in posts?
What are you using for profile pictures?
What can people who are not connected to you see?
What are you posting?
- Is it a true representation of who you are?
- Can it harm your chances of getting an opportunity?
If you are not going to engage with it or update it, then don’t use it.
Once something is posted, it never truly goes away; nothing is ever 100 percent private.
St. Joseph’s College Office of Career Preparation and Professional Development makes every effort to assist students and alumni in career preparation. Our office makes no recommendations or guarantees regarding positions, employers, links to outside websites and other resources available. The Office of Career Preparation and Professional Development provides these resources only as a convenience and assumes no liability for acts or omissions by third parties or for any material supplied by them. It is the responsibility of students and alumni to use great effort and caution when exploring and accepting any position, and assume all responsibility associated with these opportunities.
Students or alumni who discover any misuse or abuse of these websites are encouraged to report the matter to the Office of Career Preparation and Professional Development as soon as possible.