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Career Development Center

110 Netzer Admin. Building
SUNY College at Oneonta
Oneonta, NY 13820
(607) 436-2534
career@oneonta.edu

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 4:30pm

 
 

Career Planning

 
 

No matter where you are in life, it is never too early, or too late to start planning for your future.

"We create our own destiny with our choices and decisions. We can base these decisions upon the awareness of our inner truth or we can base them on reactions to outer circumstances. This power always belongs to us. No one can take it from us."
~Gail Pursell Elliott {The Dignity and Respect Lady}

First, you need information. Take some time to answer or research the questions below:

 Information about YOU!
1. What do you like?
2. What are you good (skills/abilities) at?
3. What are your interests?
4. What's important (values) to you?

 Information about MAJORS & CAREERS!
1. How long will it take me to graduate?
2. What kind of a GPA do I need to be accepted?
3. What kind of classes will I be taking?
4. What type of jobs can I get with the major?
5. What is the job outlook for this career?

You might need a REALITY CHECK - WHAT'S THE JOB MARKET LIKE?
1. What is the typical starting salary? 
2. Do I need to go to graduate school and for how many years?
3. Who can I talk to who really does this job?
4. Is there someone who will let me job shadow him/her?
5. Will my major provide me with internship opportunities?
6. Is there volunteer work I could do to see if I like the job?


HELPFUL WEBSITES:

FOCUS II
This is a computer based career guidance system for those who need assistance in deciding on a major or choosing a career. This program allows students the opportunity to explore various career options and get some ideas on careers that relate to their skills and interests.

New York Career Zone
A way to research careers and assess what careers might suit you based on your personality mosaic. You can even watch videos about specific careers.

The Occupational Information Network
O*NET database takes the place of the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) as the nation's primary source of occupational information. The O*NET database and related products will help millions of employers, workers, educators, and students make informed decisions about education, training, career choices, and work. The O*NET Project is administered and sponsored by the US Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration.

Ten Steps to Career Planning
This site is helpful to find out how to choose a career and how to reach your career goal. It provides useful tips on job hunting, resume writing and interview techniques.