Career development extends well beyond your graduation from Brockport. Even though you’ve left Brockport, we haven’t left you!
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Alumni play a critical role in assisting Brockport students in the exploration of potential career paths. Casual conversation, on-campus recruiting, lunch with a career sessions, and so on, has a significant impact on students. Partner with us at Career Services to join in student-alumni engagement!
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Brockport alumni have 24/7 access to search for job and internship opportunities, register for on-campus events, and manage professional documents through Eagle Connect powered by Handshake
Career Counseling & Coaching
Whether you are a recent graduate or a professional with years of experience, we have resources to meet your career needs. We offer online career resources, career events, networking opportunities, and appointments for our alumni.
Schedule appointments (phone, Skype, or in-person) with a career counselor from Career Services. Select an appointment time through Eagle Connect powered by Handshake or call us at (585) 395-2159.
Online Career Resources
Career Services offers a number of online career resources for students and alumni. Browse through our website and log on to Eagle Connect powered by Handshake
Join the Brockport Alumni Group for networking opportunities with other Brockport alumni
Check out our Graduate School page where we have information about the application process, tests, personal statements, etc. Our career counselors can also discuss school options, critique resumes and personal statements, aid in applications, and assist with the entire decision making process.
To make a graduate school appointment, log on to Eagle Connect powered by Handshake
5 Things Recent Graduates Need to Know
One of our online resources, Vault, has an article outlining five things every college graduate should keep in mind when looking for a first job. Check it out!
1. Determine Your Path
Once you have decided on a career path—and remember, this may change—you will have a much clearer focus when searching for jobs or networking. Any and all networking is beneficial; even the most casual conversation at a party could lead to a vital workplace introduction. And if you are looking to find a mentor in your field, join a professional organization or attend networking events specific to your industry.
2. Start at the Bottom
For many graduates, the reality is starting in a less than ideal position and working their way up the ladder. Given this reality, you may want to look into internship or placement opportunities.
3. Experience is Everything
Perhaps the biggest obstacle for recent graduates is that entry-level positions still require work experience. This can seem like a catch-22, because you can’t get experience without having a job, but you can’t land a job without experience. As long as you demonstrate that you have skills applicable to this new position, employers are often willing to fill in your skill gaps and teach you on the job.
4. Identify and Promote Your Strengths
It’s important to recognize where you shine—and where you don’t—because finding a job requires a level of self-promotion you might not be used to. You should promote your strengths while emphasizing your desire to keep learning and refining your skills.
5. It May Take Some Time
At the end of the day, it's important to remember that finding your first job is often no walk in the park. You should go in with a positive mindset and recognize that this is a marathon and not a sprint. Take every experience as an opportunity to learn and improve on your mistakes—and remember, you’ll get there in the end.
As always, feel free to reach out to our office by email, by phone (585)395-2159, or stop in to Rakov 101 with any questions.