Undecided Career Community

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Explore the Undecided Career Community

This career community is for those students who have not yet chosen a specific career path.  Students will access specialized career counseling resources designed to increase self-awareness and clarity of career direction.  Once students arrive at a chosen career path, they can then leave the Undecided Career Community, join the career community that aligns most appropriately with their chosen career, and continue to access the advising services, career resources, and employer connections relevant for their chosen industry. 


Access Your Career Advisor

 

Patrick Burns

Patrick Burns
Assistant Director of Career Education & Development
Patrick.Burns@Stockton.edu

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Helpful Resources

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What is Handshake?
How to Complete Your Handshake Profile

 

Three easy steps to get started and one step closer to finding your next opportunity:

1. Log in.

We’ve already set up a Handshake account for you. Just go to Stockton.edu/Handshake and log in with your GO Portal credentials

2. Introduce Yourself
Your profile is your time to shine, so don’t be shy about listing your accomplishments. Because the more potential employers know about you, the better the chance they’ll reach out. Make sure to list all of your hard work — in the classroom and out — in your profile.

3. Tell us what you want to do and where you want to be.
Set your preferences for the types of jobs and locations you’re interested in, so we find the right opportunities for you. Because searching through hundreds of job postings that don’t fit isn’t a good use of your time. Let us help!

You’re in good company. And good news for you, we’ve got the tools to help you take the first step. And then the next. Oh, to be decisive. Let’s get you hired.

Career questions, answered. All in one place.

Explore the early career Q&A library to find the answers you've been looking for.

  • Go to the Q&A tab and click Explore to see thousands of questions and answers from other students and new grads.
  • Filter by trending topics, or search for answers to your own specific questions.
  • Can't find what you're looking for? Click My Questions to ask your own.

Job and internship reviews for the companies you're interested in.

Want a glimpse into the day-to-day life of an intern? Or the inside scoop on the interview process?

  • Find reviews right on Employer Pages on Handshake.
  • Search for a specific company to find the Reviews and Interviews tabs.
  • Like it if you find it helpful to make it easier for other students to find or Message the reviewer for more information!

Real talk. Ask real students real questions.

Message students and alumni who've gotten amazing jobs through Handshake, and find out how they did it.

  • Navigate to the Students tab.
  • Filter by major, previous employers, school, and much more to find students with similar interests, skills, or career preferences as you
  • Message them with questions about anything - from their their professional experience to classes they'd recommend.

Get discovered by employers

Build a strong profile.

  • Add recent work or volunteer experience. What'd you do this summer?
  • Include your skills and organizations. Employers search for students based on what they list on their profile - make sure to be thorough!

Adding these elements to your profile makes you 5x more likely to get a message from a recruiter!

  • Make your profile public so that employers are able to proactively find you!


Keep your career interests up to date.

  • In the "For Employers Only" section, add career and location interests to help recruiters find you
    more easily.
  • Tell us your preferences and we'll send you relevant job, internship, and event recommendations.
  • Open the Career Interests page in your profile options, and select your career community. Don't forget to click save!

Show employers you're interested.

  • Keep track of which employers have viewed your profile and favorite employers to let them know
    you're interested.
  • Apply to jobs! It might sound obvious, but the first step to landing an opportunity is applying.

PRO TIP: Upload your resume for easy access and to apply from the mobile app in one click

Welcome to Stockton!  As a new student everything seems so fast but in no time at all you will be looking at college graduation.  There are many things you can begin now to set yourself up for career success.  The time to begin is NOW.  Career Education & Development stands ready to help you.  Visit our Appointment Scheduling Page to make an appointment with a career advisor or stop by our office today -- Campus Center, Suite 104.

Here are learning activities that you can engage in to begin to identify your career interests and options:

During your second year of college you should be focused on declaring your major and exploring career options that fit with your interests, values, abilities and personality.

Here are learning activities that you can participate in that will serve you well as you develop your career:

Junior year is the time to seek out experience in your field/s of interest and confirm your career choice.

Here are learning activities to position yourself for your next career steps:

  • Draft or update your resume.  Make an appointment to have it reviewed by a career advisor by visting our Appointment Scheduling Page.  You will need a resume to get an internship!
  • If you haven't done so already, plan on securing an internship during this period.
  • Join a Stockton career community and participate in a program specific to that community.
  • Develop contacts through networking, career fairs and informational interviews.
  • Select electives that will increase your marketability.
  • Expand your involvement in clubs and activities on-campus.  Now is the time to think about rising to a leadership position.
  • Seek out volunteer work or consider engaging in a service-learning project or class.  It is a great way to gain career-related experience.
  • Planning on going to graduate school?  Become involved in undergraduate research to increase your chances of acceptance to really good schools.  Meet with a career advisor in Career Education & Development to plan out your timeline and process for applying.
  • Secure a summer job that "counts," one that relates to your future career.  For a summer job think Nationwide!
  • Think about studying abroad in the next few semesters.  A great way to make yourself stand out!  Think about interning abroad or volunteering overseas as well.
  • Learn what skills and abilities you must possess when you graduate from college to be successful.  All employers want these from their employees, no matter what the major.  Do you have them?  How can you show it on your resume?
  • The time is NOW.  Career Education & Development stands ready to help you.  Come into our office (Campus Center, Suite 104) or visit our Appointment Scheduling Page to make an appointment with a career advisor.

Senior year is the time to implement your career plan fully.

Here are learning activities that you must do as a senior to positively position yourself for launching your career:

  • Polish your resume.  Make an appointment with a career advisor by visting our Appointment Scheduling Page to have your resume reviewed.  Review the skills and abilities employers covet.  Reflect those skills and abilities in your resume.
  • If you haven't done so already, join a Stockton career community and participate in a program specific to that community.
  • If you have not done so, secure an internship.
  • Begin your job search.  It takes the average college graduate about 4-6 months to find a job.  Review our Your Job Search page for resources and strategy ideas.
  • Collect references for jobs or graduate school applications.  Review our References and Recommendationshandout for tips on how to best manage your references.
  • Attend Career Fairs on-campus to hunt for jobs and network.
  • Use the StocktonWorks system as one tool for finding jobs.
  • Review our Effective Interviewing handout.  Schedule an appointment with a counselor in Career Education & Development for a mock interview to gain experience in job interviewing.
  • Network with Stockton alumni who have volunteered to be a career resource for you by using the Alumni Career Network.
  • Planning on going to graduate school?  Take the required graduate school entrance test.  By December, select and apply to your chosen graduate schools.
  • Not sure what to do?  Consider the Gap Year, a year after graduation where you do some of those things you meant to do - like travel, study abroad or an internship - but never got around to OR do a Gap Year because you're not sure what you want to do yet.
  • The time is NOW.  Career Education & Development stands ready to help you.  Come into our office (Campus Center, Suite 104) or visit our Appointment Scheduling Page to make an appointment with a career advisor.

You can jump start the major and career decision-making process by following these steps:

Step 1:  Self Awareness

Make an appointment with your career advisor to discuss your career goals. 

Step 2:  Gather Career Information

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What can I do with a major in...?  Check out this site to explore what careers relate to particular majors.  "What Can I Do With This Major?".

What do people do in this job/field?  Research career fields and positions using the Occupational Outlook Handbook or O*Net.

Salary Sites: 
 Explore and calculate salaries by occupation and geographic area at America's Career Infonet or at NACE's Salary Calculator Center.

Researching Employers:  Click here to explore resources for exploring companies/organizations.

Step 3:  Discuss Your Options

Talk with Professionals:  Talk to professionals in your field, Stockton alumni, faculty, preceptors and current students to get the inside scoop.  Learn how to conduct an informational interview or contact an alumni mentor.

Meet with a Career Advisor:  Our counselors are ready to meet with you to assist with self assessment, exploring career possibilities, researching careers or anything else related to your career development.  Visit our Appointment Scheduling Page to set up an appointment.

Meet with an Academic Advisor:  Meet with an advisor in the Center for Academic Advising, located in the Campus Center, Suite 242, to help match your career interests with the academic program that is right for you.  Also, check out their "Choosing a Major" link.

Step 4:  Test Drive Your Careers

Make an appointment with a career advisor in Career Education & Development to strategize how to best test drive and gain experience in your fields of interest.