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CHANGING CAREERS

Contemplating a change of career is not unusual. Whether you are pursuing a change because of a layoff, relocation, or more fulfillment, we can assist with:

  • Career counseling
  • Career research
  • Job search strategies and resources
  • Networking and connecting with other alumni


APPOINTMENTS

Alumni who are contemplating a new career direction may contact our front desk at (315) 443-3616 to arrange an in-person, Skype or telephone appointment to discuss their situations. Appointments are offered Monday—Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST all year.  Please note that we are busiest from September—November and from January—April each year.


GET STARTED

Answering a few reflection questions will help you pinpoint areas in which your skills, interests, and values may influence your next career move.

  • What’s important to me?
  • What skills do I excel in? Which skills do I want to continue using in the future?
  • What am I interested in? What do I like doing for fun? Is there a way to combine my interests into a career?
  • What do I value? What is important for me to find in a future employer?

RESOURCES

There are a number of books on the topic of career change which we have found to be valuable for career changers:

  • What Color is Your Parachute by Richard Bolles
  • Do What You Are by Paul Tieger and Barbara Barron
  • What Should I Do With My Life by Po Bronson

There are also websites devoted to changing careers:

  • I am a Career Changer a collection of resources from Quintessential Careers
  • Changing Careers a collection of articles from Career Journal.com, part of the family of sites maintained by the Wall Street Journal
  • 50+ Professionals a collection of resources directed to the older professional, provided by Career Journal.com
  • iRelaunch.com for those who have taken time off from their career and want to get back into the workforce