CHANGING CAREERSContemplating 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
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.
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?
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