Vision and Mission


Syracuse University Career Services strives to make a positive impact on the professional development of every Syracuse University student. Our comprehensive career counseling and resource approach is designed to engage students as active participants throughout their Orange career. We strive to serve the needs of the individual, while creating career-related programs and services that are responsive and accessible to all students.


Our central career department collaborates with each school and college to provide and empower all students in the career development process by:

  • Facilitating personalized career exploration to develop a clear career objective, starting the first year.
  • Promoting avenues for experiential learning, such as alumni chats, informational interviews, immersion programming and internships.
  • Cultivating and maintaining partnerships with University employers to provide assistance in job search and transition to professional life.
  • Capturing destinations to support future students and collegial partners.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Career Services integrates the Syracuse University Diversity and Inclusion Core Values and Guiding Principles into all programs and services.

Explore Syracuse University’s Intercultural Collective to learn more about their unique offerings, annual events, mentoring in addition to their student programs,  services and resources.

Please contact the Syracuse University Career Services team to learn more about inclusion, identity and career development.

Core Values

  • Build relationships: We believe in connecting with students throughout the career and professional development process. Our expertise, experience, connections and energy are available to each student. We are committed to helping students find the answers they need to make informed career decisions.
  • Become catalysts: We are action-oriented. We help students discover where they want to go and help them make that happen.
  • Actively educate: Learning does not just happen in the classroom. We work with students at any stage in the career development process. We teach students about navigating the world of work. The skills and strategies they learn will serve them well for a lifetime.
  • We are challengers: We motivate and challenge students. We encourage them to explore varied career ideas, to become involved in more experiences during college and to aim higher to achieve their career goals.
  • Connectors: Our connections build relationships that spawn careers that construct a better world. Networking is critical to gathering key information, gaining experience in different fields and learning about job opportunities.
  • We are a team: Our team works together and complements each other’s strengths. We pursue healthy and productive working relationships through open communication, mutual respect and collaboration, while growing in our collective professional development.

Student Experience Operational Framework

As part of the Division of the Student Experience at Syracuse University, Career Services strives to deliver top-quality experiences that are built upon the Student Experience Operational Framework Vision, Pillars, and Commitments. For more information, please visit the Student Experience Operational Framework webpage.

We invite you to explore how Syracuse University Career Services will introduce you to the Operational Framework.

  • Be Well: Support Wellness, Success and Thriving
  • Be Safe: Foster a Safe and Caring Community
  • Be Curious: Promote Curiosity, Empathy, Intellectual Exploration and Exposure to Diverse Viewpoints
  • Be Engaged: Create Meaningful Engagement and Experiential Learning

Syracuse University Shared Competencies

Providing an unsurpassed student experience during your professional development journey and throughout your time at Syracuse University is a top priority. Six learning goals, or Shared Competencies, will be woven throughout your student experience to help foster connections between academics, co-curricular experiences, professional development and the campus community. The Shared Competencies will promote the crucial knowledge and skills essential for all students to develop. For more information, please visit the Shared Competencies webpage.

We invite you to explore how Syracuse University Career Services will introduce you to the Shared Competencies.

Reflection on the dynamic relationships among power, inequality, identities and social structures. Thoughtful engagement with one’s values, intersectional identities, experiences and diverse perspectives and people. Application of ethical and inclusive decision-making in the context of personal, academic, professional and collaborative pursuits.

Exploration and synthesis of ideas, artifacts, issues and events to inform and evaluate arguments, develop new insights and produce creative work. Reflection on, and application of divergent modes of inquiry, analysis and innovation to research, knowledge and artistic creation.

Application of scientific inquiry and problem solving in various contexts. Analysis of theories, replication of procedures and rethinking existing frameworks. Supporting arguments through research, data and quantitative and qualitative evidence that can generate new knowledge.

Knowledge, exploration and analysis of the complexity surrounding interdependent local, national, and global affairs. Engagement in responsible, collaborative and inclusive civic and cross-cultural learning, with an emphasis on public, global and historical issues.

Effective individual, interpersonal and collaborative presentation and development of ideas through oral, written and other forms of expression to inform, persuade or inspire.

Identification, collection, evaluation and responsible use of information. Effective, ethical and critical application of various technologies and media in academic, creative, personal and professional endeavors.