Develop and Finalize A Career Plan
On the eve of the May commencement, alumni celebrate the passing of the torch of learning from faculty and staff to the newest class of graduates. Faculty and staff will lead students and alumni representing various past class years in a procession to mark the seniors’ last night as undergraduates. Free. 315-312-2106.
Location: Marano Campus Center
Friday, May 13, 9 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
SUNY Oswego celebrates its 155th Commencement with three ceremonies: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at 9 a.m. School of Business at 1 p.m. School of Communication, Media and the Arts and School of Education at 4 p.m. Former Secretary of the Army John McHugh will receive an honorary degree at the 9 a.m. ceremony. Admission by ticket. Also webcast live from oswego.edu. 315-312-2106. https://www.oswego.edu/college-store/commencement
Location: Arena and Convocation Hall, Marano Campus Center
Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Men's Soccer vs. St. John Fisher Scrimmage
Location: Laker Turf Stadium
Tuesday, Aug 23, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Women's Volleyball vs. St. Lawrence
Location: Max Ziel Gymnasium
Sunday, Aug 28, noon - 1 p.m.
Reunion Weekend 2016
Join us for the biggest alumni party of the year! Visit alumni.oswego.edu/reunion for the most up-to-date information.
Location: SUNY Oswego, 7060 NY-104, Oswego, NY 13126, United States
Thursday, May 5, 1:50 a.m. - 1:50 a.m.
2016 Alumni Mets Game
Gather with NYC-area alumni, family and friends for a day at the ballpark! http://bit.ly/1RKCBib
Location: Citi Field 123-01 Roosevelt Ave New York, NY 11368
Saturday, July 9, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Complete items 1 and 2, choose between 3a or 3b, then choose one from items 4-11.
1. Develop a Strategic Graduate School or Job Search Timeline DATE COMPLETED: ________
Considering the many steps you need to walk through, it makes sense to identify tasks and develop a timeline to keep you on track. You may want to meet with a professional staff member in the Compass to discuss your particular needs and goals.
2. Secure and manage your references. DATE COMPLETED: ________
You will want to secure positive references from people who can critically evaluate your work and academic performance. For assistance with this process, you may want to review our handout on references, or considering starting a reference file with us for the purposes of the job or graduate school search. You can contact your reference writers directly from the system - anytime 24/7 and from anywhere with an internet connection!
(Complete EITHER 3a - Grad. School, or 3b - Job Searching)
3a. If applying to graduate school (if not, skip down to 3B).... DATE COMPLETED: ________
- Learn about/identify graduate entrance exams.
Many of the graduate programs you have identified require specialized entrance exams. Learn about these and schedule to take those that may be required early in your senior year.
- If applying to graduate school, explore sources of graduate school funding.
DATE COMPLETED: ________
Rather than add to your existing college loans as you apply to graduate school, consider sources of graduate school funding such as scholarships, fellowships and assistantships. Do this early in your application process, as many of these sources of financial aid are awarded as soon as the application deadlines occur.
- Submit your graduate school application(s). Don't forget to check out our section on application essays and personal statements. DATE COMPLETED: ________
3b. If job searching....
- Connect the skills/characteristics you possess to the career fields you are interested in.
Knowing what employers want is the first step in beating the competition! There are many resources to assist you with this, including major exploration sites, professional associations, o "Job Choices" online magazine, and reviewing job vacancy requirements.
DATE COMPLETED: ________
- Explore the sub-fields of your career fields. DATE COMPLETED: ________
There are many ways to accomplish this - you can talk to a Compass staff member or intern, explore online, utilize our Focus2 online program, or connect with alumni for informational interviews.
- Explore three industries related to career fields identified above. DATE COMPLETED: ________
Now that you know your general career field, you can narrow down the types of industries and organization that relate to your field. Our national company database, Reference USA, can assist with this process. You'll need to visit the Compass Resource Center for access to this online database.
Choose ONE of the following 4-11.
4. Engage with the Alumni Sharing Knowledge program (ASK) DATE COMPLETED: ________
Through the ASK program, you can shadow an alum, have your resume critiqued, conduct a mock interview, make networking contacts, gather relocation information, and learn about possible internship opportunities.
5. Attend a Pizza with Professionals event DATE COMPLETED: ________
We regularly schedule professionals from a variety of fields to come on campus and speak with students over lunch about what they do, the benefits, challenges, and day to day operation of their field.
6. Go on a "Test Drive Your Career" trip DATE COMPLETED: ________
Several times a year we will load vans full of students and travel off-site to an organization to learn first hand what working in that career field actually means. We have gone to PR agencies, medical labs, banks, defense contractors, prisons, and much more.
7. Personal finance/budget assignment DATE COMPLETED: ________
Directions: Complete the Budget Assignment to get a realistic picture of your personal finances upon graduation.
8. Attend an on or off-campus Career Fair DATE COMPLETED: ________
Career Services, Experience-Based Education, and Community Services & Service Learning coordinate a variety of events designed to put you in contact with potential employers who seek full/part-time employees, interns, and volunteers. Check out LakerLeads.
9. Conduct a job shadowing experience DATE COMPLETED: ________
There is nothing like walking a mile in someone's shoes to really understand what they do for a living, and the daily challenges and rewards they receive.
10. Explore and join a related professional association DATE COMPLETED: ________
Joining a professional association in your field has many benefits - you have access to online resources, job vacancies, networking opportunities, and more. Many times, joining as a student is either free or discounted.
11. Visit graduate schools, if applicable DATE COMPLETED: ________
12. Attend the New York City Career Connections program in January in Manhattan
DATE COMPLETED: ________