Whether you’re a first year student or senior, graduation can seem far away. But it’s never too early to start planning for the future—in fact, the time is now.
“I want to major in biochemical engineering and honestly do not know what the job prospects are or where to go with this degree, I’m a bit confused.” said Emilie Uwase, a first-year student from Rwanda. “That’s why I decided to come to the Career Center to find out more.”
The annual Career Center Fall Kick-Off, held today in the Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center, drew hundreds of students just like Emilie, looking to find out more about the services the center offers.
“Our goal is to provide direction and to help our students establish realistic expectations and goals for the future,” said Darlene London Johnson, Senior Associate Director of the Career Center. “We want our students to realize an important return their college investment.”
Get on the Path of Pride
Last spring, the Career Center established the Path of Pride program — a seven-step career planning process that begins with a visit to a Hofstra career counselor.
“Students not only learn about career resources and options, but they also learn more about themselves by taking a career assessment that gives insight into interests, skills, values and personality,” said Suzanne Dagger, Interim Executive Director of the Career Center.
From the first year to graduation, the steps to success include career research; networking and building connections; skill development through workshops and help with drafting a resume and cover letter; searching and applying for internships; and establishing timelines for job or graduate school search as well as gathering references.
“These steps were developed to help students to find their best fit for a college major and profession,” said Dagger. “We encourage students to take full advantage of their time and resources provided here at Hofstra.”
Gain a Competitive Edge
For the students on the internship and job hunt, the Career Center also offers instructional videos, career planning handbooks, and online resources like Alumni Student Konnection (ASK) to connect with alumni as well as The Pride-Career Management System (“Pride-CMS”), where students can view and apply to thousands of job and internship postings. The Career Center also offers “Quick Question” Hours where students can walk-in and have their resumes reviewed and critiqued—no appointment necessary.
“From freshman year until now at Hofstra, I have taken full advantage of all that the Career Center has to offer,” said Victoria Boretsky, a senior music education major and resident assistant who hopes to teach music in a public school. “The counselors have helped me to career plan, network, and draft resumes and cover letters. They also take time to review everything more than once to make sure I’m putting my best self forward—it’s really invaluable.”