Career Counseling & Assessment
Career counselors assist students of all class years with a variety of concerns related to exploring majors and careers, internships, graduate school and job search. For initial conversations, refer your student to Counselor on Call (COC) hours. CDC also offers career assessment instruments, however the student must first meet with a counselor during COC to discuss assessment options, need, and expectations. Students should use counseling services independent of their parent(s).
The CDC provides a diverse schedule of programs to assist students with a full range of career development needs. Most programs are of no cost to the student and offer the chance to interact with CDC staff and the opportunity to ask questions. Some programs include employers and/or Binghamton alumni who share their advice and personal career journeys.
The CDC hosts several special events throughout the course of the year including:
- The Graduate School Fair and Law Day offered early in the fall semester, provide the opportunity to meet with graduate and professional school representatives from across the US and abroad.
- The Job & Internship Fair, held in both the fall and spring semesters,allows students to interact with recruiters and learn about potential job and internship opportunities. These recruiters come from both local and distant locations.
The On Campus Recruiting program at Binghamton University provides undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to interview with hiring organizations for full-time permanent and internship positions. Employers from a variety of for-profit, non-profit, and government organizations (link to who recruits at BU once it’s finalized) have participated in past semesters. In addition, students are strongly encouraged to attend employer information sessions to learn more about recruiting organizations and make initial contact with employers. All interview and information session schedules are managed through eRecruiting.
CDC coordinates several programs that offer students opportunities to explore career options and gain valuable experience:
- The Academic Internship Program, offered year-round, is the largest credit-bearing internship program at Binghamton University.
- The Johnson City Mentor Program, a partnership between Binghamton University and the Johnson City School District, provides Johnson City students with role models and extra academic support. BU students encourage mentees to develop their organizational, planning and social skills while serving their community.
- Liberal Arts to Careers Externship is a new program that provides Harpur sophomores with the opportunity to job shadow a Harpur alumna/us when classes are not in session. Selected students are matched with a professional to explore a specific career and gain insight into the realities of the workplace.
eRecruiting is the online system the Career Development Center uses to manage the On Campus Recruiting Program, Job & Internship Posting Service, and Resume Books. It enables students and registered alumni to access postings 24/7. All Binghamton students have unrestricted access to this system and are encouraged to utilize its services beginning as early as their freshman year. Users may upload resumes and cover letters, search and apply for jobs and internships, and publish resumes to the Resume Books. eRecruiting's Experience Network allows students to conduct a broader job search by accessing a national network of employers, including opportunities from Careerbuilder.com, Hotjobs.com, and Dice.com. Links to additional career resources are also provided within eRecruiting, including career, industry and city profiles.
Job Search Assistance
CDC's goal is to assist students in developing life-long skills that will enable them to be successful long after they graduate from Binghamton. Many resources, programs and services are available to help students navigate the job search process. The CDC counselors can offer advice on evaluating a job offer, salary negotiations, and how to accept or decline a position.
Career Resource Area
The CDC offers a resource area complete with computers and a small career library to aid students in researching majors and occupations, finding a job or internship, and identifying graduate schools.
Alumni Association Professional Network
Through the Binghamton University Alumni Association Professional Network on LinkedIn, students can tap an expansive group of Binghamton alumni for networking. Current students looking to learn about career fields, expand their professional network, and or improve their job search strategy, are encouraged to join the LinkedIn subgroup specifically for student-to-alumni professional networking. Included in the Student-to-Alumni Professional Network subgroup is a network of Binghamton alumni who have volunteered to be contacted by current students regarding their career. Alumni network volunteers can provide information and assistance whether you are conducting a job search, considering graduate school or contemplating a career change.