Career Exploration and Planning

Career preparation is part of the graduate experience at Syracuse University. Whether a career has already been identified or you are exploring the many options that lie ahead, we’re with you along the way. Our office works to provide you with a wealth of resources and events that are informative and motivating. In addition to our staff, there are online resources available for career research.

Our Job Search Preparation workshops, combined with drop-ins and individual coaching sessions, with help you to make a lasting, positive impression on prospective employers. Make an appointment with us today to see how we can help you advance your professional knowledge and skills.

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Online Resources

General Career Exploration and Planning

Industry Outlooks
Career Onestop / America’s Career InfoNet
This resource, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, has a wealth of information for career exploration, job search, and other elements of career preparation.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
The US Department of Labor provides general information on salaries and projected jobs for a 10-year period based on occupation groups.
This site provides salary information relative to your value in different markets, benefits, and cost-of-living comparisons. 
Provides in-depth information on what it’s really like to work within an industry, company, or profession. This resource is free for Syracuse University students.
Job Search Websites
The largest job board in the world, you can post your resume and search for jobs on Indeed.
A well regarded job search site, Glassdoor allows you to search for jobs, read company reviews, and provides salary estimates.
If you are interested in securing a Federal Government position, this site allows you to search and apply for Federal Government jobs.
This wide-ranging site features jobs and other resources related to the non-profit sector.
Candidates eager to work in Tech can search open jobs and post their resume on Dice.
Career Preparation
Big Interview
Garner interview skills and then practice what you’ve learned on this online platform.
Additional Resources
Cost of Living Comparison
When you move to a new city, the cost of living in that city probably differs from Syracuse. This calculator can help you understand how salaries should change in different cities.
‘Cuse Community
A helpful resource for finding alumni clubs, events, and connections.
Research Funding
Check out the Syracuse University Office of Research website to learn more about funding opportunities.

Master’s Students

  • Beyond Graduate School Career Training Platform
    A professional development platform featuring five modules to help graduate students learn how to leverage their education and build a meaningful career.
  • Student Jobs 101 at LinkedIn
    This handbook series within LinkedIn will guide you along in the transition from university student to the professional world.
  • Cover Letter Resource Guide
    This resource guide provides insight on how to write an effective cover letter to be utilized in job applications.
  • VMock Tutorial
    This overview of resume-builder tool VMock will enable you to utilize the software to create an effective professional resume.

Ph.D. Students and Postdocs

  • MyIDP
    An assessment and career planning resource for graduate students and postdocs in STEM fields.
  • ImaginePhD
    Start planning your graduate school career and assessing your skills, values, and interests. It’s a free, confidential and online tool especially designed for humanities and social sciences students.
  • InterSECT Job Simulations
    InterSECT allows PhD-level scientists and humanists to explore future career options.
  • Beyond the Professoriate PhD Career Training Platform
    Professional development platform featuring a 4-stage program helping Ph.D. students and postdocs successfully transition into an academic or nonacademic career, available at no cost through the Graduate School’s institutional subscription.