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How can I research and make informed decisions on my career direction?

Now that you’ve completed career assessments and identified careers of interest, it’s time to conduct research on them!

If you haven’t already, we encourage you to complete assessments that can help you determine careers you’re interested in.

The Career Coaches at the Magner Career Center understand that career decision making may feel overwhelming and stressful for students. We are here to coach and support you through this process. Engaging with our office as early and often as you can, preferably as freshmen, will vastly improve your level of career confidence. Developing a strategy for exploring careers can help you avoid becoming overwhelmed. Being organized and reflecting along the way, will keep you on track. To form your strategy, take advantage of the resources below and our numerous services.  

Discover Yourself

Need Help With Choosing A Major?
Talk with an academic advisor with the Center for Academic Advisement and Student Success (CAASS).

MAGNER CAREER CENTER AND OTHER RESOURCES:

Use the following webpages to conduct research on different job titles/industries:

Attend Career Events

The Magner Career Center offers workshops and events for all Brooklyn College students which is a great way to learn about a variety of careers! Each academic year we host exploring career sessions, employer info sessions and more. Attending these events can help you get exposed to careers and industries of interest. View these instructions on how to sign up for a workshop.

Alumni Mentoring Program

Brooklyn College’s Alumni Mentor Program is a great way for students to learn more about a given field, build connections, and receive professional advice. The purpose of the program is for students to learn more about their potential career of interest while gaining “insider” industry information. This is a useful opportunity to build a valuable connection with a professional who has graduated from Brooklyn College. Learn more by visiting “What is the Alumni Mentoring Program?”.

Career Videos

We’ve created a series of videos to give you a better understanding of career opportunities. These short videos help you explore your options, and offer expert advice for finding your dream career!

Use LinkedIn!

Having a LinkedIn profile is a great way to connect with employers, build your network, gain career advice, and learn about new opportunities. LinkedIn serves as a way to research careers you might be interested in by seeing what alumni are doing in a field of interest. Search alumni by following the steps below:

  1. Visit the Brooklyn College Alumni LinkedIn page & join the Magner Career Center LinkedIn Group. You can also join groups relevant to your career interest.
  2. In the search bar, type in a field that is of interest to you. For example, if you are looking to learn more about a career in investment and finance, type in “banking,” and then “finance.” This will give you access to Brooklyn College alumni who are currently in this field.
  3. Connect! Request to connect with the alum, but do not send the automated response. Instead, write a short note explaining why you are interested in connecting with them and ideally, conducting an informational interview

Attend Meetups

Meetup is a platform where individuals with interests similar to your own can discuss, network and learn from each other. Be sure to review the listing of Meetups and register.

Join Professional Associations

A professional association is an organization formed to unite and inform people who work in the same occupation. Whether you are looking to learn about job postings in your field, network in your professional community, gain access to current events in your career area, joining a professional association is a step in the right direction. Research online or contact alumni and other professionals within your area of interest to find the most engaged and productive associations to join.

Career Coaching

The final step, should you feel you would benefit from discussing your research, is to meet with a Career Coach by scheduling an appointment

Please note: Your journey, academically and professionally, is ultimately yours to own. Our help comes in career counseling, job fairs, and resources that assist you. The Magner Center encourages students to take the initiative and seek services and guidance if necessary, but your path comes from the journey you choose to take. So choose wisely, and be proactive! 

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