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The Career Development Center is dedicated to helping students fulfill the lifelong pursuit of purpose by providing services, access to information, resources, and experiences that address individual career needs.

Career Development Timeline

As you pursue your career at Buffalo State College, this timeline can be a useful guide to establish goals, make effective decisions, and gain employment and/or admission to graduate school. These are suggested activities to engage in your career development; the order in which you follow the guidelines below is not sequential or absolute. For additional career advice and support, please contact the Career Development Center (CDC).

Freshman Year

  • Develop effective career decision-making skills by learning more about yourself and researching majors and careers.
  • Use DISCOVER, an online career inventory, to learn about your interests, abilities, and values.
  • Register for UNC 111: Career Planning in Theory and Practice, a course designed to help you choose a major/career.
  • Learn more about what you can do with your major by visiting the CDC Career Resource Library and using the CDC website resources.
  • Take classes that seem interesting to you, since interests can be a good indicator of career satisfaction.
  • Write your first resume by attending a CDC resume writing workshop or using CDC website resources.
  • Search for part-time and summer opportunities through ORCA, the Online Resource for Career Advancement; located on the CDC website. Part-time and summer employment is a great way to explore your interests, develop skills, and make money.
  • Explore volunteer opportunities and register for service-learning courses which help you get experience and get involved, while giving back to the community.
  • Participate in academic clubs, student organizations, or other campus activities to gain skills, meet people, and become more connected with BSC.

Sophomore Year

  • Research majors of interest using the CDC Career Resource Library or web resources.
  • Investigate careers related to the majors you are considering.
  • Meet with faculty members to learn more about your major of interest.
  • Talk to professionals to learn more about careers that interest you.
  • Gain work-related skills through part-time and summer employment.
  • Volunteer in the community and become involved in student organizations to develop leadership skills and get experience related to your career/major.
  • Begin researching departmental requirements for internships.
  • Update your resume highlighting your new experiences and skills.
  • Evaluate and confirm your tentative major/career decision.
  • Meet with a career counselor to help you clarify your major/career decision.

Junior Year

  • Determine the skills employers are seeking and identify experiences outside of the classroom to develop those relevant skills. The CDC can help with this.
  • Diversify your experiences through part-time and summer jobs, internships, volunteering and student organizations to help further develop professional skills.
  • Secure an internship to gain relevant work experience or apply for a summer research fellowship, if you are planning to attend graduate/professional school.
  • Explore the requirements and qualifications for jobs in your desired field.
  • Investigate graduate or professional degree requirements in your field.
  • Research potential graduate school and professional programs of interest, including admissions requirements such as entrance exams (GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT).
  • Update your resume to reflect new experiences and skills.
  • Attend cover letter writing workshops and use CDC website resources to write an effective cover letter.
  • Professionalize your image. Make sure you have a professional e-mail address, voicemail and Facebook page.

Senior Year

  • Gain and expand work-related skills by seeking additional experiences and employment opportunities outside of the classroom.
  • Understand and connect your experiences and knowledge to the requirements and qualifications for the jobs in your desired field.
  • Utilize the CDCís job posting site, ORCA, to find a professional position.
  • Attend the CDCís Job Search workshop and review our web resources to learn more about job searching techniques; particularly how to find advertised and unadvertised openings.
  • Update your resume and cover letter with related experiences.
  • Learn interviewing strategies by attending the interviewing workshop, scheduling a mock interview and/or using CDC website resources.
  • Meet with a career counselor to have your resume and cover letter critiqued.
  • Attend job fairs and check out the CDCís website to learn more about employers coming to campus.
  • Attend Graduate School and Law School Fairs to meet with local, national, and international graduate and professional school recruiters.
  • Review admissions requirements and deadlines for desired graduate school programs.
  • Meet with a career counselor to review your personal statement, letter of intent, or resume for graduate school.
  • Join professional networking sites such as LinkedIn or the Buffalo State Alumni Association Community to increase your chances of finding a job and to learn more about your career field.