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    • Guess what? ALL STUFF IS CAREER STUFF!

      We strongly believe that anything and everything you do is related to your career. Isn’t that why you came to college? Here’s STUFF that we do across 3 stages of career development:

    • Career Exploration

      This stage is for any individual at any age or level of experience who wants to embark on a journey of professional and personal discovery to identify career options.
      Here are examples of ways you can explore career paths with us:


      One of the best places to start is assessing yourself. Assessment may be a formal evaluation or just a conversation with your Career Coach. The ultimate goal is to gain a better understanding of yourself. This is especially helpful if you have no idea what you want to do!

      • Skills Assessment: what are your natural talents and abilities?
      • Interests Assessment: what work activities do you find appealing?
      • Values Assessment: what beliefs and ideas are important to you?
      • Personality Assessment: what traits best describe you and how you go about solving problems?
      • Academic Strengths Assessment: what majors are you good at?
      • Personal SWOT Analysis: What are your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats and how does that inform your career plan?
      • Work Style Assessment: What is your dominant work style and how will this impact your work relationships?
      • Career Readiness Assessment: how developed are your leadership skills, work ethic, teamwork skills, communication skills and problem solving skills?



      Another way to explore career options it to gain hands-on experience. Experience empowers students to make realistic decisions and expand their network (which is the best way to create future job opportunities for yourself!). Experience can be added to your resume, expose you to career paths, and create relationships to use for references in the future.

      • Volunteer: donate your time for free to help a nonprofit with their mission
      • Internships / Externships: work (paid or unpaid) for a fixed amount of time with a specific learning objective for all types of employers
      • Job Shadow: follow an employee for a day to learn about their job, the company, and the industry



      Much of exploration is simply doing research. If you already have a career objective in mind, do you know the minimum education requirements to get a job? Do you know which major is a best fit for you? The following are examples of things to research to inform your choices.

      • Informational Interviews: interview people in the workforce and ask questions to understand their professional journey and how it will inform your next steps
      • Career Paths: understand all of the steps required from education to experience to get into your field of interest
      • Choosing a Major: find the major that aligns with your goals
      • Identifying a 4-year college: identify potential schools to transfer to that are within your budget and have the major you want

    • Career Readiness

      Career readiness is about increasing your chances of getting a job now. Your image is reflected on all of your application materials – and employers are making a judgement call about you. Our job is to make you shine.

      On Campus Recruitment (OCR)

      Employers table for in the Library Lobby of the Journal Square Campus or the main lobby in our North Hudson campus to promote the company and current open positions. Students can simply ask questions to learn more or, they can apply and interview on the spot!


      • Resume: the single most important document every application requires (yet is only viewed for about 8 seconds!) – it’s the story that explains your experience and technical skills
      • Cover letter: the other important document that no one reads but is still required – it’s the story that highlights your soft skills
      • Professional clothes: these types of clothes can be expensive – we have resources for free clothes for you to keep and wear to interviews
      • Job Search Strategy: having a plan of action and tracking your work and results
      • Interview Skills: first impressions, handshakes, answering questions about yourself – the most under practiced but important performance
      • Interview Follow Up: sending a thank you email to employers within 24 hours is a critical, yet often overlooked, step
      • LinkedIn: think digital resume meets social media
      • Social Media / Digital Footprint: employers will research your online presence, what kind of photos of you are out there?
      • Personal Brand: your unique style, impression, and reputation
      • 30 Second Pitch: imagine bumping in to a CEO of a company you want to work for on an elevator and you have 30 seconds until you reach the ground floor to make a case for why they should hire you


      Career Management

      Once you have a job or are on your path, the journey never stops. Career management is a set of skills that help you maintain your success and commit to constant development. These are not skills we are born with – but ones we build and refine over time. Some of these skills will be formally evaluated at your job and some are just for your own wellbeing.

      Core Competencies

      The National Association of Colleges and Employers identified eight competencies associated with “career readiness” – click here to learn more.

      • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving: Exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems. The individual is able to obtain, interpret, and use knowledge, facts, and data in this process, and may demonstrate originality and inventiveness.
      • Oral/Written Communications: Articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms to persons inside and outside of the organization. The individual has public speaking skills; is able to express ideas to others; and can write/edit memos, letters, and complex technical reports clearly and effectively.
      • Teamwork/Collaboration: Build collaborative relationships with colleagues and customers representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints. The individual is able to work within a team structure, and can negotiate and manage conflict.
      • Leadership: Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals, and use interpersonal skills to coach and develop others. The individual is able to assess and manage his/her emotions and those of others; use empathetic skills to guide and motivate; and organize, prioritize, and delegate work.
      • Professionalism/Work Ethic: Demonstrate personal accountability and effective work habits, e.g., punctuality, working productively with others, and time workload management, and understand the impact of non-verbal communication on professional work image. The individual demonstrates integrity and ethical behavior, acts responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind, and is able to learn from his/her mistakes.
      • Digital Technology: Leverage existing digital technologies ethically and efficiently to solve problems, complete tasks, and accomplish goals. The individual demonstrates effective adaptability to new and emerging technologies.
      • Career Management: Identify and articulate one's skills, strengths, knowledge, and experiences relevant to the position desired and career goals, and identify areas necessary for professional growth. The individual is able to navigate and explore job options, understands and can take the steps necessary to pursue opportunities, and understands how to self-advocate for opportunities in the workplace.
      • Global/Intercultural Fluency: Value, respect, and learn from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, and religions. The individual demonstrates, openness, inclusiveness, sensitivity, and the ability to interact respectfully with all people and understand individuals’ differences.

      Personal Development

      • Money Management: tracking your expenses / savings and setting financial goals to stabilize your life and build your economic future
      • Goal Planning: developing an action plan with actionable and measurable steps to achieve a specific goal
      • Continuing Education: pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree (and beyond) to meet educational requirements for specific roles and increasing rate of pay
      • Promotion: actively applying for roles that advance your pay, skills set and competitiveness in the job market
      • Salary Negotiation: having a professional conversation that advocates and makes a case for a higher rate of pay than the role currently offers
      • Work / Life Balance: organizing your life in a way that feels good and meets your physical, intellectual, financial and emotional needs

      We know that this process is long and difficult. We are not just a resource for you but part of your support system. Whether you need to vent your frustrations or ask for general guidance, we are here for you.
      Click here to schedule an appointment in person, over the phone or via video conference with a member of our team.

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      Career Services

      70 Sip Avenue, Building A

      3rd Floor
      Jersey City, NJ 07306


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      Career Services

      North Hudson Campus

      4800 John F. Kennedy Boulevard

      2nd Fl Rm 204A 

      Union City, NJ 07087