Cornell University

Career Services for Alumni

Are you a Cornell graduate looking to make a career change? In addition to the links listed to the right of this page, below are some resources to aid you in your search for information and assistance:

General Career Exploration and Job Search

The college career libraries links listed under the “Resources” tab
Many of the career offices on campus offer their own reference libraries with information that will allow you to pinpoint resources related to your areas of interest by key-word. Both print and web-based information is available.Many of the print resources can be found in your local library or through e-books.

Cornell Connect:
Search the directory and find Cornell alum.

This website offers both a database of occupational information and career exploration assessment tools for exploring and searching occupations.The website is maintained under the direction of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration.  A great tool for reading about potential career options!

The Age Advantage:Making the most of Your Midlife Career Transition by Jean Erickson Walker, Ed.D.
A great resource for midlife career changers.Includes information on how to assess your career interests, research careers, and the book offers resume and cover letter examples as well as interview preparation related to the mid-life stage.

What Color is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Richard N. Bolles
This book is revised and updated annually, but continues to be a great resource to help explore all of the areas necessary to conduct an effective job search—reflection exercises are provided to assist with the career exploration process, along with a wealth of resources for locating job and career information. Excellent resume, cover letter, and interviewing guidelines are also provided.

StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath
For those trying to articulate what their natural talents are in order to pursue a career path will find this book and on-line tool very insightful.The StrengthsQuest model behind this instrument focuses on developing awareness of in-born personality talents in order to purse work that supports those talents.

Career Cornerstone Center:
For those with a background in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM), this website provides information about career options for 185 degree fields, including “day in the life” profiles, earnings information, and links to additional resources.

National Career Development Association (NCDA):
Need someone to talk to about your career exploration?This webpage offers information to help you to locate career counselors in your geographic area who are members of this national organization and possess credentialing in career counseling.Click on the “Find a Counselor” tab at the top of the homepage.

Your local Employment Office:
Many state and county employment offices now offer a wide range of career services to help job seekers within their area. 

Ph.D. and Master’s Graduates

Put Your Science To Work: The Take-Charge Career Guide for Scientists by Peter S. Fiske, Ph.D.
This book outlines the process of discovering what career paths are available to graduate-degree holding scientists, starting from your skills and interests, progressing to career options and writing resumes and cover letters, and concluding with the interview process.

This online resource through ScienceCareers provides: exercises to assess your skills, interests, and values; career path options based on your skills and interests; and resources to help explore these career paths.

So What Are You Going to Do With That?  A Guide for MA’s and PhD’s Seeking Careers Outside the Academy by Susan Basalla and Maggie Debelius
Written by two English Ph.D. holders, this book provides practical advice and anecdotes to help MA and Ph.D. holders explore career paths outside of academia.

Outside the Ivory Tower: A Guide for Academics Considering Alternative Careers by Margret Newhouse
This is another classic book that provides information about one’s skills and career options as a graduate degree holder.

International Careers for U.S. Citizens

Country-specific information—including job resources, application document information, cultural advice, visa information, and employment trends—is available either through career guides (which you purchase) or through their Career News section.

Non-U.S. Citizens Needing Visa Sponsorship

Find out which employers sponsored internationals for an H-1B visa or green card by conducting searches by career, city, industry, and job title.