Welcome, Alumni, to Cornell Career Services!
Are you a Cornell graduate looking to make a career change? Or perhaps you are a recent graduate now pursuing advanced studies or beginning your career. The CCS website is a useful resource for you, and our staff are a phone call, virtual meeting, or e-mail away to answer your questions.
If you are you an alum who is well established in your field, we invite you to become familiar with our services and to volunteer your expertise by advising students engaged in career exploration; and consider carrying on a tradition of excellence by hiring other Cornellians.
Look through the pages on this site for guidance on how to put into action the career change or alumni engagement you wish to make.
- Extensive information on the job search is available in the Jobs and Internships section. Much of the material is geared to first-time job seekers, however there is a lot of basic, useful information, as well as many online resources for the job-search process.
- There is also useful information in the Resumes and Interview Prep section.
- Alumni continue to have access to Cornell Handshake, the system we use to post jobs submitted to Cornell. Job postings are geared towards current students and alumni with 0—5 years experience. To use the system, you must first complete a brief Student Profile, which allows us to notify you of various opportunities pertinent to your career interests. There is no fee for this service.
- In addition, we offer extensive support to alumni who are applying to graduate or professional school.
- Be sure to explore our Career Development Toolkit in Canvas.
- Investigate CUeLINKS, which has an Alumni-to-Alumni networking component that has recently been activated in the addition to the Alumni-to-Student networking features.
Below are some resources in addition to those mentioned elsewhere or included in our Resource Library, that are particularly useful to alumni. You might be able to find the books listed here in a local library or purchase them online:
Resources for All Alumni
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
Those who are 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.
Resources for PhD and Master’s Graduates
You'll find many resources in the Graduate Students section of this site. Some of our favorites include:
Put Your Science To Work: The Take-Charge Career Guide for Scientists by Peter S. Fiske, PhD
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 Science Careers 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 PhD holders, this book provides practical advice and anecdotes to help MA and PhD 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.