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Career Development Resources

Alumni Advice: Heather Nelson ('18)

Heather Nelson ('18) reflects on professional development at Upstate.

Alumni Advice: Jacqualyn Schulman ('18)

Jacqualyn Schulman ('18) reflects on professional development at Upstate.

Alumni Advice: Stephen Shinsky ('15)

Stephen Shinsky ('15) reflects on professional development at Upstate.

Career Readiness Core Competencies

Important competencies to know for the workplace

Soft Skills in the Workplace

The importance of soft skills in the workplace.

Additional Resources and Guides

American Association for the Advancement of Science Career Development Center

Another great resource from the AAAS is myIDP. The Individual Development Plan or IDP is commonly referenced as an aid to help employees define and attain professional aspirations and skills. myIDP is an online career-planning tool tailored to meet the needs of PhD students and postdocs in the sciences.

Connect with the College of Graduate Studies on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a great platform to allow current students and alumni the chance to connect and keep abreast of our Career Development events and announcements. It is also an excellent tool for providing job leads & referrals. Group members will have the ability to participate in discussions.

Indeed Career Guide 

New York Academy of Sciences - Career Center

CGS students and alumni are given sponsored membership to the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS). The mission of the New York Academy of Sciences is to drive innovative solutions to society's challenges by advancing scientific research, education and policy. More specifically the NYAS is committee to supporting the development of current and future scientists and researchers using a number of projects and initiatives like Global STEM Alliance, Science Alliance, and the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists. Check out the Career Center for more resources and information. 


Schedule a Career Counseling & Advisement Appointment

Schedule an appointment with Shaunna Arnold, the Coordinator of Career Development & Alumni Relations for the College of Graduate Studies. 



Print the guides below to help you when you are preparing for your career search. There is a wealth of information that can help you with each of the catergories below. 

Cover letters: a great cover letter explains to the employer how you can benefit them. Use the following guide to help you create your own cover letter. 

Curricula vitae: used when apply to academic positions and list all your academic achievements. Review the attached guide for more information on a cv. 

Resume: a good resume will showcase your accomplishments in a few pages, typically used for industry positions. Review the attached guide for more information on a resume.

Networking: is the process of cultivating and maintaining relations, either formally or informally. Networking gives you the opportunity to build your network and open new opportunities. Review the attached guide for more information. 

Guide to interviewing: interviewing is your opportunity to showcase to the employer you are the one for the job. Interviewing includes a number of different types of questions. One type are the behavior interview questions. These take a little more practice. See the interviewing guide and a behavior interview guide.