First Year Students: The Time to Meet with the Becker Career Center is NOW.

You may think that the Becker Career Center is only supposed to be used by Juniors and Seniors as they search for jobs, however students who begin using the Becker Career Center during their first year will be more prepared to gain employment in their desired career field upon graduation.

Are you wondering – where do I even begin? The answer is you should schedule an appointment with a career advisor as your first step. You can schedule an appointment by emailing the Career Center at or calling at 518.388.6176.

Tell us that you’re just getting started and would like to schedule an appointment and then you can talk one on one with an advisor about personalized next steps.

It’s really that easy!

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Here are some things we might talk about in our first meeting:

Have you figured out your major? Do you know what Career Path you’re on?

We can consider doing an assessment that helps you identify interests and personal values that will help determine your academic major and career path. This is what we typically call the Career Exploration process.

Do you need to prepare professional documents to apply for an opportunity?

We can help you create or review your resume and cover letter while tailoring them for each internship or on-campus job, research or volunteer opportunity that you apply to.

Do you want to find an internship?

We can teach you how to effectively use online databases to search for internships. We’ll give you access to several internship search databases, including HireU, where employers are looking to hire Union students.

Do you need to learn how to use LinkedIn?

We will guide you to our next LinkedIn  workshop occurring throughout the year. Stop in to find out when our workshops are held or visit the calendar on HireU. You can also email Shannon Flaherty, to schedule an appointment. P.S. Don’t forget to follow the Becker Career Center on Facebook.

 If you still don’t think you need to stop by before your Junior year, see what a recent Union graduate has to say:

As a first-year, now is the time to get started! Believe me when I tell you that it is never too early to make your first trip over to the Becker Career Center.  While the name may suggest otherwise, the office and staff work with students from all years and majors on all things professional development and self-exploration — not just careers. From discovering what major suits you to finding an internship for the coming summer to ensuring that your first job interview is stellar, the resources and counsel available through the Becker Career Center are invaluable.

The transition from high school into college and from college into your career both require patience, diligence, objectives, and good habits.  That being said, professional development is a long process and it is essential that you begin to recognize important aspects early in your collegiate career in order to create a path that will be most beneficial to you in the future.  However, the self-discovery process is a life-long one. And that begins here.

Lucas Rivers ‘2015, Former Peer Career Advisor & President of the Class of 2015


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