Career Exploration

No matter where you are in life, it is never too early, or too late, to start planning for your future. SUNY Oneonta helps students find their focus through a variety of career exploration tools and techniques such as career advising and assessments.

Getting Started

First, you need information. Take some time to research the topics below. When you're ready, schedule an appointment to meet with a Career Counselor.

Information about you
1. What do you like?
2. What are you good (skills/abilities) at?
3. What are your interests?
4. What's important (values) to you?

Information about majors and careers
1. How long will it take me to graduate?
2. What kind of a GPA do I need to be accepted?
3. What kind of classes will I be taking?
4. What type of jobs can I get with the major?

If you need help getting an idea of some careers that match well with your major:

Major In

Information about life after undergrad
1. What is the typical starting salary? What's the job market like?
2. Do I need to go to graduate school and for how many years?
3. Who can I talk to who really does this job?
4. Is there someone who will let me job shadow them?
5. Will my major provide me with internship opportunities?
6. Is there volunteer work I could do to see if I like the job?

Helpful Resources

This is a computer based career guidance system for those who need assistance in deciding on a major or choosing a career. Complete the Focus 2 career assessment to find out more about how your skills and values can lead you to a fulfilling career. For the password and log in information, please email

New York Career Zone
A way to research careers and assess what careers might suit you based on your personality mosaic. You can even watch videos about specific careers.

The Occupational Information Network
O*NET database takes the place of the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) as the nation's primary source of occupational information. The O*NET database and related products will help millions of employers, workers, educators, and students make informed decisions about education, training, career choices, and work. The O*NET Project is administered and sponsored by the US Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration.

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