Students & Alumni

Students & Alumni

Graduate Students

The Academic and Career Development Center provides comprehensive and free services to all of its graduate students. To assist in developing your personal career strategy, consider scheduling an appointment to identify the Career Planning resources that will best meet your needs.

Individual Career Counseling

Research Tools


Tools for the Job or Internship Search

Alumni

The Career Services offers a host of services to assist alumni in the job search process. Whether you are re-entering the job market, evaluating a career change, or seeking to move into a different organization, our services can support you in reaching your career goals.

Services


Research Tools


Tools for the Job Search

Interviews

The interview is your opportunity to evaluate a prospective employer as well as the prospective employer's opportunity to assess you. As the candidate, your goal is to elaborate on your resume, sell yourself and your skills and to obtain firsthand information about the organization and the job. The employer will evaluate your personality, attitudes and aptitudes in relation to the job and the culture of the organization. Click here to learn more on how to prepare for an interview.

Writing Resumes & Cover Letters

The Academic & Career Development Center offers a number of services, including workshops, to help students prepare for their future after graduation. One such service is to help students compose their resumes and cover letters.

Diversity Resources

There are a wide variety of career resources for people in traditionally underrepresented groups. These resources don't replace the services offered by the Career Planning Center but rather provide supplemental guidance, job postings, and informational articles in career exploration and internship and job searches.

Students with Disabilities

All Career Planning Services offered are extended to students with disabilities and other diverse populations. In addition to those services, below is a link to resources specifically for students with disabilities.

Research Tools

This is a partial list of sites for researching careers and finding links to internships and job listings by career field. Some links also contain related career resources for the particular field which can help as you research potential industries.

Discovering Who I Am

Individual Career Counseling

A counseler working with a student on her next career move.‌Counselors can provide assistance in the following areas:

  • Help with a career decision or to pursue a career change
  • Gain insight into interests, values, personality and skills
  • Discover internship or job opportunities
  • Apply to graduate school
  • Develop a resume or have a resume critiqued
  • Prepare for interviews via practice interviews
  • Answer questions related to careers, jobs, internships, graduate school or post graduation volunteer service opportunities

Appointments can be made by:

  • Visiting the Career Planning Center located in the Kelley Center
  • Phone: (203) 254-4081
  • E-mail: cpc@fairfield.edu

MBTI - What's my personality type

In career planning, the MBTI may be used to explore learning styles and to help determine what occupational fields individuals might be best suited. Use with millions of people around the globe have made the Myers Briggs Type Indicator assessment the most valid personality assessment in modern psychology.

The insight gained has helped the lives of countless people by:

  • Enhancing personal growth
  • Clarifying career direction
  • Improving communication
  • Developing leadership skills

Schedule an appointment at the Career Planning Center to discuss taking the MBTI.

Strong Interest Inventory - What are my interests?

The Strong Interest Inventory (SII) is one of the most widely used assessment tool of occupational interests and designed to compare your interests to individuals in many different occupations. While no test is able to tell you what career path to follow, the Strong Inventory is a great place to begin looking for possible careers/majors that match your interests. The Strong Interest Inventory has helped individuals:

  • Start to identify career options based upon interests
  • Gain understanding of occupations that may offer career satisfaction
  • For those changing directions it can offer guidance to occupations that individuals may have not thought about

Schedule an appointment at the Career Planning Center to discuss taking The Strong Interest Inventory.

Networking

Four business men/women talk at a convention.‌What is networking?

"Networking" is a means of utilizing people to learn about organizations, career fields and to share knowledge. It's not new or unusual. Chances are you do it everyday! How did you find out about your car mechanic or your favorite restaurant? Most likely, someone referred you to them. This process is what employers use to fill positions. Their "contacts" refer job candidates to them. The key is for you to be the one referred when openings are available.

Networking is not asking for a job! First generate a list of possible contacts these may include:

  • Friends and relatives
  • Parent's, aunt's and uncle's friends
  • Neighbors
  • Former and current employers/employees
  • Faculty and administration
  • Career Fairs
  • Campus workshops, presentations and career panels
  • Fairfield Alumni Network (Online Community)
  • Community contacts (bankers, lawyers, CPAs, Chamber of Commerce, politicians, clergy)
  • Professional association members and officers
  • People mentioned in local newspapers, alumni magazines, trade journals
  • People mentioned in directories of companies and associations
  • People working in a field or in an organization which interests you
  • People who would know any of the above
  • Anyone you meet!

In connecting with your network let your contact understand why you chose them. This will help to clarify why you want to meet with them. Remember, your goal is to meet with them to obtain and share information. You want to make a good impression so that your contact will feel comfortable referring you to their network contacts.

You meet, preferably at their workplace, usually for about a half hour. You ask most of the questions, and in return, you gain insights into their profession. In addition, you can ask for advice regarding your own job search. You may even learn about some interesting job openings. And you always ask for the names and phone numbers of other professionals whom you might also interview. Thus, the process of building your network continues.

 

More information:

Post-Graduate Service

Just because your college years are over does not mean that you will no longer be able to participate in social outreach programs. Consider a year or two of post-graduate service to determine if this is your life's calling. There are a myriad of organizations internationally and domestically that are interested in working with you.

A Fairfield University Graduate doing volunteer work in Africa.

Samples of some are:

Post-graduate opportunities

  • Domestic Links and e-mail addresses to domestic service organizations.
  • International A description of international service organizations, requirements and web addresses and contact names.
  • Teaching A listing of organizations and websites that have post-graduate teaching opportunities.
  • Secular A description and listing of websites for secular service organizations.

Successfully Attending a Career Fair

Undergraduate Fairfield U students talk to employers at one of the career fairs.‌Career Fairs are popular among job seekers and employers alike. They offer opportunities for individuals seeking employment, or in some cases internships, to meet with several employers. Employers are located in booths or at tables in a large auditorium or conference center. In order to meet with employers, candidates wait in line to speak briefly with employment representatives. Employers use this process to meet many candidates and identify individuals who will be invited for a more in depth interview.

The value of a career fair to a job seeker will vary depending upon the "match" between the qualifications being sought by employers and the background of a candidate. The types of positions that are being offered, reflect the current labor market, and will likely influence whether or not a job seeker will perceive a career fair as a worthwhile experience.

 

Guidelines for Success

  • Do your homework. Learn as much as you can about the employers who will attend and the positions which they are hoping to fill prior to the event. Check company websites and Vault.com.
  • A company's booth at a Fairfield career fair.
  • After you have visited your targeted employers, visit as many other employers as possible.
  • Bring 25 copies of your resume and a portfolio for taking notes and holding employer information.
  • Present yourself in a professional manner. While employers may consider you if you are dressed in business casual, professional attire gives you an edge.
  • Rehearse a brief introduction of your skills and qualifications to "hook" employers.
  • When an employer asks "What are you looking for?" let them know that you did your research and tell then of your interest in their company.
  • Request a business card from each employment representative with whom you meet and send a thank you note to each of these individuals.
  • Be aware that you will probably have to wait in line for a considerable period of time if you hope to meet with "popular" employers.
  • Maintain a positive, up-beat attitude throughout the event. Be polite to everyone you meet.
  • Go early - usually the slower time of a career fair is the first hour, so arrive early and employers will be able to give you more time.
  • Talk with other candidates. A job fair is a perfect opportunity to establish new networking contacts.

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