February 8, 2001

Students Explore Future Career Opportunities

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The fourth annual Career Advising Day gave over 400 Cornellians the opportunity to tweak their career plans or to seek help choosing a path. Yesterday’s fair took place in the Willard Straight Memorial Room and lasted from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

“The purpose of the event is to inform Cornell students about the wide range of career services available to them,” said event coordinator Jane Levy, senior associate director of Cornell Career Services.

“Students also have the opportunity to talk with representatives of various offices at Cornell and learn about web and library resources,” she added.

Advisors represented nearly 30 departments, divisions and programs, including the Biology Center and the Public Service Center in addition to career specialization such as management consulting, according to Levy.

“This is the only event with this breadth of affairs. It helps students with any career interests,” said Karin Ash Ph.D. ’99, director of Cornell Career Services.

A new feature of this year’s fair was a booth where students could receive resume critiques. Departmental representatives and a range of pamphlets also provided students with helpful resources.

“We want to let the students know where our office is [which recently relocated to Goldwin Smith],” said Lisa Harris ’88, a representative from Arts and Sciences Career Services. “We provide career advising, and we have workshops and books that cover all major fields.”

Students who stopped by the Johnson Graduate School of Management’s table found general tips on applying to business school.

“The biggest advice [we give] is that you really need to know what you want to get out of business school before applying,” Scott Lewis MBA ’01 said.

Placing the representatives of departments from across campus in a central location also benefited students.

“It’s nice that you don’t have to go around campus [to talk to all these advisors],” Courtney Tawresey ’03 said.

“I came here to find the best route to take in order to get into law school,” Ryan Horn ’02 said. “And the people here are very nice and very accommodating.”

“I like to see the administration connect to students like this,” he added.

Archived article by Peter Lin