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Career Counseling

Our career counselors are here to support your academic and professional success. No matter your field of study or major, we can provide you with information on what it takes to succeed in your chosen career. Whether you are seeking to change your major, or to pick a minor or concentration, we are available to assist you.

Contents

  1. What is Career Counseling?
  2. Testing
  3. Career Resources
  4. Group Experiences
  5. Unsure of Next Steps?
  6. Meet with Program Coordinator or Career Counselor?

What is Career Counseling?

  • A place to explore factors that contribute to career choice including interests, abilities, personality, and values.
  • You will meet individually with a career counselor during your intake appointment.
  • You and your counselor will collaborate to generate ideas for majors and/or career path options.
  • You can expect to review written and on-line resources to help you make a satisfying decision.
  • Career counseling may include referral to on campus resources to support your academic success.
  • Call 585-475-2301 to set up your initial intake appointment and ask for career counseling.
  • There is no additional cost for RIT students and alumni.

Career Counseling is an excellent way to address issues such as:

What are my talents?
What do I love to do?
What careers match my interests?
Which major is best for me?
What can I do with my major?
How can I make a difference in the world?

Can I take a test that will tell me what to do?

We offer vocational assessment, which can help generate ideas and suggest occupations that are well-suited for your personality and interests.

If you and your counselor agree that vocational assessment would be helpful, you will schedule an appointment for the test administration and another to review the results with your counselor.

What career resources are available?

We have resources available to all students, even if they are not working with a counselor.

  1. Career Resource Center
    Located in the office reception area, it contains occupational and educational information.
  2. Online Career Resources
    Includes links to:
    • Occupational information
    • Career Self-Assessment
    • Educational information
    • RIT Program information
    • Graduate School information

What group experiences are available?

Each academic term, we offer a four session workshop for students contemplating a change of major each semester.

Participation in the group includes career assessment.

Unsure of Next Steps?

I’m not sure where to go. What should I do?

If you are not sure if career counseling is the right place for your questions, don’t worry. It is never the wrong place to go. We will help get you to the place that can best meet your needs and answer your questions.

Meet with Program Coordinator or Career Counselor?

Talk with a career counselor in the RIT Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services if:

  • You are confused about what majors of occupational paths you should consider.
  • You think you want to change majors, but are uncertain about options that might be a good fit for you.
  • You want to do career related assessment (interest and personality inventories) to help generate career path ideas. 
  • You want assistance finding relevant occupational information on websites and in books.
  • You would like to discuss your ideas in an individual, confidential setting.
  • You aren’t sure where to start in the career exploration process.

Talk with your program coordinator in the RIT Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services if:

  • You want to find a coop job or a full-time job after you graduate.
  • You want help with the job search process: resume writing, interviewing, and ways to find jobs to apply to.
  • You want to prepare for a job fair.
  • You want to know about the types of jobs that coop students and graduates in your major get.
  • You want information about the salaries of RIT graduates in your major.
  • You would like to talk with an RIT graduate in a career field that you are interested in.