How RIT Can Help You Find the Right Career Path

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How RIT Can Help You Find the Right Career Path

Choosing what you want to do every day for the rest of your life is kind of daunting, especially when you are investing a lot of money into it. For those who are having trouble figuring things out, RIT is there to support incoming college students, their current students, and alumni that need a little guidance; and here’s how:

Incoming College Students

The 28th annual College & Careers program is coming up this summer. For those of you that don’t know, this program is a great opportunity for students entering their senior year of high school. It is a two day career conference on both July 20th-21st and August 3rd-4th. The high school students attend four academic sessions of their preference to explore different fields of work to “have the knowledge necessary to start making career decisions”.

College and Careers is a fun filled weekend for rising high school seniors to uncover life as a college student and discover all that RIT has to offer. The high school students attend four academic sessions of their preference to explore different fields of work to “have the knowledge necessary to start making career decisions”. These sessions are hands on and utilize the great facilities and equipment we have here at RIT. Students can also befriend other students who share similar passions. The opportunity is perfect for students to learn about different majors and experience college from a unique perspective.

There are also sessions for parents that provide information on “the college search process, financial aid and more”. Along with these events, there is also a campus tour, an admissions presentation, and an RIT student panel.

To learn more about this program visit the College & Careers program website.careers

Current College Students

Are you in college and unsure of what you want to major in? No problem. RIT has a lot of different majors, so you have a lot of different things to choose from! RIT has a great University Studies program. When you start at RIT, this program gives you the opportunity to take classes in a bunch of different subjects. On top of this ‘general’ exploratory program, RIT also offers explorations in certain colleges. For example, if you know you want to go into business, you can take on their Undeclared Business Exploration, that would expose you to different majors in the business world. Through this process, RIT faculty and staff provide guidance to students while they figure things out. Students can participate in these programs for a full year before having to pick a major.

Check out all the different exploration programs RIT offers here

Alumni

Finding the right career after you’ve graduated is just as hard as finding the right major. However, RIT has an Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education that is here to help. Their mission is “to provide effective, high-quality services to RIT students and alumni that empower them to succeed in obtaining employment appropriate to their career objectives and personal goals.” They offer personalized career advisement, personalized career coaching services, and more. Check out their website!

The Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education will help you find careers all over the place, but the right career for you might be at RIT! A lot of people think that their time in college has to be over once they graduate, however Career Zone, a division of the Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education helps students and alumni find opportunities within the university that are perfect for their interests. It is definitely something to consider, being that RIT has over 200 career oriented and professional programs – it definitely isn’t a bad place to pursue your passions. Check out Career Zone’s website here.

RIT wants their students to find their passions and be happy with their career decisions, so they are more than happy to provide career guidance to anyone who needs it. If you’re feeling lost, definitely check out these programs – they are tailored specifically to everyone’s interests and needs. Good luck with your search, Tigers!

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RIT’s annual career fairs, in the Spring and Fall, brings over 250 companies to campus. Over 4,000 students and alumni attend the event which is followed by interview day.
Shayna is a Graphic Design major and is pursuing a minor in Advertising and PR. Outside of writing for Behind the Bricks, Shayna binge watches Netflix and plays on the RIT Women’s Tennis Team.

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