When should my student begin to utilize the Fleishman Career Center?
It is never too early for students to take advantage of the services offered by the Fleishman Career Center. We encourage students to visit the office during their first year to discover the variety of services offered. The Fleishman Career Center can help with choosing a major, exploring career options and making decisions. The Fleishman Center's Passport to Career Success suggests steps students should take to help advance their career during each year of study.
What can my student do with a liberal arts major?
With the proper experience, skills and planning, a student can enter many career fields with any major. While some employers do prefer certain majors, many will consider a candidate with any major who has the skills and experience they seek. It is important to look at the total educational experience rather than expecting one's major alone to provide career preparation. If a student majors in a topic they enjoy, they tend to be a better student and thus obtain good grades. Outside of the classroom, it is important for students to test and develop their transferable skills that will make them more marketable to employers.
What if my student doesn't like the major they've chosen?
Many students change their mind regarding their majors. If your student is pursuing a particular major and realizes it is not a good fit, encourage him/her to talk to a career counselor in the Fleishman Career Center who can help evaluate options and explore other majors.
Can I visit and/or meet with a career consultant to discuss my student's career options?
We are happy to provide parents and family members with information regarding our services and resources. However, a university student needs to assume responsibility for his/her own career development and decisions, and take the necessary steps to obtain assistance. Please let your student know that consultants in the Fleishman Center will be happy to meet to discuss career concerns.
May I attend a career consulting appointment with my student?
College students have reached the stage in their lives when they need to take over as the managers of their careers. It is in their best interest to speak and act on their own behalf at appointments, job fairs or job interviews. While we understand you want to help, refrain from going too far in your efforts. This could hurt your student's prospects.
Where can I find information on career events taking place at Binghamton University?
All Fleishman Center workshops, fairs, events and programs can be found here. Students can access the list of employer recruiting events (i.e. application deadlines, interviews or information sessions) through their hireBING accounts.
Does the Fleishman Center help students find internships?
Yes. The Fleishman Center has various resources to help students research internship opportunities. hireBING, an on-line connection between Binghamton University students, alumni and employers for jobs and internships, is available to all matriculated students. Employers post both paid and unpaid internship opportunities in hireBING.
Annually, more than 1,000 students participate in the Fleishman Center's Academic Internship Program. There are also several other internship search engines as well as resources to aid in the internship search online here.
What help is available if my student can't decide on a major?
The Fleishman Center offers a variety of resources to assist students when choosing a major. In addition to online resources and self-assessment tools, students can meet with Fleishman career consultants to discuss possible majors relative to their interests. Majors do not need to be declared until the end of the sophomore year. The first two years can be utilized by your student to determine which major is the best possible fit.
What can my student do to enhance his/her chances of finding a good job?
There are many things students can do to increase their chances of finding a good job. First, is to choose a major they enjoy and in which they can excel. Next, is to gain marketable and relevant experience through volunteer work, internships, extracurricular activities and classroom projects. Encourage your student to visit the Fleishman Career Center for help with resume and cover letter preparation, as well as to ensure he/she is utilizing all available services. Lastly, networking is extremely important. The more contacts a student has, the better the chance of getting a foot through the door. Introduce your student to contacts in your own network and encourage utilization of the Binghamton University Alumni Association Professional Network on LinkedIn.
How important is GPA when looking for a job?
Good question. Many employers use GPA as a screening tool for entry-level positions, especially in competitive fields. Some employers use GPA cutoffs in considering applicants. Other employers stress the student's overall background, including factors such as: work or internship experience, leadership activities, etc. The best candidates are typically ones who have challenged themselves, communicate well, present themselves professionally, have a positive attitude, and are genuinely interested in the career field.