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Career Research for Whitman Majors Including Vault and WetFeet Guides

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The development of your personal career plan takes time and energy, and the Whitman Career Center offers programming and resources that assist you in understanding your skill sets and where those qualities fit within different career paths. The Career Center has created career education and professional development programming that fits your personal learning preference. From a mywhitman.syr.edu's Career Center site that offers a career workbook, links to interesting career reading, and access to national vendors (such as Vault’s Career Insider) to targeted workshops and personal coaching sessions, you have the opportunity to acquire the knowledge you need to create a successful career plan. Our focus is the development of skills you will use for a lifetime in managing your career.

Visit the career library in Whitman's Career Center Suite 115 to review or check out a book to explore your area of interest, or schedule an appointment through Handshake with a Career Counselor to meet one-on-one to discuss your career goals.

Log into Vault and WetFeet (using your syr.edu e-mail) for industry career research and information for the following majors: 

Accounting

Entrepreneurship

Finance

Management

Marketing Management

Real Estate

Retail Management

Supply Chain

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Hiring Timeline

Don’t miss the boat! Most career opportunities are recruited sooner than you think. Below is a general timeline for the various processes. Please note that opportunities are available at other times, but the majority fall under this timing.

Full-Time Opportunities
As soon as the fall semester begins, the full-time hiring process is underway. Be sure to return to campus with your resume and cover letter polished and your list of target companies in hand. Companies will often host "Welcome Back" events as soon as the semester starts. In mid to late September, career workshops are available to help you prepare for Career Fair Week in late September/early October and on-campus interviews in October. Most full-time deadlines are within the first two months of school, so be sure you’re on top of your game and ready to impress. Full-time offers are generally extended by the end of fall semester after second round interviews have been conducted off campus at corporate offices.

Internships
Just as full-time hiring gets underway as soon as the fall semester begins, so does internship hiring for selected roles. Additionally, internship and full-time recruiting continues into the spring semester.

All majors and disciplines—except for accounting—generally seek applications in the January/February timeframe and will have most of their on-campus interviews completed by spring break in March. It is a good idea to leave campus at the end of fall semester with a solid plan in place for executing your internship search. Seek out the assistance of the Whitman Career Center team to successfully launch your search.

If you’re seeking an accounting internship, you should have your search process underway in the fall. The timeline generally follows the same one as the full-time process, wrapping up by the end of the semester. Please also note that most CPA accounting firms are seeking interns after the fourth/senior year as they anticipate students will return to school for a fifth year to complete a master’s degree to meet the 150-hour requirement for New York state CPA licensure.

Graduate School
Depending on the program you are applying for, you will find that applications are often considered in rounds, with the first deadline often being in November for the following academic year; so, just like with the job search process, it is to your benefit to be working at least one year in advance with your planning. You will usually find out if you have been admitted approximately within one month after the application deadline. Final deadlines are often in April, but you should consult the specific programs you are interested in to be sure you don’t miss out on important steps in the process. You should also plan your timeline so that you have ample time to prepare for and take the GMAT or other required graduate school entrance exams.

Career Search While Studying Abroad
The experience of studying abroad can greatly enhance the business knowledge and life experience that you can bring to a company. Keep in mind that you still must generally follow the timelines noted above—even while abroad—to obtain the opportunity you are seeking. Some companies will be willing to work with you while you are abroad to conduct interviews via video conferencing, however other companies will require an in-person meeting and may or may not be able to alter their hiring timeline to accommodate you. Please keep this in mind when planning your time abroad and know that there are some opportunities you may be missing as a result of not being on campus. Online resources such as Handshake, mywhitman.syr.edu, and email communications should still be widely used while you are out of the country, and the Whitman Career Center team is still available to assist you at any time.