Every student at Southern has an individual and unique career journey. From securing employment, to gaining admission to graduate or professional school, or becoming an entrepreneur, each career path takes a defined approach. To provide our students with a comprehensive and tailored approach, the Office of Career and Professional Development offers an array of career exploration and navigation services to ensure major and career success.
Discover Your Options
Southern students have access to Focus, a web-based self-assessment tool designed to assist students in exploring possible majors or career paths. Learn about Focus.
Connect with Staff
Meet one-on-one with an OCPD staff member to explore career paths, internships and experiential learning opportunities, and other areas for career success. Students can schedule an appointment through SSC Campus.
Take advantage of our online job board available to students and recent alumni looking for full-time or part-time work, co-ops, internships, on-campus student employment, or volunteer opportunities. Log into JOBSs.
Download Our Career Guide
Whether you are a freshman or a senior, the Career Advising Student Handbook will help you navigate your journey from college to career. Use the Four Year Career Planning Guide to stay on track with career planning activities such as choosing a major, getting career related experience with co-ops or internships, and beginning your first professional job search. In addition, you will find a 5-step plan to help you choose a major, tips to help you with your job search, interviewing strategies, and samples to help you with creating your resume, cover letter, and post interview thank you letters.
Attend our various events throughout the year. View all events.
- Ongoing Events: On-Campus Interviewing Program, Informational Recruitment Tables, Workshops/Presentations. Visit JOBSs for more information!
Job Opportunities Benefiting Southern Students (JOBSs) is an online job board available to students and recent alumni looking for full-time or part-time work, co-ops, internships, and on-campus student employment, or volunteer opportunities. Learn about JOBSs.
Working part-time while attending college has many benefits, including learning the expectations of the workplace, improving your time management skills, and developing other abilities necessary for success after you graduate. Besides providing online job listings through JOBSs and assisting with your part-time job search, the Office of Career & Professional Development collaborates with the Office of Financial Aid to facilitate the Federal Work Study Program. Learn about student employment at Southern.
Job Postings Guidelines and Tips
An important aspect of the job search process is determining appropriate employers and job postings. Career Services makes every effort to review the appropriateness of jobs before posting, but site users are urged to select job sites carefully, validate job postings, use caution and common sense when applying for positions, and be alert to fraudulent postings.
The following are some guidelines and tips that students should employ to avoid applying for dubious jobs:
- Closely monitor positions that have been posted on a Saturday or Sunday; scams generally occur over the weekend
- Be concerned if you must give your credit card or bank account numbers or copies of personal documents but you get nothing in writing
- A red flag should rise if you must send payment by wire service or courier
- It is not reasonable for an employer to offer you a large payment or reward in exchange for allowing the use of your bank account - especially for depositing checks or transferring money
- Question the receipt of an unexpectedly large check
Globaltarget.com via World Privacy Forum offers the following job search safety tips as key indicators of job scams:
- Never give physical details about eye color, height, hair color, etc.
- Be suspicious if a company asks for your Social Security Number via email
- A company less than one year old should be thoroughly researched
- Use caution if the website for the company indicated by the sender's email address does not exist or is "under construction"
- A check of the domain name of the company in www.domainwhitepages.com gives highly contradictory information
- At times, notably poor spelling throughout a job ad can tip you off that there may be a problem, especially when found in conjunction with other factors such as no website, etc.
Jobs in Connecticut
- Connecticut Job & Career ConneCTion: The CT Dept. of Labor is your number one source for finding a job in Connecticut.
- CTJobs: This site has hundreds of job listings in Connecticut.
- Connecticut Association of Nonprofits: Search this employment database for nonprofit job openings or for general information on nonprofit organizations.
- CTREAP: Connecticut Regional Applicant and Placement Program is an online application program for educators, using internet technology. Teachers and administrators seeking positions in the State of Connecticut are invited to post an application. Candidates are also able to find out about openings via the postings placed online by the school districts.
- Tri-State Jobs: Search for jobs in Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey.
- JobsInCT: How Connecticut gets to work; search jobs and company profiles and also find job search tools such as a salary wizard and job search advice.
General Job Websites
- 100+ Job Boards for Job Seekers: A compiled a list of 106 of the absolute best job boards.
- Beyond.com: World's Largest Network of Niche Career Communities
- Career Builder: Search jobs based on category or location.
- CareerRookie.com: Search engine designed for current students and recent graduates.
- Collegegrad.com: Designed for entry-level job seekers.
- CollegeHelpers: Designed to maximize the benefits of the internet by creating a user interface that is simple and straightforward for students and employers.
- Collegerecruiter: Job search site designed for recent graduates and alumni seeking career opportunities.
- Hound.com: Webcrawler that allows you to search multiple company web sites based on location, keyword, or company name.
- Indeed.com: Simple search engine where you can enter a keyword and location and view thousands of jobs.
- Job Web: Features a well-organized index of career guides and job listings.
- Monster.com: On-line job site.
- WomensJoblist.com: Created to give employers a tool to promote diversity and inclusion within their workplaces and to provide job seekers with easy access to those companies.
- Simplyhired.com: An online employment search engine dedicated to making searching for positions simple and effective.
Internship and Volunteer Opportunities
- Internships.com: One of the largest database of internships and entry-level jobs. Students can access more than 190K internships from 115K companies all over the country for free!
- Coolworks: Volunteer opportunities for those in search of adventure.
- Idealist.org: Resource for volunteer opportunities, Employer and Non-profit organizations.
- Rising Star Internships: Search for an exciting internship in your major, post your resume, or check out the latest internship postings.
- Special Olympics of Connecticut: Find information on how to volunteer for Special Olympics and become part of a unique program.
- United Way of Connecticut: Information on volunteering with the United Way
- The Connecticut Humane Society: Assist an animal shelter with general animal care or help find loving homes.
- The Connection Inc. Various volunteer opportunities available.
- The Washington Center: Offers general internship opportunities in a variety of academic and professional areas in our nation's capitol.
- Women Make Movies: Internships available to learn the workings of Independent Film distribution at Women Make Movies. Internships are available in Marketing, Publicity, Graphic Production, Filmmaker Services, Media Workshop, Distribution, or Administrative.
- AmeriCorps: A nationwide service program that provides thousands of Americans of all ages and backgrounds with education awards in exchange for a year or two of community service.
- FBI: Browse through the exciting job opportunities at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
- Leadership Institute: The Leadership Institute's free Intern Placement Service will help you find the best internship and employment opportunities in Washington, D.C.
- U.S.A. Jobs: The U.S. Government's official site for jobs and employment information provided by the United States Office of Personnel Management.
Seasonal or Temporary Employment
- Snagajob.com: Complete listing of part-time and hourly jobs in your area.
- Summerjobs.com: An excellent site for anyone who wants to work in Connecticut for the summer.
- Campstaff.com: A one-stop destination for information about thousands of job openings at approximately 300 of America's best summer camps.
- PayScale: Get information about a job's salary and offers limited access to salary reports in selected professions.
Jobs Outside the United States
- Canadian Careers: A site for people that want to work in Canada. Includes a Canadian jobs database, a career site of the day, and a large collection of links.
- Council Exchange: With CIEE's world of opportunity you can work abroad, join a student exchange, volunteer overseas, or teach English in a foreign country
- International Monster: Job Search Search for jobs by international location or region.
- Overseas Jobs: A great resource for anyone looking for a job internationally, with more than 700 links to employment resources in more than 40 countries and regions.
- Indeed.com: Simple search engine where you can enter a keyword and location and view thousands of jobs. Also see the featured countries listed on the bottom of their homepage!
Get the skills and training you need.
Get the skills and training needed for high-demand, high-quality careers right here in Connecticut.
CareerConneCT is for everyone. Whether you’re looking to get back into the workforce, advance your career, start a new career, or get your first job. CareerConneCT offers skilling, reskilling, and upskilling in growing industries. Depending upon your needs and interests, you can participate in certificate training programs and earn industry-recognized credentials in as little as 5 to 12 weeks and get connected to employers ready to hire you right away!
To get started, you will need to complete 3 simple steps:
Create an account on the CareerConneCT portal and complete the intake form
Complete a brief skills inventory
Work with your assigned CareerConneCT coach to enroll in a training program that is right for you
If eligible, all training programs are at no cost and provide supportive services such as childcare, transportation, and technology. See Eligibility Information