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Potsdam Prepared: Spring 2022 Updates

Explore Your Path

Enhancement of your professional journey starts right here at Career Services through courses, personality assessments, and individualized career coaching appointments. Students are encouraged to make contact with Career Services early and often to access resources, prepare for internships or job opportunities, and articulate their applied learning experiences through a resume, cover letter, interview, and professional correspondence.


Career Services offers credit-bearing courses that allow students to explore, plan, and prepare for their future career.

Freshmen and Sophomores FY 215: Major and Career Exploration
This course is designed to assist students in the exploration of majors and careers. It focuses on methods to design and implement long and short-term career goals and maximize career readiness and success. The course will include and utilize career development theory to aid students in understanding their own career exploration and planning processes. Students will be exposed to a variety of assessments, activities, and discussion topics. Sessions will focus on career and life management skills to prepare students to make sound decisions about their future. This 1 credit course is offered in the Fall and Spring.

Juniors and Seniors APLE 470: Career Development Strategies
This course allows students to set objectives, research occupations and graduate schools, identify industry outlooks, and delve into their career interests. It is designed to assist students in making informed vocational and educational decisions and help increase their self-marketability. This upper-division course is particularly aimed at Juniors and Seniors who are prepared to examine the depths of their desired careers and devise strategies to attain career goals. It is open to students from an array of disciplines. This 1 credit course is offered in the Fall and Spring.

Personality Assessment

Career assessments can help you explore majors and careers that align with your personality, interests, and values. You may discover information about yourself that shapes your future career. Check out these free assessments! You are encouraged to book an appointment with a career coach on Handshake to support your career exploration.

Focus 2
This online assessment helps you assess, explore, and make decisions. In addition, it offers opportunities to research careers and SUNY Potsdam majors that match your work interests, skills, values, and preferences. After you complete the assessment, book an appointment with a career coach on Handshake to review results and create an action plan.

ACCESS CODE: when registering use the access code bears.


Need help with how to access and navigate Focus2? Check out this video from our Career Services Director for detailed instructions. 

Instructions for Focus 2

This online assessment identifies your top five talents to assist you in maximizing your full potential and achieving academic, career, and personal success. Book an appointment with a career coach on Handshake to get access.

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Career Coaching

When students meet with a career coach early in their college career, they will be well on their way to develop a plan that strengthens their academic experience through exploration, skill development, and job or graduate school preparation.

Examples of services offered through career coaching:

  • Career and Major Exploration
  • Personality Assessment Reflection and Goal Setting
  • Resume and Cover Letter Critiques
  • Tips on Networking
  • Interview Prep and Mock Interviews
  • Job/Internship Search Strategies and Tools
  • Graduate School Application Assistance
  • Personal Branding/LinkedIn Advice
  • Professional Development Resources

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