Build your Connections
Getting connected is key in your career journey. There are tons of people and places you can can get connected into to gain insight, tools and resources as you build your own career path. Some of these include: career advisors, professors, your peers, classmates, colleagues, and more! Think creatively: what groups are you already a part of? How might you leverage those already existing connections to as you plan for your future career?
Connect to SSU Alumni
As you build connections, in person and through LinkedIn, you increase your opportunities to learn about internships and jobs. You can connect with SSU alumni on LinkedIn in our new LinkedIn Flash Mentoring Group. Use this group to expand your professional network by asking general or specific career questions, request an informational interview, and learning how SSU alumni got to where they are today. Who better to learn from than someone who has navigated a similar path to you?
Connect to Employers and Jobs
Handshake is the primary job search tool for SSU students and alumni. With Handshake, users can apply to various job and internship opportunities both on and off-campus. Discover hundreds of available career opportunities that are being updated daily! Jobs posted on Handshake are filtered by Career Center staff to ensure only the most valuable and legitimate opportunities for students. Handshake is always free for all SSU students and alumni.
For Students: To login, go to: https://sonoma.joinhandshake.com/ and register using your SSU email address. You will gain access to hundreds of personalized job recommendations based on your major and interests.
For Employers: Employers and recruiters can post jobs directly on Handshake by registering at: https://joinhandshake.com/employers/
Looking for ways to gain professional experience while engaging in hands on learning? Internships are a great way to do that! Internships are mutually beneficial in that students can apply what they have learned in the classroom to the work environment, and employers gain additional support and resources. Internships can be paid, or unpaid, but when they are unpaid, students can gain academic credit/units. Internships have many benefits for students:
- Build real world, relevant, professional experience
- Apply what you've learned in the classroom to the professional world of work
- Gain insight into your current career path - is this work right for you? Is it similar or different than you thought it would be?
- Build your professional network - you will meet colleagues, supervisors, and mentors in your industry area or career path