Career Development

Helping you plan your future

Planning for success...however you define it

Do you dream of starting your own business, or becoming a professor and inspiring others? Do you want to work for an NGO and change the world or improve people's lives through health-care discoveries? Maybe you think you'd make a great government leader, lawyer, philosopher, economist, or computer scientist. Maybe you're not sure of your path, but you have some subjects that really interest you.

The Arts & Sciences Career Development Center is your first stop for advice on careers, internships or graduate school. We specialize in helping liberal arts students determine career objectives and market their skills to employers. 

Career development advisers are here to help. It's never too early to start thinking about your future.

Get Started Today

  • Make an appointment with the A&S Career Development Center: as_careers@cornell.edu or 607-255-4166. Office hours are 8-4:30 M-F. We're temporarily located at 248 East Ave. (between Lincoln and Goldwin Smith halls).
  • Register with Handshake and update your profile to receive emails about events and opportunities.
  • We are happy to assist young alumni (0-5 years out) with career planning. Contact us to schedule a phone appointment. 

By the Numbers

350 new courses added every year

Try not to be intimidated by the plethora of (dauntingly) intelligent people that surround you; have confidence in yourself and don't be discouraged to pursue the opportunities that come your way.

1175 Graduate Students

Career Fields

Business (General)

Your liberal arts degree is the perfect fit for a multitude of different careers in the general field of business. Business professionals work in healthcare, finance, entertainment, retail marketing, sales, real estate, and restaurants, among other sectors. You could have a job as an accountant, actuary, marketer, sales manager, economist, human resource professional, broker or advisor.

Career Resources

Jobs

  • Tax consultant, Ernst & Young
  • Outreach specialist, REI

Consulting

Consultants act as “advisors,” providing knowledge, solving business problems, and suggesting solutions and recommendations. While most students think of management consulting, there are also many boutique consulting firms that specialize in specific industries such as human resources, marketing, economics, politics, technology, and healthcare. Securing a consulting job or internship usually involves participating in case interviews.

 

Career Resources

Jobs

  • Consultant, Navigant Consulting

Government

If you’re intrigued by politics, government, or history, or want to effect change on a local, national or international level, you might consider a career in government. Government jobs exist in finance, public relations, technology, human resources, communications, and almost every other area you can imagine. There are also opportunities for international work and collaboration with nonprofit organizations.

Career Resources

Jobs

  • Assistant Professor of Public Administration, Marist College,
  • Political and economic policy diplomat for African affairs in the Obama administration

Journalism & Publishing

As a liberal arts graduate, your writing and communication skills are one of your strongest assets. Positions in media and communications can involve providing written, spoken and multimedia content for websites, television and radio stations, social media, or print publications in places as diverse as businesses, news organizations, educational institutions, nonprofit groups, and government agencies.

Career Resources

Jobs

  • News Assistant, CNN
  • Freelance Psychology Writer, PsychCentral.com

Research

If your experience as an undergrad researcher leaves you wanting more, you might consider finding a research position in academics, government or the private sector. Your skills in science, math and social science, as well as writing, analysis and critical thinking, will be much sought-after as a researcher. You could start as a research assistant and analyst in areas as broad as biotechnology, environmental, psychology, and sociology and move on to leadership positions on research teams.

Career Resources

Jobs

  • Clinical Research Coordinator, Rothman Institute
  • Principle Investigator, Mars Exploration Rovers Project

Banking & Financial Services

Careers in banking can vary widely in two main areas — investment banking and commercial banking. Careers in investment banking can involve helping corporations or governments manage funding needs, working with stocks and bonds, or helping individual investors manage their portfolios. Commercial bankers work with businesses and individuals to manage deposits and make loans. Other finance careers involve hedge funds, venture capital, or private equity and require the same skill sets as banking.

Career Resources

Jobs

  • Investment Banker, Citigroup
  • Analyst, Deutsche Bank

Environment & Sustainability

There are many ways you can incorporate environmental sustainability into a career. You can work for organizations of many sizes and types including those dedicated to environmental sustainability, green education, green energy, government regulation, natural sciences, and alternative agriculture.

Career Resources

Jobs

  • Development Assistant, Environmental Advocates of New York
  • Field Organizer, Green Corps

Marketing, Advertising & PR

Every business and organization needs a way to communicate what they do, which is where marketing and public relations enter the picture. As a marketer, advertising agent or public relations professional, you could work in the areas of services, products, non-profit organizations, business-to-business, media or direct to consumer. As a public relations specialist, you would work closely with members of the media, provide print and web pieces and could also act as a spokesperson for a company or individual.

Career Resources

Jobs

  • Public Relations Account Coordinator, Weber Shandwick
  • Event Planner/Newsletter Writer, Flex Your Power California

Public Policy

Public policy professionals work in government at the local, state, and national level, in think tanks, and in nonprofit and advocacy groups. As the title implies, they attempt to shape policies, often by influencing the legislature. To do so, they conduct research, write reports and recommendations, evaluate existing policies and programs, and propose new ones. They work with stakeholders inside and outside the government to build support for their policy recommendations and to anticipate opposition.

Career Resources

Jobs

  • Management and Policy Analyst, NASA
  • Political and Economic Policy Diplomat, African Affairs

Art & Design

If your interests lie in art, multimedia, design, or the history of art, many creative careers are possible. You could work as an archivist or curator at a museum; design products, websites, clothing, or packaging; or work as a fine artist or designer on your own or with a firm.

Career Resources

Jobs

  • Special Project Archival Technician, New York City Department of Records and Information Services
  • Senior Administrator, Phillips de Pury & Company

Entrepreneurship

Do you enjoy using your talents in a variety of ways? Are you looking for a job where you will take on new challenges and learn new skills almost daily? Consider working for a start-up or established small business. Be an agent of change for the greater good by launching a career in social entrepreneurship.

 

Career Resources

Jobs

  • Sales team, Spring Into Action
  • Chemist, e2e Materials

Law

A law degree (J.D. or Juris Doctor) can lead to a wide range of law-related careers and can open doors to opportunities in government, business, higher education, communications, nonprofit organizations, and other fields. People who work in the legal field are strong writers, speakers, and critical thinkers, all qualities you are developing here in Arts & Sciences. For more information, visit our law careers page.

Career Resources

Jobs

  • Contracts Assistant, Scholastic Inc.
  • Trial Preparation Assistant, New York County District Attorney's Office

Nonprofit/Social Services

Nonprofit or social service organizations focus on everything from human services to environmental concerns to animal welfare. If you have a strong desire for service, there are numerous careers using your skills in science, psychology, communications, politics, policy creation, or numerous other areas.

Career Resources

Jobs

  • Grantmaking Fellow, Jewish Funds for Justice
  • Program Coordinator, Women's City Club of New York

Technology

Information Technology is a field touching every area of our lives. Careers in this area involve every aspect of managing and processing information. As an IT professional, you would develop, design, manage, and support software and hardware, or work with complex networks. You could be a programmer, network designer, user experience designer, mathematician, database manager, or statistician, among other positions.

 

Career Resources

Jobs

  • Software Developer, Information Builders
  • Project Manager, Epic Systems

Entertainment & Media

A number of careers are available if you see yourself providing cultural, entertainment or recreation opportunities for people. You could become a performer, television producer, filmmaker, camera operator, audio or video editor or technician, work for an amusement company like Disney, help people as a fitness trainer, work for a sporting enterprise or pursue other careers related to the ways people spend their leisure time.

Career Resources

Jobs

  • Filmmaker, PhotoSynthesis Productions
  • Acquisitions assistant in the television Industry

Education & Teaching

No matter your field of study, a career in education can be a rewarding choice, whether you’re interested in working with younger children, college students or adults. Careers can include teaching, counseling, advising, or educational administration.

Career Resources

Jobs

  • Outdoor Education Instructor, Treasure Island
  • Chancellor, District of Columbia Public Schools

Health

The field of healthcare continues to be one of the nation’s fastest-growing careers. Opportunities in this area are varied and numerous. From providing direct care as a physician, pharmacist, or audiologist, to working in a lab or providing support through finance, management, or safety services, you can combine technical and human relation skills in this field. Healthcare also encompasses the field of public health, where you can help communities by improving their health and well-being. Visit our health careers website for more detailed information.

Career Resources

Jobs

  • Clinical Research Assistant, Children's Hospital of Boston, Harvard Medical School
  • Patient Advocate, AmeriCorps

As a freshman, don't worry about those graduation requirements. You are a freshman and if you don't take some classes you like this semester, it is possible that you won't take them ever. First year is a year for you to explore and once you enjoy yourself, those requirements will eventually take care of themselves.

- Kaiwen Zheng '18

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