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 located in our new office in 172 Goldwin Smith Hall.
  • 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

100% of faculty members teach and advise undergraduates

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.

> $35,500 Average need-based scholarship/grant award

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

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.

- Patrick O'Neill '16

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