You provide us with the information necessary to develop your career plan. We use a variety of instruments to accomplish this. They include a self-assessment and career exploration guide; a career interests survey, which you will fill out in your first year; a second-year individual development plan, which will inventory your interests, strengths and weaknesses and the organizations you are targeting; and a top five strengths exercise, which will help you identify suitable positions and give you a career direction.
Cornell Career Services may also be a resource you want to explore. The office can provide such additional self-assessments as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.
We help take your résumé from good to great and assist you in tailoring different versions of it to the specific jobs you are seeking. Then we collect one of your résumés, which conforms to a template based on best practices, and present it on your behalf to employers looking for your skills.
Building a wide network is the best way to land your dream job. CIPA hosts career networking events in Washington, D.C., and New York City for positions in the private, public, nonprofit NGO and international development sectors. We also maintain an official CIPA LinkedIn site for current students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of CIPA. In addition, we encourage you to attend the Cornell Careers Services Fair, the All Ivy Environmental Sustainable Development Career Fair and the Cornell Nonprofit and Government Career Fair. Check the events calendar for further details.
Sometimes you do everything you’re supposed to do and still hit a brick wall. It’s time to do some relationship building with an informational interview. We can explain how to get started, identify what you want to learn, whom you should target and other skills that will get you back on track.