Cornell University

Office of Career Services

201 Ives Hall, 607-255-7816

Getting Started

The ILR Office of Career Services follows a career development process that can be broken down into three basic steps:


Our office's resources, programs, events, and advising assistance can guide you through these three steps.

The Importance of Knowing Yourself

Knowing your abilities and understanding what is important to you in a work setting and career are crucial first steps in making a decision that will help assure satisfaction in your work life. Your goal is to identify career fields that relate to and make the best use of your interests, values, and strengths.

The Importance of Seeking Assistance

Whether you are exploring an ILR-related field, a field outside of the "traditional" ILR fields, or are undecided about your career, it can be helpful to enlist the help of others. Alumni, faculty, and the staff in Career Services can aid you in the process.

Assessing Your Values and Interests

A variety of services and resources to support students in assessing their values and interests are available in both ILR's Office of Career Services and Cornell Career Services. Our goal is to help you identify the skills and resources that you will use to establish productive, successful, and satisfying work lives. It is a good idea to download and complete the Worksheet for Identifying Interests, Values, and Strengths as a starting point. We also have Career Exploration Resources available online for more extensive career exploration. After working through these materials, you may be ready to begin to explore options in specific career fields.

Advising and Counseling

Advisors in the ILR Office of Career Services are available to assist you as you begin your career exploration and throughout your career development process. We strongly encourage you to either schedule an appointment or take advantage of our walk-in hours. In addition, you may benefit from a more comprehensive assessment of your interests and skills by working with a career counselor in Cornell Career Services.