Welcome First Year Students!
Your first year at Mercy College is guaranteed to be an exciting one! Making new friends, exploring different majors and taking your first real steps toward achieving your career goals are some of the new opportunities ahead of you.
As a first year student, here are some suggestions to help you EXPLORE:
Explore Yourself and Careers
FOCUS 2 is a career exploration tool that you may use throughout college and after. FOCUS 2 can assist you in making decisions about career goals and education plans. You can use this to clarify your values and interests, or to explore majors and career fields.
Two additional sites to get you started:
Explore Majors & Careers
Choosing a major is an important decision that all college students must make and the Career Team is here to help!
Click here to learn about majors and careers
Join a Career Community
Career Communities bring together students who want to work in similar career areas. By joining one or more communities in Handshake, students will hear from their career community leader about events, internships, resources, and advice specifically for their career interests. As a community, they will have opportunities to talk with each other, with their career coach, and learn to connect with employers and alumni from their areas of interest.
Join a Club
Besides academics, internships, and work experience, employers look for extracurricular activities and leadership. Start exploring Mercy College clubs and activities, and sports teams. This is also a great way to make new friends!
Create Your Professional Resume
If you do not already have a resume, it is time to create one. You will need a professional resume for any internships or jobs to which you apply. See your PACT mentor or a Career Coach for assistance. We are happy to help you!
Learn to Use Handshake
Mercy College’s Handshake system is your online gateway to a host of tools and resources that will be of value to you throughout your college career and beyond. Through Handshake, you will gain free and exclusive access to full-time and part-time job and internship opportunities specifically targeting members of the Mercy College community.
Find a Summer Experience
Consider finding a position that will give you valuable work experience and perhaps provide you with an opportunity to learn about a career field that interests you. Employers love to see work experience on a resume.
Here are some resources to help: