OCC’s Career Services Office will host a Part-Time Job Fair for all students Thursday, August 29 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Gordon Student Center Great Room. Students will have the opportunity to apply for part-time positions both on and off campus. Students should dress professionally and bring a resume if they have one.

The Career Sevices Office provides students with a variety of employment related services year round including resume and cover letter review, job searching and interview preparation, career exploration, job shadowing and internship opportunities. Students interested in attending the Part-Time Job Fair can access a list of participating employers through Purple Briefcase, OCC’s online career portal and job board. Employment opportunities are regularly posted on Purple Briefcase throughout the year as well.

The Career Services Offices is located in Coulter Hall, room C110. If you enter Coulter through the main entrance, the Career Center is on your immediate right. You can contact the Career Services office by email at careerservices@sunyocc.edu or by phone at (315) 498-2585.

Backpack To Briefcase

Onondaga Community College will host its Experience to Job Fair on Wednesday, April 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the SRC Arena and Events Center. Over 70 companies from across Central New York will bring job offerings, internships and volunteer placement opportunities to OCC students and alumni. In the month leading up to the fair, OCC’s Career Services office will offer several professional development workshops known as “Backpack To Briefcase.” Many will be led by successful alumni volunteering their time to assist current students.

Celine Rahman, ’10 (photo courtesy Carmen Emmi)

Celine Rahman, ’10, who is the creator and founder of the online blog Cup of Rahman, will be addressing students on the topic of Building Your Online Brand April 3. She’s excited to be part of Backpack To Briefcase. “It is vital that students are given the opportunity to utilize tools in which they can become their most successful selves and I am honored to be able to help them do that.” In addition to the branding discussion, students who attend the session will also be able to have a professional headshot taken for use on their LinkedIn profiles, portfolios or other professional needs.

Backpack To Briefcase begins Monday, March 27 and continues until the Job Fair April 26. In addition to Online Branding, workshop topics will include Networking, Business Etiquette, Interview Preparation and Job Searching. Alumni presenters hope the experience will be about more than tips and strategies. Jonathan Clark, ’15, Vice President of Together Now, Inc, wants the sessions to develop into a self-learning opportunity for students to discover what they truly want to do. “Life is too short and jobs can be made so quickly. Choose a career you are passionate about. It may require taking a risk. We need them to understand it is not only okay but necessary to achieve their dreams.”

Career Services Coordinator Michele Carey believes alumni will play a critical role in making the workshops better than ever. “We are very excited to be partnering with the Alumni Office to offer the Backpack To Briefcase series. The programming, led by alumni, will be a great compliment to services the Career Center is offering and will bring a very different dynamic. I imagine students seeing themselves in the presenters, which has the potential to deliver a more powerful and impactful message.”

Career Services will also host independent resume and cover letter review sessions leading up to the Job Fair. To schedule an appointment please call Career Services at (315) 498-2585 or careerservices@sunyocc.edu