Vision and Mission


Syracuse University Career Services strives to make a positive impact on the professional development of every Syracuse University student. Our comprehensive career counseling and resource approach is designed to engage students as active participants throughout their Orange career. We strive to serve the needs of the individual, while creating career-related programs and services that are responsive and accessible to all students.


Our central career department collaborates with each school and college to provide and empower all students in the career development process by:

  • Facilitating personalized career exploration to develop a clear career objective, starting the first year.
  • Promoting avenues for experiential learning, such as alumni chats, informational interviews, immersion programming and internships.
  • Cultivating and maintaining partnerships with University employers to provide assistance in job search and transition to professional life.
  • Capturing destinations to support future students and collegial partners.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Career Services supports the Syracuse University Diversity and Inclusion Core Values and Guiding Principles.

Core Values

  1. Build relationships:  We believe in connecting with students throughout the career and professional development process.  Our expertise, experience, connections and energy are available to each student. We are committed to helping students find the answers they need to make informed career decisions.
  2. Become catalysts: We are action-oriented. We help students discover where they want to go and help them make that happen.
  3. Actively educate: Learning does not just happen in the classroom. We work with students at any stage in the career development process. We teach students about navigating the world of work. The skills and strategies they learn will serve them well for a lifetime.
  4. We are challengers: We motivate and challenge students. We encourage them to explore varied career ideas, to become involved in more experiences during college, and to aim higher to achieve their career goals.
  5. Connectors: Our connections build relationships that spawn careers that construct a better world.  Networking is critical to gathering key information, gaining experience in different fields and learning about job opportunities.
  6. We are a team:  Our team works together and complements each other’s strengths.  We pursue healthy and productive working relationships through open communication, mutual respect, and collaboration, while growing in our collective professional development.

Shared Competencies

Providing an unsurpassed student experience during your professional development journey and throughout your time at Syracuse University is a top priority. Six learning goals, or Shared Competencies, will be woven throughout your student experience to help foster connections between academics, co-curricular experiences, professional development and the campus community. The shared competencies will promote the crucial knowledge and skills essential for all students to develop. For more information, please visit the Shared Competencies webpage.

We invite you to explore how Syracuse University Career Services will introduce you to the Shared Competencies.

Reflection on the dynamic relationships among power, inequality, identities, and social structures. Thoughtful engagement with one’s values, intersectional identities, experiences, and diverse perspectives and people. Application of ethical and inclusive decision-making in the context of personal, academic, professional, and collaborative pursuits.

Exploration and synthesis of ideas, artifacts, issues, and events to inform and evaluate arguments, develop new insights, and produce creative work. Reflection on, and application of divergent modes of inquiry, analysis, and innovation to research, knowledge, and artistic creation.

Application of scientific inquiry and problem solving in various contexts. Analysis of theories, replication of procedures, and rethinking existing frameworks. Supporting arguments through research, data, and quantitative and qualitative evidence that can generate new knowledge.

Knowledge, exploration, and analysis of the complexity surrounding interdependent local, national, and global affairs. Engagement in responsible, collaborative, and inclusive civic and cross-cultural learning, with an emphasis on public, global, and historical issues.

Effective individual, interpersonal, and collaborative presentation and development of ideas through oral, written, and other forms of expression to inform, persuade, or inspire.

Identification, collection, evaluation, and responsible use of information. Effective, ethical, and critical application of various technologies and media in academic, creative, personal, and professional endeavors.