Oswego has many resources and facilities that support student learning and complete the nurturing environment of our academic community. An overview of some of them follows.
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The COMPASS is a comprehensive center for student success designed to assist students in accomplishing four major goals: Discovering a vision for their lives; Developing their skills in and out of the classroom, Defining their future through experiential learning opportunities, and Distinguishing themselves as competitive graduates. The staff of the COMPASS is available to assist students in navigating the transition into, through, and out of college through a variety of personal growth and support programs. Through interaction with these program areas, students may receive help with self assessment and college major confirmation, gain experience through community volunteer and service learning activities, secure internships on and off campus and obtain assistance with their job and/or graduate school search.
Major and Career Exploration: www.oswego.edu/majorexploration 312.2240
Senior Transition: www.oswego.edu/careerservices 312.2255
Undeclared Student Advisement: www.oswego.edu/majorexploration
Career Development starts first with helping students understand where they are in the process. Students might be in any one – or a combination of several – of the following steps:
- Assessing interests, strengths, values and skills and connecting this information to vocational areas, major(s) and minor(s);
- Exploring best-fit career fields related to a student’s chosen degree program or interests;
- Gaining valuable experience and developing the skills the future will expect through internships, co-ops, volunteer positions or other opportunities;
- Researching and competing for post-graduate experiences such as jobs, graduate school programs, gap year opportunities, and more.
Career Services can help! Regardless of where students are in this process and the variety of paths students will consider, the Career Services office has the expertise, tools, resources and strategies to help them be successful for life. The office staff will meet students where they are and help them get to where they want to go! Students can take control of their career development: Stop in any time Monday-Friday 10am-4:30pm to the Compass Resource Center to learn more about the extensive resources or make an appointment with one of the highly trained Career or Academic Advisers. The staff will work closely with students to develop effective strategies and a solid plan of action each step of the way!
Online Presence: Check out the extensive assortment of online tools. Career Services offers resources that will guide students through all aspects of the career development process. Additionally, the office will ensure a student’s online reputation is intact through the Linkedin Photo Booth and the popular “Digital Dirt Squad.”
Major programs and services include:
- Self-assessment and skills identification
- Major and career exploration
- Connecting with career professionals
- Job Search Documents
- Portfolio development
- Practice Interviewing
- Job and graduate school search strategies
- Reference letter management
Students can learn about the world of work as they interact with employers and graduate school representatives at career fairs, etiquette dinners, conferences, networking events, on-campus interviews, industry-specific luncheons, and more. All Career Services workshops and events are listed on the Compass website: www.oswego.edu/compass.
Penfield Library, located in the heart of campus, is a technology-rich learning center providing the SUNY Oswego community with information resources, user-centered services and engaging spaces. The Library houses a physical collection of over 400,000 books, CDs, videos, and other resources, and provides online access to over 60,000 e-journals and 86,000 e-books. Over 150 computer workstations are available throughout the library, including 22 workstations in our 24- hour study room and 30 laptops that can be checked out for in-library use. Convenient printing services are available from all computers.
The four-story, Wi-Fi equipped building has seating for over one thousand students including individual and group study areas, individual study carrels, a quiet study floor, and technologyenhanced spaces for collaborative work and presentation practice. The Library’s Lake Effect Cafe is a popular campus eatery with a wide range of menu options and comfortable seating. The Library brings together many services to support student learning, including the Ask A Librarian research help desk, technology assistance from Campus Technology Services, and writing tutoring from the Office of Learning Services. SUNY Oswego librarians are available during most of the library’s open hours, answering questions in person, by telephone, chat, text message and email. Librarian help is also available through our collaborative 24/7 online chat service and via our online tutorials. Subject specialist librarians provide an orientation to library research and information sources in many courses and also offer personal research appointments.
Penfield Library provides access to materials in other libraries through its interlibrary loan service, featuring a special, high-speed statewide delivery system. The Library’s Special Collections houses the College archives, rare books, and local history materials, including the papers of the United States’ thirteenth president, Millard Fillmore.