Dear Senior – We hope you’ve had a restful and relaxing winter break. For those of you graduating in May or August, I’m sure your thoughts are turning to life after Suffolk, be it employment in your niche of interest, graduate school, or a combination of the two. Regardless of your situation, Career Services and Cooperative Education is here to be of assistance to you.

Media types and naysayers would suggest that this is a very weak job market; clearly these are challenging times but opportunities also exist for candidates with relevant experience, marketable skills, and the job search savvy to generate job leads and interviews. It is our goal to provide you with the resources, tools, and support you need to successfully compete for positions.

Placement info from last year’s graduating class should offer you encouragement and motivation. In surveying our 2009 graduates, we’ve been pleasantly surprised to find a number of our students securing employment opportunities in their fields of interest. A common theme has also emerged – graduates who participated in internships and co-ops leveraged those experiences to find work in their niche.

As a place to start, we would suggest reviewing our Job Search Strategies Handbook available on-line at or in hard copy in our office at 20 Ashburton Place. We also plan to be in touch with you regularly over the spring semester regarding important updates, events, and useful career information.

Also, mark your calendars now and free your schedule for our upcoming Senior Career Summit taking place Friday, March 5th from 1-4 pm. The Summit will help you jump start your job search campaign and will include the following presentations and workshops – State of the Job Market, What Recruiters/Employers are Looking For, Brand You – Telling Your Story, Recent Alums Weigh-In, Capitalizing on Professional/Trade Associations, and Career Doc Sessions for Resume Reviews.

As for words of wisdom, my advice is to stay positive, keep your eyes on the prize and get focused, get determined, and get busy.

Paul Tanklefsky,

Director of Career Services and Cooperative Education