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Welcome to CT State's Career Services department. 

Mission Statement

CT State Career Services provides comprehensive programs, activities and services that assist you (students and alumni) in exploring career options, identifying opportunities and preparing to achieve your career aspirations. We also help you in building your personal brand and understanding how your skills and competencies can best fit in the world of work. The career services staff are committed to taking a collaborative approach when working with internal and external stakeholders/parties to ensure that you are connected to resources and experiences and receive the best support possible in pursuit of your educational and career goals.

Services Offered

Career Services departments can be found on most campuses. Services offered vary by campus. Please consult with your home campus on what may be available to you. The following is a representation of some of the services you may find:

  • Individual Career Advising
  • Resume and Cover Letter Reviews
  • Career Assessments (Focus 2)
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Support Building Your LinkedIn Profile
  • Job Search Skills and Techniques
  • Career-Related Events and Workshops
  • Career Exploration Guidance
  • Job Postings (On and Off-Campus)
  • Recruitment Events & Information Sessions

Find a Career Services Office

Students may access Career Services on their home campus and/or on the campus they're currently taking CCS 1001-College and Career Success.

CT State Asnuntuck

Please consult with your assigned Guided Pathways Advisor.

CT State Capital

Linda Lopez, Career Services Educational Assistant 
Phone: 860-906-5074 
Email: LLopez@ccc.commnet.edu 
Location: 305G 

CT State Gateway

Department Email: gw-careerservices@gatewayct.edu 

Kathleen Ahern, Director of Career Services  

Phone: 203-285-2072 
Email: Kathleen.ahern@ctstate.edu.
Location: Room N217 (Second floor of the North Building) 
  

CT State Housatonic

Anisha Thomas, Director of Career Services  

Phone: 203-332-5983 
Email:anisha.thomas@ctstate.edu
Location: Lafayette Hall, B145 

Career Services appointments are offered via phone, WebEx and in-person (by appointment).

CT State Manchester

Julie Greene, Director, Career Services and Cooperative Education
Phone: 860-512-3372 
Email: julie.greene@ctstate.edu
Location: Student Services Center, 1st Floor, L-127

Interview Prep
A free video-based platform for Manchester students to job interview skills

CT State Middlesex

Emily Canto, Emerita – Counselor, Career Development and Counseling 
Phone: 860-343-5824 
Email: ecanto@mxcc.commnet.edu
Location: Founders Hall, Room 121 

CT State Naugatuck Valley

Waterbury Campus:
Antony Wormack, Director of Career Services (CJPCO) 

Phone: 203-575-8158
Email: cjpco@nv.edu 
Fax: 203-596-8610 
Location: L524, 5th Floor Walkway  

Danbury Campus:
Please contact the Waterbury Career Services office to schedule an appointment.

CT State Northwestern

Laura McCarthy, Director of the Academic Success Center 
Phone: 860-738-6351 
Email: lmccarthy@nwcc.edu 
 
Make an Appointment
(Choose McCarthy, Laura L. from the list on form)


CT State Norwalk

Department Email: careercenter@norwalk.edu 

Kiran Somaya, Director, Career Development and Experiential Learning Center 
Phone: 203-857-7032 
Fax: 203-857-3379  
Email: ksomaya@ncc.commnet.edu 
Location: West Campus, Suite W118 

CT State Quinebaug Valley

Peter Bennett, Director of Career Services 
Phone: 860-932-4090 
Email: peter.bennett@ctstate.edu 
Location: W107D 

CT State Three Rivers

Elizabeth Willcox, Guided Pathway Advisor
Phone: 860-215-9302
Email: careerplacement@threerivers.edu
Location: Room A-113

CT State Tunxis

Samuel Kapros, Guided Pathway Advisor II  
Phone: 860-773-1702 
Email: tx-careerservices@tunxis.edu 

Career Exploration Resources

Focus2

LOGO "Focus2-Major Selection and Career Decision Making Starts Here"

FOCUS-2 enables students to assess their values, skills and interests and explore career fields and major areas of study that are compatible with their assessment results.

To get started, use your school login credentials to access myCTState and you will find the link to FOCUS-2 in one of the tiles on the CT State portal landing page. Follow the instructions to create an account and begin exploring!

Accessing Focus 2 Career (Students) 
A guide for new users on initial login steps and how to set up and navigate your Focus 2 Career account

Focus 2 Video Tour
An in-depth overview of the updated Focus 2 Career platform, including its features like self-assessments, major and career matching and job readiness resources

Other Resources

What Can I Do With This Major

What Can I Do With This Major? is a website featuring 100 major profiles, which include information on common career paths, types of employers that tend to hire in the field, and strategies to maximize opportunities.

O*NET OnLine

The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is a free online database that contains hundreds of job definitions to help students, job seekers, businesses, and workforce development professionals understand today's world of work. 

Discover your interests with the O*NET Interest Profiler and find more exploration options at My Next Move.

Job Search Resources

Job Search Platforms

Information Gathering

Career Readiness Resources and Tools

NACE (National Association of Colleges & Employers)

LOGO "NACE"

NACE is the leading source of information on the employment of the college-educated, and forecasts hiring and trends in the job market; tracks starting salaries, recruiting and hiring practices, and student attitudes and outcomes; and identifies best practices and benchmarks.

NACE is the leading source of information on the employment of the college-educated, and

  • forecasts hiring and trends in the job market
  • tracks starting salaries, recruiting, and hiring practices
  • monitors student attitudes and outcomes
  • identifies best practices and benchmarks

What is Career Readiness?

Career readiness is a foundation from which to demonstrate requisite core competencies that broadly prepare the college-educated for success in the workplace and lifelong career management. Career readiness provides a framework for addressing career-related goals and outcomes of curricular and extracurricular activities, regardless of the student’s field of study. For employers, career readiness plays an important role in sourcing talent, providing a means of identifying key skills and abilities across all job functions; similarly, career readiness offers employers a framework for developing talent through internship and other experiential education programs.

This career readiness mapping process was created by CT State Norwalk Career Services staff, but the steps for exploring and starting your career may be useful to all students.

Additional Information For:

Students

Please contact your home campus Career Services staff members for more personalized assistance with your job search and career decision-making. They will direct you to more resources based on your specific area of interest or need. Resources might include links to relevant and useful websites, assessment tools to help you prepare for your career, sample resumes and cover letters, lists of professional organizations and associations, occupational outlook information, videos created by CT State faculty and more!

Employers

CT State Career Services offers many ways to partner with your organization:

  • Post jobs and internship opportunities through our online job board /platform
  • Schedule a recruitment table or an information session (virtual and in-person) to effectively promote your organization, publicize job opportunities and connect with talented students

Build your brand on campus:

  • Conduct virtual career workshops for CT State students on topics that will help them as they start networking and searching for jobs
  • Engage in employer presentations, information tables, panel discussions and guest speaking opportunities (virtual and on-campus)
  • Connect with CT State clubs and organizations
  • Participate in career and networking events

*Not all services are available on each campus. Please contact your local campus to learn more.

Faculty

CT State’s Career Services department believes that all students are on a career path—whether they are heading straight into the workforce or hoping to transfer to a four-year degree program.

As a faculty member, you play a crucial role in creating awareness about our services, events, and programs. Our hope is that all faculty will refer students to meet with a career services staff member and are grateful to faculty who regularly partner with us by integrating career readiness into classroom projects, allowing time for in-class presentations, and/or encouraging students to take advantage of all that we have to offer. Please contact us at our respective campuses listed below to refer a student, request an in-class presentation, or to collaborate on a career related program, alumni career panel, or guest speaker event.

Parents and Families

Welcome family, parents, and guardians! You can help your CT State students start career planning by encouraging them to take advantage of the resources and services available to them in career services. We help with career exploration, resume writing, cover letter writing, interview skills, finding a job and more.

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