Preparing for Life After Graduation

Are you getting close to graduating? Congratulations! This period is an exciting, and sometimes stressful, time. We hope these resources will help with your transition to life after graduation.

Apply to Graduate!

The last step to completing your degree is to file for your bachelor's or master's degree. The Registrar has a lot of helpful information to help you prepare for Graduation, including the steps involved in applying to graduate. Remember to meet with your Academic Advisor to ensure you are on track to graduate.

The Registrar is phasing in a new Graduation Application. Learn about this process by clicking on the video below, or find it via the Registrar

Link to video How to Apply for Graduation Online


Get ready to celebrate your achievement by learning more about Commencement at SSU!

Career Center

The SSU Career Center works to support and empower students to be active participants in their career development process. Our Career Advisors provide comprehensive resources and advising focused on each students' needs. Some of the services and resources available to students are:

  • The Career Center Student Toolkit is a new course available to all students via Canvas with 7 modules that include resources on career topics ranging from resumes/cover letters to interviewing skills. To access this course, log into Canvas.
  • Exploration of Majors & Careers through Focus2Career, an online series of self-assessments that will help you to identify a major and learn about different career options. Focus2Career provides in-depth information about hundreds of different occupations and the necessary steps to get there. 
  • Help Finding a Job via HandShake (job posting board), LinkedIn (a professional networking site), and internships to get you started on your career path.
  • Assistance with writing Resumes and preparing for Interviews.
  • Support for Undocumented & DACA Students searching for jobs, internships, and other post-graduation opportunities.

Graduate Studies

All Social Science majors provide excellent preparation for graduate study in a variety of fields, including counseling and education to social work and public health, to environmental studies and beyond. The opportunities for furthering your education are endless! Consider meeting with your Academic Advisor to start brainstorming the possibilities.

Occupational Information Network (O*NET)

The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is an online tool for career exploration and job analysis. Use the:

  • Use the Find Occupations Search to search for jobs using a keyword, phrase, or title; to look up occupations with a Bright Outlook (those expected to grow rapidly) or those in the Green Economy; to search by Industry, Job Family (groups of occupations based on skills, education, training, etc.), or Career Cluster (occupations in the same field that require similar skills).
  • Use the Advanced Search to focus on occupations that require specific abilities, interests, knowledge, skills, work styles, work values, etc.
  • Use the Crosswalk Search to look for careers that cross-list with Military Occupational Classification (MOC), Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP), and others.

Once you find a career that interests you, click on the link to obtain detailed information about the specific career, including tasks, skills, knowledge, abilities necessary for success; typical work activities, styles, & context; related occupations; typical education level; and wages/employment trends. Check it out!