Career Counseling

Career counseling is offered throughout the calendar year to all students and alumni and is tailored to the individual’s needs. The broad objectives of career counseling are to teach students and alumni how to use self-knowledge in relation to career decisions and goals, conduct career-related research, identify and pursue opportunities, prepare competitive application materials, and document and present their accomplishments.

Counseling often occurs on an ongoing basis, underscoring the idea that career development is a process of lifelong learning. As such, we offer in-person, phone, and virtual counseling to ensure that students and alumni have ample opportunities and flexible conduits for individualized and personal attention.

Examples of specific topics that may be covered are:

Self-assessment
Career research
Résumés and cover letters
Interviews
Networking
Portfolios
Graduate school

Career Counseling Appointments

To ensure counselor availability and adequate time for counseling sessions, students are encouraged to make appointments for career counseling in advance of their visit to the Career Center. Please note that student appointments are scheduled in 45-minute increments. If a student is 15 minutes or more late for a scheduled appointment, the student must reschedule the appointment for another date. Students can schedule career counseling appointments by contacting career@cooper.edu.

Walk-In Meetings

Students may visit their career counselor unannounced, but are expected to collaborate in giving first priority to those students with scheduled appointments.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.