new students

New Students

Welcome, New Students!

We are excited to help you set and achieve your career goals. Here is a list of commonly asked questions among new students. We hope this list answers some of your questions and helps you think about other things you need to know!

To successfully find and land a job, you need to try a few different things. First, visit our office to get your resume reviewed during Career Drop-Ins. Then, check Handshake, our online job and internship board designed just for Georgia State University students and alumni. On Handshake, you are able to upload your resume and apply for positions directly through the system.
To successfully find a part-time job on campus, you need to know a few things. Many positions on campus are restricted to students who qualify for the Panther Work Program or the Federal Work-Study Program. These are coordinated through Student Financial Services. However, some on-campus jobs are open to any student regardless of financial aid need. To find jobs on campus, begin with Handshake and search using “On-Campus Student Employment” as a filter under Job Type. Click on the posting to learn more details about the job and to apply. Since the demand for on-campus jobs is so high, not all on campus jobs are posted on Handshake. Sometimes it’s best to ask offices directly if they are hiring students for the upcoming year. Consider inquiring with the library, Student Recreation Center, Residence Life or even your academic department. Also consider several off-campus employers that are here in downtown Atlanta close to campus. You can find many of their postings on Handshake.
As a new student, your Handshake account will be accessible on the day that you begin class. If you are unable to access it at that time, please call 404-413-1820 or email
We host 15-minute quick scan resume reviews Tuesday-Friday, 11  a.m.-3 p.m. in Student Center West, Room 270. Learn more about formatting a resume and Career Drop-Ins.
A co-op is a limited term, full-time experiential education opportunity for certain majors. See if your major utilizes a co-op and to learn more about how to get one.
It’s important to begin career exploration as soon as you begin so that you can effectively evaluate whether or not you should change your major, concentration or both. Our Career Development team can help you understand your interests, skills, values, personality, strengths, and more through drop-in advising and one-on-one appointments. We also utilize several assessment tools to help with this process. To schedule an appointment please call 404-413-1820.
There are several options as to what you can do with your major! Begin researching online with resources like What Can I Do With My Major?, the Occupational Outlook Handbook and O*NET. Also, consider talking with professors, colleagues and family members to explore various career paths. After you’ve gathered information, meet with a staff member to develop a plan in order to set and achieve your goals.
There are lots of ways to gain experience while in school! Part-time jobs in environments related to your major or career goal are a great way to start. Then, look for formal internship and co-op opportunities in your field beginning as early as your sophomore year. Also consider on-campus involvement in clubs and organizations. Gain a leadership role to demonstrate leadership experience upon graduation. Volunteering in the community is another great way to gain experience. When you piece together a couple part-time jobs, on-campus leadership and an internship that is directly related to your field, you have acquired a good bit of experience and developed skill sets that are essential to getting employed after graduation.