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The Cycle of Success

Author: By Crystal DeCarolis, Director—Center for Career and Academic Advising

Academic life and career planning are fundamentally connected, and that’s why the CIA takes a holistic approach to its support services. When you're a CIA student, your advisor is both an academic and career advisor.

The connection starts at admittance; the college links every student with an advisor before they get here. That relationship and support continues through the entire CIA experience and beyond, in a variety of ways...

Getting to Know the CIA
The transition to college can be both exciting and challenging, especially for someone leaving home for the very first time. An advisor can help ease that transition for students, helping them with even the smallest issues—from navigating the campus to getting connected with the right software to building a résumé to laundry! Students can choose to connect with a peer mentor as well, to gain a classmate’s perspective about how to best settle in.

Academic Support
First and foremost, we're here to help students succeed academically. From day one:

  • Our CIA Cares program allows faculty to proactively communicate a concern about a student's academic success so we can step in and help right away.
  • The Tutoring Center offers workshops to support students in some of the more challenging classes.
  • The Library Learning Commons is an invaluable resource for students.
  • We hold prep sessions for externship, stay in touch with students while they're away, and help them re-acclimate when they return to campus.

Career Preparation
We offer our students career services assistance for free...for life. And it starts right here:

  • CIA Career Fairs and Career Networking Days connect students with top employers.
  • There are multiple on-campus recruitment events each week, when many leading employers—such as the Four Seasons, Daniel Boulud’s Dinex Group, and Compass Group—make special visits to the CIA seeking new hires.
  • We keep a job database that typically features well over 2,500 openings.

CIA students are well-prepped, too. From the get-go:

  • We host sessions to help them discover what they want to do in the food business, and how to go about doing it.
  • There's training for résumé writing and interview skills.
  • They're encouraged to identify and keep samples of things they’re doing throughout their time here, building their own personal e-portfolios, a "mise en place" of sorts for their careers.

Through it all, the student's personal advisor is always there for him or her. Here at the CIA's Center for Career and Academic Advising, we're all about your student's success—and happiness.


Contact Us

The Center for Career and Academic Advising
1946 Campus Drive—Roth Hall Room E-255
Hyde Park, NY 12538-1499