Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Working with Career Services

Get started on your internship search and career preparation with the ASPIRE Program or the INSPIRE Program.

Welcome to the ASPIRE Program

ASPIRE Program (Accelerated Success Professional Readiness Education) is our career readiness program for Pace undergraduate students and has everything you need to achieve your internship and job goals. Get access to our workshops and online guides to gain the skills, connections, and opportunities that will help you secure a great internship and design your career path!

  • For domestic students of all majors
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INSPIRE Program (International Student Professional Readiness Education) is a required program for Pace international students who wish to pursue employment in the US and contains everything you need to secure a great position. Students will learn about career options for their major and gain the skills to self-advocate about their employment eligibility and professional strengths.

  • Required for F-1 Visa students of all majors

When deciding when to begin your career preparation, consider internship hiring timelines. 

  • Generally, mid-sized and smaller companies, non-profits/government, and start-ups hire a semester before the internship starts.

     
  • Larger brand companies including accounting, financial services, banking, hospitals, big tech, and media brands have earlier recruitment deadlines. They can start recruiting for opportunities 1 year – 18 months in advance. 

The 1st step of our ASPIRE and INSPIRE Programs is to explore and join the Career Communities!

No matter what you choose to study, you have many career paths in front of you, and Career Services can help you explore and narrow the options through our Career Communities. Once you identify 1-2 Career Communities that interest you, join them to receive exclusive alerts about internship and job opportunities.

Explore: Career Communities

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Join 1-2 Career Communities to be notified about internships, jobs, and events just for you. Update anytime! 

Yes, we encourage you to test-drive Career Communities by participating in skill-building activities, such as joining student organizations, on-campus labs, micro-internships, or even internships! Afterward, reflect on your experience and recalibrate your course. 

A Career Counselor can help you evaluate your experience and course correct, as needed. Schedule an appointment:

The 2nd step of our ASPIRE and INSPIRE Programs includes designing a resume that highlights skills employers need to get the job you want!

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Complete the Rock your Resume Workshop to access our proven Resume Templates for your Career Community.

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Score your resume with our AI-based tool, Resume Worded, for instant feedback. This tool will help you get 5x more interviews!

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Schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor to finalize your resume and discuss your career goals.

Only if you enjoy rejection! 🙂

Please do not use an old resume to apply – only the Career Services Resumes are designed to clear virtually any screening software. That is key to getting your resume to be seen by a Hiring Manager and being selected for an interview. So many of our students apply to internships and on-campus positions with their existing resumes and receive nothing but rejections. We don’t want this to happen to you!

Resume screening info graphic. From left to right: Resume, resume screening software, then two directions it could go toward - interview (25%) or rejection (75%).

When applying online, your resume is initially screened by an Applicant Tracking System (ATS). On average, an ATS rejects 75% of resumes due to formatting issues or lack of keywords (see “Resume Keywords” section below).

Research also shows that HR Managers spend about 6.5 seconds reviewing a resume, so your resume must be concise, error-free, and easy to read.

Our Resume Templates are created to be just that!

  • The template format is designed to help you clear an ATS,

  • The resume templates are specific for each Career Community, so they are already targeted to your career goals, and

  • Employers tell us how much they appreciate our easy-to-read format!

Additionally, our AI tool, Resume Worded will scan and score your resume to give you instant feedback and increase your chances of being selected for an interview by 5x!

The Pace Career Services office is one of the largest career centers in academia, and we have a dedicated team of Career Counselors who come from a variety of academic and professional disciplines. 

Each School has a dedicated team of experienced Career Counselors. To find your team of Counselors, just select your School from the menu below:

To begin working with a Career Counselor, register for our workshops or schedule an appointment.

Internships are also the best way to explore career options and prepare for your desired job!

In fact, graduates are more likely to find a great job after graduation if they have had an Internship experience than if they have not! Here are some statistics:

  • 70% of all interns — both paid and unpaid — are offered a position with the company that they interned with

  • 60.8% of internships are paid positions.

  • In the first few post-graduation years, former interns are 15% less likely to be unemployed and earn 6% more than students who did not intern.

  • 49% of employers would be much more likely to hire college graduates who completed an internship, irrespective of major.

  • Students with internship experience are 35% more likely to get at least one job offer after graduating than those without internship experience.

  • Employers say time and again that a relevant internship experience carries much more weight in their hiring decisions than a candidate’s major or GPA. Indeed, having an internship experience is the single most influential factor that employers consider when making hiring decisions.

You can participate in an internship as early as your freshman year or your first semester! You don’t have to decide on your ultimate career goals to intern. An internship is the perfect way to test-drive career options and learn first-hand what the day-to-day of the job looks like.

If you are in your senior year or in your final semester, it is also never too late!

The 3rd step of our ASPIRE and INSPIRE Programs includes strategies for applying for internships and jobs. For instance,

  • Register for our Strategies to Get Hired Workshop.

  • Attend our employer events and career fairs!

  • Apply for internships via Handshake, where 120,000+ opportunities were posted just last year for Pace students and graduates!

  • Apply less and interview more by targeting your resume to each position using Resume Worded’s Targeted Resume tool!

Congratulations on completing the program! 

**The ASPIRE and INSPIRE Program digital certification badge is distributed once per month.

Upon completion, look out for an email from Credly to accept your badge on the 1st day of the next month.**

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