Career Planning & Development
We're here to help you navigate to an occupational goal and future employment.
At HCC, you'll begin preparing for your life and career by way of an academic pathway. Selecting this pathway requires developing an understanding of your interests, strengths and values; gathering information about career fields; choosing an occupation; and planning the education or training you need to become qualified for it.
SERVICES WE PROVIDE
Our career planning coordinators will help you:
- Identify areas of interest and life goals
- Research occupations
- Research education and training options
- Develop your career plan
- Put your plan into action
We recognize that each student has a unique set of goals and experiences as well as a variety of educational and training accomplishments. To help you begin to define your pathway select the option below which best matches where you are in your career development journey. Once you've completed these activities contact Janet Aracena at email@example.com or 413.552.2322 to set up an appointment to meet with a career counselor.
STEP TWO: Research the careers you have identified
Occupational Outlook Handbook
STEP THREE: Research your educational options
HCC Degrees & Certificates
As you are progressing through your course of study we would like to partner with you in the development of your career plan. If you are considering changing your major or have yet to decide on a major, select one of the activities below to engage in further exploration. Contact a career counselor for login credentials as needed. Also, consider making an appointment with a career counselor by coming to the ACT Center in Frost 273, or by contacting Janet Aracena at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413.552.2322.
The Career Planning Process
STEP ONE: Self assessment
STEP TWO: Research careers, academic majors & training programs
- What Can I Do With This Major?
- Occupational Outlook Handbook
- MASS CIS
- Research Education & Training Options
STEP THREE: Preparation for employment
- How to create a resume/cover letter (check out our CareerSpot videos on this page)
- Resume Writing Guide
- Cover Letter Writing Guide
- Interview Preparation (check out our CareerSpot video on this page)
- Job Search
The Center for Career Development lists job postings sent in from many area and regional employers for students and alumni to review. The list of positions is generally updated on a weekly basis.
To view current job postings, please click here.
Employer wishing to post a job, please click here.
We also help students and graduates search employment sites for jobs throughout the Pioneer Valley as well as beyond Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut. We also encourage students to research prospective employers to learn more about the company culture and values as well as opportunities for advancement.
Open the links below to access the most common job search sites for employment in the Pioneer Valley.
- FutureWorks Career Center
- Franklin Hampshire Career Center
- Massachusetts Job Quest
- Human Service Forum Job Listings
- The Springfield Republican/Masslive.com
- The Daily Hampshire Gazette
- The Hartford Courant/CareerBuilder.com
- The Greenfield Recorder
Holyoke Community College strongly encourages the employer community to hire our students and graduates! To help with this process, the Career Center provides job postings, regularly communicates available openings with faculty, and invites employers to come to campus to speak with students about opportunities with their companies and organizations.
Post a job
Employers wishing to post jobs, please click here.
Employers are encouraged to offer on-campus dates for recruitment of students. Table space in high traffic areas is common but special event recruitment may be arranged in specific cases. For information about planning a recruitment date, please contact Richard Powers at email@example.com or 413.552-2361.