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Please email or call 413.552.2361 and leave your name and contact information. We will reply within 24 hours.

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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.


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


Richard Powers:
Andrea Picard:

Every student has different life experiences and career goals! We're here to help support you on this journey. While you're a student at HCC, we'll help you create or refine your career plan. Consider making an appointment with a career counselor by coming to the ACT Center in CC 103, or by contacting Career Services at


STEP ONE: Self assessment

STEP TWO: Research careers

STEP THREE: Find education and training options

STEP FOUR: Prepare for employment (check out our CareerSpots videos on this page)

Wednesday, Nov. 10
4:30 to 7 p.m.
Cannabis Career Fair
Holyoke Community College
Kittredge Center
303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke

Friday, Nov. 12
3 to 5 p.m.
New England Sports & Entertainment Career Fair
MassMutual Center
1277 Main St., Springfield
Ticket purchase required for this event

Monday, Nov. 15
10 a.m. to 12 noon
Veteran's Month Virtual Job Fair
Employers from Hampshire & Franklin counties will participate
Go to for registration information

Wednesday, Nov. 17
12 noon to 3 p.m.
MACCCC Virtual Career Fair
For information, go to: Massachusetts Community Colleges Fall 2021 Virtual Career Fair | Handshake (
For assistance with creating a Handshake profile contact Andrea Picard at or Richard Powers at

The Center for Career Development lists job postings sent in from many area and regional employers for students and alumni to review.

NEW! HCC is now using Handshake, a platform to connect you with local and national employers!

Handshake connects students on college campuses with jobs and internships. Over 14 million students and alumni from over 700 universities use Handshake. 

Log into with your HCC username and password to use your free Student Profile, connect with employers, and access Career Services events. Handshake is the #1 way college students get jobs!  

How to Complete a Handshake Profile

Handshake connects students on college campuses with jobs and internships. Over 14 million students and alumni from over 700 universities use Handshake.  

We help students and graduates search external employer 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.

Special message: Career Services will discontinue its current "Post a Job" link on May 20, 2021 and accept all job submissions through the Handshake system.

HCC Career Services provides access to employment opportunities for students and alumni through Handshake. Career Services welcomes the opportunity to interact with area employers and has created multiple avenues for company representatives to partner with HCC in filling employment needs, meeting and mentoring our students, and sharing information about their career field and training needs.

Post a job/internship

Employers who wish to post a position, please create a Handshake account by clicking the Handshake icon below.

Handshake icon

Have questions about creating a Handshake account? Visit the Handshake Help Center.

Career Services remains committed to connecting our students to jobs, internships, and professional development opportunities. We offer several options to keep you connected to our students. Visit Community Engagement for more information on how you can get involved.

On-Campus Recruitment (currently on hold until campus reopens)

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


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