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Andrea Picard

Coordinator of Career Planning

Academic & Student Affairs

Frost 276

413.552.2342 (Tel)

Richard Powers

Coordinator of Career Planning

Academic & Student Affairs

Campus Center 102K

413.552.2361 (Tel)

CareerSpot Videos


Career Services

For students, alumni, and employers.

Career Services is a free resource to help students and alumni plan for their futures and advance their careers. We assist with career exploration and decision-making all the way through to strategizing how to successfully achieve career goals. 

We will help you to:

  • Define your career goals and develop a career plan
  • Decide on an appropriate major, education path and/or training program
  • Develop effective job search skills (resume, cover letter, interviewing, and networking)
  • Identify and apply to employment and career-related opportunities and events
  • Build career readiness competencies for a successful transition to employment 

Everyone has different life experiences and career goals! We're here to help support you on your career preparation journey!


Mission Statement
The mission of Career Services at Holyoke Community College is to assist students and alumni in all phases of their career development and to empower them in making meaningful and fulfilling career decisions in a diverse and global society. 

Vision Statement
It is the vision of Career Services that students and alumni will become capable, contributing members of the local, regional, and national economy and to become self-supporting individuals that contribute significantly to their families and communities.

Everyone has different life experiences and career goals! We're here to help students and alumni on their journey. While you're a student at HCC, we'll help you create or refine your career plan. 

THE CAREER PLANNING PROCESS

STEP ONE: Self-Assessment – Identify Interests, Skills & Experience

STEP TWO: Research Careers

STEP THREE: Find Education & Training Options

STEP FOUR: Prepare for Employment (Check Out Our CareerSpots Videos on This Page)     

HCC uses Handshake to post jobs and internships for students!

Handshake is a career network and the largest recruiting platform for college students and recent alumni. It is the largest career network in the US with over 1,150 university partners, 17 million students and alumni, and 500,000 employers. 

Handshake's Key Features 

  • Helps you find your dream job
  • Built upon an equitable and inclusive search process
  • Links you to many career events shared nationwide
  • Helps you build a professional network of employers and peers
  • Helps HCC Career Services better understand your needs to guide you in advancing your career

Get Started

  1. Begin by activating your account and creating a Handshake profile. (All HCC students registered for classes are automatically uploaded to the system which enables them to easily establish Handshake access.)
  2. Go to your HCC email and search for an invitation from Handshake. Then use your HCC e-mail user credentials to activate your account.
  3. Complete your profile and Handshake will begin suggesting opportunities for you!

If you need assistance, visit How to Complete a Handshake Profile or join us via Zoom on Mondays at 3:30 p.m. or Thursdays at 11 a.m.

When you want to use Handshake, simply log into joinhandshake.com with your HCC username and password to use your free student profile, connect with employers, and access Career Services events.

We encourage employers to post employment or internship opportunities with their organizations at Holyoke Community College Career Services using the Handshake platform. If you are a Handshake system user, please submit your postings to Holyoke Community College through your Handshake account.

If you are not currently a Handshake user, we invite you to request approval to post your open positions at HCC through Handshake. You may begin this process by registering for Handshake by creating a Handshake account and requesting permission to post at Holyoke Community College. 

If you have questions about creating or using a Handshake account, visit the Handshake Help Center or contact rpowers@hcc.edu.

Additional resources are available to research employment opportunities throughout the Pioneer Valley as well as beyond Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut. Use the links below to access the most common job search sites for employment in the Pioneer Valley.

Upcoming Career & Employment Events

Tuesday, April 12
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Virtual Job Fair
Behavioral Health Network
For information and registration, go to: https://bhninc.jobs.net/job/J3N6VD5XHNVWF2C4H65

Tuesday, April 12
12 – 6 p.m.
Florence Bank Job Fair
West Springfield Office
1010 Union St.
West Springfield, MA
For information, go to: Florence Bank Job Fairs

Wednesday, April 13
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Disability Virtual Job Fair
For information and registration, go to: https://www.careereco.com/Fair/EventDetails?fairId=318e7334-272d-4a7c-b146-ae1600e1d3b1

Wednesday, April 13
10 a.m. – 12 noon
Spring Fling Virtual Job Fair
MassHire Franklin Hampshire Career Center
To pre-register, please visit https://www.masshirefhcareers.org/job-fairs-recruitment-events/

Wednesday, April 13
12 – 6 p.m.
Florence Bank Job Fair
Florence Office
85 Main St.
Florence, MA
For information, go to: Florence Bank Job Fairs

Thursday, April 14
3 – 6 p.m.
In-Person Job Fair
Behavioral Health Network
417 Liberty St.
Entrance B
Springfield
For information, go to: https://bhninc.jobs.net/job/J3N6VD5XHNVWF2C4H65

Thursday, May 5, 2022
3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Get Hired Job Fair
Holyoke Mall at Ingleside
50 Holyoke St., Holyoke
Flyer

Free career workshops provide opportunities for students to learn about preparing for careers and finding employment. Career Services staff offers a variety of workshops at various times throughout the semester. They are open to all students and alumni.

All workshops are 45 minutes in duration unless otherwise noted. Please note that currently, workshops will be offered virtually through Zoom. 

HCC faculty, staff & Student Organizations

If you are interested in scheduling a workshop for your class, department, or student organization, please contact Career Services to set up a date. Workshop requests should be made at least two weeks in advance. 

Workshop topics

Connecting Majors to Careers: This workshop helps students learn how to proceed if they are unsure about career goals and/or selecting a major. Students will also learn about resources when considering career options. 

Resume & Cover Letter: This workshop helps students to understand how to construct a professional resume and cover letter relevant to the position being applied for. (60 minutes)

Job Search Strategies: This workshop will help students to understand ways to search for jobs beyond online postings. 

Navigating a Career Fair: This workshop helps students understand best practices in preparing for both a virtual and in-person career fair.

Networking Tools: This workshop will teach students how to build and expand a professional network. 

Interview Essentials: This workshop helps students understand best practices and techniques and interviewing for a job.

Completing Your Handshake Profile: Handshake is the premier site for connecting students to a wide variety of jobs and internships. HCC Career Services staff will assist you in getting connected and starting to search for opportunities.  

30-Minute Drop-In Career Counseling Sessions: Meet with a career counselor via Zoom! Have your photo ID ready, turn on your camera and audio, and click our Zoom drop-in link. We'll be with you as soon as we can for a private career counseling session!

Workshop Topic Dates & Times Link to Join
Connecting Majors to Careers Wednesday, April 6, 11 a.m. Join Meeting
Tuesday, April 26, 11 a.m. Join Meeting
Resume & Cover Letter (60 minutes) Monday, April 11, 12:30 p.m. Join Meeting
Wednesday, May 4, 11 a.m. Join Meeting
Job Search Strategies Friday, April 1, 12:30 p.m. Join Meeting
Wednesday, April 20, 11 a.m. Join Meeting
Networking Tools Thursday, April 13, 2 p.m. Join Meeting
Navigating a Virtual Career Fair Tuesday, March 22, 2 p.m. Join Meeting
Navigating an In-Person Career Fair Thursday, April 28, 3:30 p.m. Join Meeting
Interview Essentials Thursday, March 17, 3 p.m. Join Meeting
Wednesday, May 4, 2 p.m. Join Meeting
Creating a Handshake Profile Mondays, 3:30 p.m. Join Meeting
Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m. Join Meeting
Drop-In Career Counseling (30 minutes) Mondays, 3 p.m. Join Meeting

Andrea Picard

Coordinator of Career Planning

Academic & Student Affairs

Frost 276

413.552.2342 (Tel)

Richard Powers

Coordinator of Career Planning

Academic & Student Affairs

Campus Center 102K

413.552.2361 (Tel)

CareerSpot Videos