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Courses & Programs

Andrea Picard

Coordinator of Career Planning

Academic & Student Affairs

Frost 276

413.552.2342 (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. 


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!

To use Handshake, simply log into with your HCC username and password to use your free student profile, connect with employers, and access Career Services events.

Need assistance? Visit How to Complete a Handshake Profile.

You can also join us for Handshake Workshops

Learn how to complete your profile, and Handshake will begin suggesting opportunities for you.
Click here to register (Zoom)

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

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.


Careers in Corrections, Psychology and Human Services
Wednesday, October 19, 2023 | 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Jason B. Collins, Captain, Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Greenfield, MA
Correctional Officers

Correctional Officers supervise occupational, vocational, treatment, and recreational activities; patrol correctional facilities; observe the conduct and behavior of inmates, and investigate suspicious inmate activity. Correctional Officers team with clinicians, medical staff, and other security staff in an effort to improve the safety of our communities by helping incarcerated men and women overcome addiction, trauma, and mental health issues and improve job and housing opportunities. 

Marcella King, Recruitment Manager, MA Department of Correction, Statewide
Correction and Correctional Program Officers and more

The DOC is the state prison system, managing inmates at 14 institutions across the state. They provide custody, care, and programming for those under our supervision to prepare them for safe and successful reentry into the community. Learn about careers as correction officers and correctional program officers, as well as a variety of job opportunities across several industries, ranging from entry-level to senior management.

Earl Miller, Director Community Responders for Equity, Safety & Service (CRESS), Amherst, MA
Community Responders

Community Responders work as part of a team of alternative safety providers that respond to nonviolent community calls with an emphasis on approaching community members through an anti-racist and behavioral health lens either in-person or by telephone. They ensure that any public safety response is anti-racist, equitable, just, and fair and that we offer preventative services that get at the root of assisting our community members to avoid necessitating public safety involvement.  

Representatives from each organization will discuss their opportunities and how to apply.

Registration is required. Students must register by October 14 using this Student Registration Form.

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!

Andrea Picard

Coordinator of Career Planning

Academic & Student Affairs

Frost 276

413.552.2342 (Tel)

CareerSpot Videos