Handshake Profiles: Your Time to Shine

It’s that time of the year! Students are back on campus, classes are in full swing, and clubs and organizations are getting warmed up for the semester. With a new academic year there also comes questions about on-campus jobs, internships, and full-time work for the future. Whether you are looking for a few hours of work during the week or a full time job post-graduation, Handshake is a fantastic place to begin. It’s important to keep your profile looking sharp and up-to-date. A little effort and attention to detail will help Handshake work for you. Here are a few things we want you to keep in mind:


  • No account? No problem!


    1. Navigate to https://app.joinhandshake.com/login and create your own account through the Hope College server.
    2. Log in using your Hope email and password.


  • You have an account: let’s make it shine!


    1. If you click on your name in the top right corner, you’ll see an option to view “My Profile.” On the right hand column of your profile, you’ll see a Profile Level with short cuts to keep things updated.
    2. Make sure your basic information is filled out and updated with your name, year, profile photo, etc.
      • Be sure to update this each year, whether that’s refreshing your year in school, major, etc.
    3. To enhance your profile for employers, add more information, such as work experiences, volunteer experiences, skills, career interests, relevant coursework, and projects you’ve worked on.
    4. Similar to LinkedIn, you can elaborate on your work experiences, which will give employers a more well-rounded view of you as an applicant.

The more detailed your profile is, the better! Handshake will be even easier to navigate when your profile is up-to-date. The more specific your qualifications and interests are, the more success you’ll have. At the Boerigter Center for Calling and Career, we aim to help every student at Hope College develop their interests and career goals through discernment, preparation, and pursuit. Leveraging Handshake to your benefit is a wonderful place to begin!

Get to know Megan Scheldt!

Megan Scheldt is the Career Counselor – Networking at the Boerigter Center for Calling and Career and she is going into her 4th academic year at Hope College. Megan has answered 10 questions to let us get to know a little more about her:

1. What is your role at the new Boerigter Center for Calling and Career?

I am the Career Counselor-Networking. For first and second year students, that means meeting with me to explore what they want to do with their major as well as getting connected to job shadowing opportunities. For upperclassmen, that could mean meeting with me to get alumni connections in a specific field to use for the future. I also oversee the DiscoverWork program and  Career Advisor team in the BCCC.

2. What is your favorite part about your hometown?

My hometown is Westminster, Maryland which is about an hour from Baltimore. Nothing beats Maryland Blue Crabs and the beautiful landscapes. Maryland is called “mini America” because there are beaches, mountains, and plains all in one state.

3. Where would you choose to live: by the ocean, in the mountains, or in the woods?

Mountains – my husband and I honeymooned in Estes Park, Colorado and we loved Rocky Mountain National Park!

4. If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

I would have dinner with Eleanor Roosevelt. I think that for the time period in which she was living she was a true advocate for many populations of people. She was not afraid to be a risk taker and I like that about her. My favorite quote by Eleanor: “No one can make you feel inferior but yourself.”

5. What is your favorite sport to watch?

Lacrosse! I am also the assistant women’s lacrosse coach here at Hope and I played in college. I started and have worked with multiple programs in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.

6. If you were in a talent show, what skill would you perform?

I like to think that I am funny, so maybe a comedy act! 

7. What is your favorite thing to cook?

Whatever HelloFresh sends me that week! To be honest I’m not a cook, though my father-in-law is a professional chef. 

8. Who was your childhood singer/actor crush?

The Hanson Brothers.

9. If you won $100,000 what would you spend the money on?

I currently live in an apartment, so I would definitely buy a house. I think I would also use the money for something philanthropic. 

10. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

The ability to fly or teleport.

The staff members here at the Boerigter Center want to reach out to every student at Hope and get them involved in the BCCC. We hope that getting to know our staff members allows students to feel comfortable seeking help from our office no matter what stage of their college career they may be in.

Learn More About Career Counselor Amy Freehafer

Amy Freehafer is a 1989 Hope College graduate, and she has been working at Hope for 7 years. Many students have met with Amy early in their college careers to get help deciding a major, creating a four-year-plan, or discussing their assessment results. She is an excellent resource for students at all stages of their college careers.

Amy has answered 10 questions to give us a little insight into who she is:

1. What is your role at the new Boerigter Center for Calling and Career?

I work a lot with exploratory advising. I help students (and sometimes alumni) figure out a career path, and that includes what to major in. My philosophy is until you understand yourself, it will be hard to figure out where you will go. That leads my work to help students better understand themselves and help them understand how to make choices. I love using StrengthsQuest as a tool to help launch into that conversation.

2. What was your favorite thing to do at Hope College when you were a student here?

My favorite experience was my May-June term with faculty and 19 other students before my senior year. We went to Germany, Austria, Yugoslavia, Italy, Switzerland, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Iceland. I also loved my time spent studying in Philadelphia. My freshman year, I had a really fun cluster and we would go to Pizza Hut at night and get garlic bread with mozzarella cheese for only $1.60!

3. What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to hang out and play with my dogs, I have two Shih Tzus, Mia and Mugsy. I enjoy working outside like gardening and mowing the yard. I also read a lot of fiction, Nora Roberts is my favorite author. I love watching football and watching College Game Day on Saturday mornings with my husband. I also love spending time with my three grandchildren.

4. What is one thing you wish you were really good at?

Speaking Spanish. I wish I could speak Spanish, at least conversationally. Many of my neighbors are native Spanish speakers, and I wish I could meet them where they are and converse in their language.

5. What was the first concert you ever went to?

I saw the Doobie Brothers when I was in 7th grade. We were camping next to these nice ladies who had tickets and offered to take me and a campground friend. They drove us across the state but we could not find our car after the concert, and my dad freaked when we did not get home until super late – thinking the worst because we were out with strangers!

6. Where is one place you have always wanted to visit?

I have always wanted to go to Greece. I have been to quite a few countries in Europe and would also love to back to Ireland – it is so beautiful there.

7. If you could travel time, would you go to the past or the future?

I would go to the past because I would not want to know the future. I would love to see different eras and see what came before. It would help me appreciate more what we have now.

8. What is one movie you have seen multiple times, but never get tired of?

I am a huge Harry Potter fan! I can’t even tell you how many times I have seen all 8 movies. My family and I have even had Harry Potter movie marathons where we watch all 8 movies in a weekend.

9. What is your biggest pet peeve?

Probably passive-aggressive behavior. I would rather have someone be rude and direct vs. the energy it takes navigating whether someone is speaking truths. Some of my favorite clients when I worked in human service were crabby, old men because they always said what was on their mind.

10. What is one thing that most don’t know you have?

That I am a grandparent. Many people think that our grandchildren are our children.  We periodically have all 3 of our grandchildren over and we build forts in the living room and play outside. I always joke that having grandchildren is your reward for not eating your children, but I love being a grandma!

We hope that getting to know our staff members allows others to feel comfortable and encouraged to seek help in the BCCC. Stop on by DeWitt or give us a call at 616.395.7950 to schedule an appointment today!

Get in a Group: Sessions to Help You Navigate Calling and Career

Centered in connecting, Boerigter strives to meet with every student across campus. In this mindset, we are now offering group sessions. This opportunity will allow you to meet in a setting of around 5-10 students to engage in learning and asking questions in a variety of topics. Whether you are in your first year as a Hope student or have a few years under your belt, there are sessions that can likely cater to some of those common questions about resumes, interviewing, and more.


Calling all freshman discerning majors and careers — in an exploratory advising session we will assist you in the process of figuring out what to study and how to explore your areas of interest. If you are thinking of off-campus study or have no clue how to narrow in on a potential major, this session can help you get started with what it means to find and pursue your passions and interests in life.


Internship Overview

Thinking about applying for an internship? Whether you are thinking of summer options or future semesters, it’s important to feel confident about the basics of internship, how to find work specific to your goals, and how an internship can prepare and launch you into your future career. This session is a great start to get you putting your best foot forward and to set you apart from others.



Along with seeking employment comes interviewing, which can be a daunting notion to both those with little and those with plenty of experience in the world of interviews. However, with more knowledge and techniques of how to interview well, you can feel more confident in utilizing your personality and skills in order to feel calm, cool, and collected in your next interview. This session will provide you with an understanding of what it means to display who you are, demonstrate what makes you an excellent candidate, and answer the tough questions with ease.


Networking & LinkedIn

If you are seeking summer employment or looking into future careers, it’s helpful to get your name and face out there for employers to see. This group session will allow you to understand the general process of networking and provide access to alumni in your areas of interest. Additionally, the session will equip you with the tools to use LinkedIn successfully and help you to understand the process of informational interviewing in order to stand out in the networking process.


Personal Statement Preparation

Thinking about graduate school? This workshop will help you get started on one of the first things on the checklist to applications. Personal statements are a way that a graduate school can get to know you, and this session will provide you with an understanding of how to best compose this statement. What to showcase and how to present yourself to a school can be explored within this group process.


Resume & Cover Letter

One of the most basic steps to securing a job is having a solid resume and cover letter. From never making a resume before and having no idea where to start, to trying to hone-in on what can make your cover letter stand out, this group will help point you in the right direction. Resume and cover letter sessions will involve how to properly format each and what information to include. Plus, you will be able to better grasp how to gear your resume and cover letter to the specifc job you’re seeking.

Group sessions will be starting this September. For more information or to schedule yourself into one of these hour-long sessions, please call us at 616.395.7000, or stop by our new location on the first floor of Dewitt.

Get to Know Dale Austin

Meet Dale Austin!

Many of you have met with Dale Austin throughout your college career, whether it was a mock interview, job search appointment, or getting help with graduate school. He has been working with Hope College students at the Career Development Center for 37 years, and will continue to engage with students as our office transitions to the Boerigter Center for Calling and Career.

Dale has answered 10 questions to let us get to know a little more about him:

      1. What is your role at the new Boerigter Center for Calling and Career?
    1. My role in the BCCC centers around working with students in the transition to work or grad school with advice and a range of resources. I will provide coaching on preparing for interviews, conduct mock interviews and provide feedback on personal statements. I will continue my work with employers, recruiting fairs, and on campus interviews. I will also be working with over 15 classes addressing a variety of issues with seniors who are preparing to transition after Hope. 

      2. What is your favorite part about Holland?

    2. One thing that struck me about Holland was the diversity of companies and organizations from manufacturing, to services like banking and other financial services, to the nonprofit. The Holland area is blessed with exceptional business and community leaders who are committed to Holland and its citizens.

    3. 3. What do you like the most about working with students and alumni? 
    4. Students and alumni at Hope are simply delightful people to work with. They are positive, hard working, have a great outlook, and are eager to do what they can to prepare for the future and serve their communities. The beauty about what we do is we have amazing opportunities to make working at Hope a great experience.

    5. 4. What do you like to do in your free time? 
    6. I enjoy spending time with my family (my wife, 3 grown children and their spouses, 93-year-old father, and golden retriever, Sammy.) When I’m not with family, I enjoy reading nonfiction and listening to classical music.

    7. 5. Where is the most interesting place you have traveled to?
    8. I traveled to Iceland last summer. Their natural resources, geography, and giant waterfalls are amazingly beautiful. I look forward to going back.

    9. 6. What is something you wish you knew more about? 
    10. I wish I could have a real-life crystal ball to know with confidence the new opportunities and the new career fields that would be developing within the next 10 years. Additionally, I wish I knew more clearly the impact of artificial intelligence on the workplace and the implications for preparing our students.

    11. 7. If you could meet one famous person, dead or alive, who would it be?
    12. Barack Obama, for whom I have great admiration.

    13. 8. What is the most memorable gift you have ever received? 
    14. Over my time at Hope College, I have received a range of gifts from grateful students, plants, hand carved wooden boxes, a colorful brass plate, to framed pictures, among others.  These are the most memorable!

    15. 9. Who inspires you the most? 
    16. That is a hard question. As I reflect on it, I have been fortunate to have a number of mentors over my life, from my college academic advisor, Stan Walters, to family members, like my 93 year old dad, Vern Austin, to other figures during my time working at Hope College. At the deepest level, it would be my faith in, and relationship to, Jesus Christ, who provides the challenge and the grace for both life and work.

    17. 10. What is the number one piece of advice you can give to Hope College students about entering into a new career/grad school?
    18. Accurately promise and over deliver”: whether in work or graduate school, you will have significant demands on your time, energy and attention. The following steps would facilitate a smooth initial transition: understanding key priorities from your supervisor or graduate school advisor, keeping communication lines open and initiating conversation when needed and protecting your time in ensure that high payoff work/projects get done.

    19. Here at the Boerigter Center for Calling and Career, we want to get to know our students personally and assist them in their career paths. We hope this insight into our career staff members allows students to feel comfortable coming into our office at any stage of their college career.

How do you say the name? Boerigter Center for Calling and Career!

We are a few days away from the start of the 2018-2019 school year! With that comes the launch of the Boerigter Center for Calling and Career! Over the course of the fall semester, a number of new programs and initiatives will be coming to life.

We are incredibly grateful for the support of Hope’s faculty and staff for partnering with us! From the development of our new website, to integration with Student Life and academic programs, to the renovation of our new space in DeWitt – we continued to be blessed by the overwhelming team spirit and Hope hospitality.

We are all looking forward to welcoming our students and building community at the Boerigter Center! Here we go!

Hey First Year Students…We are here for you!

First year students, welcome to the family!
Our goal is to help each student discern, prepare and pursue their calling and career. Read on to find out five easy ways you can interact with our office from day one:
  1. Not sure what to major in? Make an appointment with Amy Freehafer, she can help you explore possibilities based on your career interests.
  2. Are you unsure what to do with your major? Not a problem! Check out our “What Can You Do With A Major In” section on our website, or come in and meet with a career counselor who can assist you in discerning which path is right for you.
  3. Start your resume! Meet with a career advisor to organize previous work experience in order to create a resume. You will learn how to add, format, and adjust your experiences – skills that will help you throughout your college career.
  4. Come in and learn how to four-year-plan. Not only does this help with future organization, but it provides comfort knowing that your four years at Hope will be completed according to plan.
  5. Begin networking early! Meet with Megan Scheldt who can help you with your LinkedIn account and teach you the importance of making connections with people in your intended field.

Ready to take action? Call our office at 616.395.7950 or use the new online scheduling feature on our website! We are excited to meet you and get you started with some great resources.