Join Our CDC Team!

 

Staff Member Megan Fisher and Career Advisors brainstorm about possible CDC events!Looking for an awesome job that will develop you personally and professionally as you work alongside an amazing staff? Apply for a Career Advisor position at the Career Development Center! Current Career Advisors Jessica White and Stephanie Eiler write about their experiences working in the CDC:

Jessica speaks to the CDC’s role in her college career, writing:

There are four major perks to working in this office. The first and most obvious perk is the professional knowledge you gain about planning events, editing resumes, networking, etc. Being able to help your peers better prepare for their life after college is also very fulfilling and another benefit to working here. The CDC professional staff also serve as terrific mentors. They provide excellent advice not only for careers, but for personal matters too (like how to cook spaghetti squash). Finally, the other Career Advisors on your team become your support group too. We have a really fun team and often times I view my co-workers in this office as being a part of my Hope College family. The Career Development Center is arguably the best on-campus office to work for and has definitely played a significant role in my Hope College experience. I would highly recommend applying to be a Career Advisor, come be a part of the family!

Stephanie also comments on her time spent working at the CDC, as she writes:

I have loved my time as a Career Advisor this year! I have gained so much useful and important knowledge from this role that will translate well when looking for jobs after Hope. Amy and Megan, our supervisors, really take the time to get to know you and want to help you grow personally as well as professionally. I would highly recommend this position for anyone who is wanting to learn more about themselves and how to grow as a young professional. Having the opportunities to manage various projects and assist with campus events is something I’ve really enjoyed doing.

Career Advisor Sarah Carpenter assists Hope College student with Drop-In resume reviews.

Applications for Career Advisor positions will be posted in Jobstop on Wednesday, February 17th. If you don’t have a Jobstop account or aren’t familiar with that website, here’s the link: Jobstop. Applications are due by 5:00pm Monday, February 29th. If you have any questions, call us at 616-395-7950.

Don’t miss out on applying for this great on-campus job with so many opportunities to offer!

New Year, New Career!

If you’re like most college students, your Christmas break was likely filled with family and friends who lovingly asked questions like “So, what are you studying? What can you do with that major? What are you going to do after college?” targeting some undetermined and sometimes frightening topics. They can cause you to stand there, stammering to find an answer, and anxiously looking for a quick way to change the subject.

Luckily, those questions don’t have to be scary, and you can easily provide answers for all of them! Come to the Career Development Center (CDC). No matter where you find yourself in your career exploration process, we are here to help you.

Looking for a fun summer job? The CDC is hosting a Summer Camp Fair on January 20th, from 11:00am-2:00pm in Maas Auditorium. This is a great opportunity to network with numerous camps, located anywhere from right here in Holland, to Warwick, New York.

Hope College first-year student and devoted counselor at Covenant Harbor Bible Camp (which will be represented at the Fair) commented on her employment experience, saying,

“It doesn’t feel like a job to me. It’s an incredible way to spend your summer! It’s super rewarding, and you build a great community among your staff members.”

Come as you are, no resume needed! For more information about the event and a full list of the camps attending the fair, click on the following link: Summer Camp Fair Information

 

The CDC has also created an event discussing important steps during the transition between Hope and “The Real World” called From Hope to Hired. Kevin Deane from the Image Group will offer tips on finding a job, CDC Career Counselor Megan Fisher will discuss how to effectively network with people in your field, and CDC Director Dale Austin will highlight how to prepare for interviews.  The event will be held from 7:00pm-8:30pm in the Martha Miller Rotunda. No pre-registration or outside preparation is required. See you there!

Lastly, don’t forget to stop by and see us at our office, located on the first floor of the Anderson-Werkman building! Set up an appointment with our front desk, or call us at 616-395-7950. We also hold Drop-In Hours from 3:00pm-4:30pm every weekday for ten minute appointments and reviews.

We look forward to working with you this semester!

Steps to a Successful Interview

Dale Austin conducting a mock interview.
Dale Austin conducting a mock interview.

How do you sell yourself to a company and answer difficult questions about yourself and your experiences? Interviews can be overwhelming, whether it’s for a full time job, internship, or on-campus role. However, interviews are also incredible opportunities to reflect on your strengths and unique abilities when applying your experiences to a given role. Most importantly though, an interview is a great chance to be yourself and have a conversation about how you may fit with an organization. Dale Austin, the director of Career Development, splits interviews into three pillars:

  • Practice the Process
    • Put in work ahead of time and understand the process. Know and understand the organization and role. Do your research and know the job description inside and out.
    • Schedule a mock interview with a staff member at the Career Development Center.
    • Use Interview Stream, an online resource that can be found through Jobstop. It’s an automated question and answer system that videotapes you through your webcam and allows you to re-watch your interview. You can also use Interview Stream on your phone if it has a camera. It’s a free system and there are various question sets, dependent on your major or area of interest! Simply login to Jobstop and you’ll find the Interview Stream icon on the left side of the webpage. Click here to login and get started with Interview Stream: Jobstop Login 
  • Have Confidence
    • When an employer realizes you’re confident in yourself and your abilities, seeing that you know you would be a great fit, he or she will make that connection. 
    • Know yourself and be authentic. Reflect on your background, values, and experiences to build a connection between you and the company.
  • Take Examples from your Experience
    • Understand how your experiences have shaped you. Be able to give concrete examples of how they apply to the role or organization.
    • Context, action steps, and results. Offer the context and background surrounding your experience, the steps involved, and the overall outcome.

Once you take the time to go through these three pillars and fully understand them, you will be in great shape to wow whatever organization with which you are interviewing! Lastly, don’t forget to send either a thank you note or email to follow up with an interview. If you’re looking to schedule a mock interview or want to learn more about interview prep, please call our office and schedule an appointment at (616) 395-7950, or stop in for a drop-in appointment between 3:00pm-4:30pm any weekday. We can’t wait to work with you!

Getting Started with the Career Development Center!

Welcome to the Hope College Career Development Center Blog! This blog is designed to help you as a Hope College student or graduate learn more about all the Career Development Center (CDC) has to offer, from upcoming events, to tips for your career exploration process, and everything in between!

A silly picture of the CDC staff!

What am I going to do with my life?!

Some people come into college knowing exactly what they want to do with their lives, and some people (maybe you) have absolutely no clue. Contrary to what you might think, that’s okay! We want to assure you that it’s normal to be a little unsure as you discern what career path you want to follow. The truth is, most people (adults included) are still trying to figure that out! The best thing to do is explore any and all possible career options. Career exploration shouldn’t be some terrifying task you want to avoid, but a rewarding adventure that will help you learn more about yourself. Be patient with the process and be patient with yourself. Most of all, don’t be afraid to ask for help!

A great first step is to head over to the Career Development Center, located on the first floor of the Anderson-Werkman building. Our team consists of several student Career Advisors (CAs) and staff members who are eager to help you with this new endeavor!

Meet the Staff!

Dale Austin is the CDC director, and provides individual workshops and advising in regards to job search issues, cover letters and resumes, interview preparation, and graduate school planning.

Jena Szatkowski, the assistant director, is your go-to for any and all internship assistance. She also assists with mock interviews and resume and cover letter review.

Sarah McCoy is the CDC program director, and deals with employer relations and engagement, coordinating discipline specific programs that integrate curricular and co-curricular activities.

Amy Freehafer, a career counselor, can help you understand your personal strengths (as she oversees the StrengthsQuest program on campus) and explore the careers that might be right for you through her use of personality and career assessment tools and resources.

Shannon Schans is another career counselor who also specializes in reviewing StrengthsQuest results and helps students develop their resumes and cover letters. She also facilitates career modules for First Year Seminar classes.

Megan Fisher is a career counselor who deals with networking. She helps prepare for various career fairs and networking events, explores the use of social media in the job search process, and helps students connect with Hope alumni or other professionals for informational interviews or job shadowing.

Elizabeth Bocks is the office manager. She maintains the office’s web page, assists with on-campus recruiting and career fairs, and basically keeps the CDC office running smoothly and efficiently!

How do I start?

Schedule an appointment with the CDC! For more information about who we are, what we do, and all we have to offer, please call us at (616) 395-7950, or visit the Hope College Career Development Website. Our office is open from 8:00AM-12:00PM and 1:00PM-5:00PM Monday through Friday.

We also hold Drop-In Hours every weekday from 3:00PM-4:30PM. These hours are perfect for short, last minute appointments regarding resume and cover letter review, interview prep, networking, and any other questions you might have. There will always be several Career Advisors and at least one staff member ready to assist you.

No matter what stage you’re at in your career exploration process, you can benefit from a visit to the Career Development Center! We look forward to seeing you soon!

Our office, located in Anderson-Werkman!
Our office, located in Anderson-Werkman.

Welcome to the Career Development Center!

Welcome to the Career Development Center’s blog!

The purpose for this blog is to showcase the services of our office, as well as to give our readers a look into a different professional development topics every week. Our hope is that you will be connected to our office in new ways. We want to shed light on a variety of topics related to your success as a professional in the working world.

Meet our team/the writers:

Career Advisor Kaysee!

 

 

Kaysee Stevenson is a senior from Three Rivers, MI and is finishing up her degree in Psychology with a Sociology minor. She plans to continue her education next year, pursuing a Master’s of Education in the College Student Affairs Leadership program. Kaysee enjoys Vienna and everything about it, hammocking, long chats with friends, not running (haha!), and finding deals/bargains! Her top 5 Strengths are: Adaptability, Empathy, Woo, Positivity, and Developer. This is her second year as a Career Advisor.

 

 

 

Career Advisor Steph!

 

 


Stephanie Herder
is a senior from Portage, MI, studying Accounting with the plans of working as an auditor at a public accounting firm in Grand Rapids after she graduates. Steph enjoys baking (and eating), camping, running, ultimate frisbee, and a good book. Her top 5 Strengths are: Harmony, Positivity, Restorative, Input, Includer. This is her third year as a Career Advisor.

 

 

 

 

Career Advisor Sara!

 

 


Sara Yockey
 is a senior from Farmington Hills MI, studying Business Management, with the hopes of pursuing a career in marketing or account management. Sara enjoys skiing, reading, pinterest-ing, baking, traveling, running, and a really good meal! Her top 5 Strengths are: Adaptability, Belief, Input, Developer, & Positivity. This is her first year as a Career Advisor.

 

 

 

 

 

Joelle Fundaro is the staff supervisor for the blog and her primary role is to help students developing a networking strategy to explore careers. This may include identifying Hope alumni or other professionals to connect with for informational interviews and job shadowing. She attended Western Michigan University with a Degree in Special Education (EI and LD) and received her Master’s degree in College Student Personnel at Bowling Green State University. As a career counselor, she enjoys helping students articulate their skills, values, and interests as related to their future careers.

Info about our office:

The Career Development Center (CDC) has a team of seven career staff members and an office manager. A team of 10 Peer Career Advisors also works within our office.

Dale Austin is the director of our office and has been working in this office for over 30 years. He is the person you would want to talk to about life after Hope and the job search, mock interviews and elevator pitches, as well as personal statement assistance and other graduate school help.

Jena Szatkowski is the assistant director of the office and is in her third year working at Hope College. She primarily focuses on internships: planning and research, off-campus internship programs, registering for an internship course, etc. However, Jena also does mock interviews and will review your cover letter and resume.

Sara McCoy is the program director of the office and is in her fourth year with the Career Development Center. She currently works out of the Department of Economics and Business as a way to connect their office with the Career Development Center. She assists the office with employer relations and engagement, coordinating discipline specific programs that integrate curricular and co-curricular activities.

Amy Freehafer is in her third year as a Career Counselor in our office. She is a Hope College alumna, and she would be the person you would want to talk to about our different assessment tools (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory, and StrengthsQuest), career exploration and planning, resume and cover letter review, among other things. She also co-supervises the Career Advisor team.

Carolyn Clayton is one of the newest members, as this is her first year at Hope College. You would also talk with Carolyn about different assessment tools, developing resumes and cover letters, and she has done a lot of outreach on campus, especially regarding StrengthsQuest and processing with groups and teams.

Libby Bocks is the office manager for the Career Development Center and has served that role for over 20 years. She manages our office’s webpage and calendar of events, providing support for on-campus recruiting and career fairs, and handles all the other little details, so that the office runs smoothly.

Come See Us!

We offer many services to our Hope College students and alumni. Drop-in hours are very beneficial and effective; they are from 3:00-4:30pm and we have one staff person and a Career Advisor available to talk with you about resumes and cover letters, interview preparation tips, networking strategies and other questions.

Our office is located in Anderson-Werkman on the first floor and we are open from 8:00am-noon and 1:00-5:00pm. Come see us!

Your feedback and comments are welcome! Let us know about your personal experiences with our office, what you think of the blog, and we may even ask YOU to be a guest writer! We hope you will subscribe to our blog and continue looking for posts in the future that help you grow personally and professionally!