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!

Career Night!

On Tuesday, November 3rd, The Career Development Center hosted a game show-themed event called “Career Night” at Phelps Dining Hall! Everyone who played the game answered questions about the Career Development Center, winning various prizes donated by businesses in the greater Holland area. It was a lot of fun and a big success!

Here is another team picking out which awesome prizes they want!
Here’s one team checking out the prize table after winning!
Here is a team with their prizes!


The Career Development Center is fully prepared to help Hope Students in their career exploration processes. From certain areas of professional development, to figuring out what a student’s future may hold, we are ready and willing to help guide you. You should check us out! We’re confident you’ll benefit from your visit!

Thank you again to the numerous businesses that made Career Night such a success. We could not have done this without your generosity.

Thank you to the City Delicatessen, Butch’s, Phelps Dining Hall, Pincushn’s, Full Circle, Biggby, Crust 54, Kilwin’s, Karla’s Place, The Tin Ceiling, Teerman’s, Spring Sweet, BAM!, New Holland Brewery, Mizu Sushi, JP’s Coffee and Espresso Bar, JB and Me, Glik’s Men’s Shop, The Good Earth Cafe, the Hope College Student Activities Committee (SAC), Urban Found, Sarafina, Downtown Dogs, Frances Jaye, Lemonjello’s Coffee, Crane’s in the City, Russ’ Restaurants, and 8th Street Grille.