The Career Services Mission is twofold: 1. to promote the value of a liberal arts education as it relates to employment, and 2. to contribute to the teaching mission of the college by “preparing students to enter their chosen vocations directly or through further professional or graduate studies.” In fulfilling these purposes Career Services seeks to provide the following:
The knowledge of one’s personal values, goals, skills, interests and personality is fundamental to any wise career choice. Whether selecting courses for a semester, choosing a major, or deciding on a career path, self-awareness is critical. Through a variety of testing instruments and interviews, students are encouraged to expand their vision of career by considering their relationship with God, family, Christian-community and society at large. Practice in making decisions is emphasized.
An understanding of the world of work is essential for finding a place where an individual’s knowledge and gifts can be used. The office of Career Services provides resource materials of career information, internships and summer opportunities, plus information regarding graduate and professional schools. In addition, the office of Career Services homepage provides links to career planning sites on the Internet.
Job Search Resources
The office of Career Services subscribes to a variety of directories and employment newsletters to assist students in locating employment. Referral networks, placement newsletters and cooperative efforts with the Alumni Office regarding resume referrals are some of the ways students registered with the office of Career and Life Planning are informed of employment possibilities. The office of Career and Life Planning homepage is another tool students use to locate employment opportunities. Houghton College has partnered with Monstertrak.com to provide our students and prospective employers with an electronic meeting place.
Job Search Preparation
Learning how to write resumes, application letters and graduate school essays, along with learning to prepare for an interview and how to conduct an effective job search are important skills that require expertise and practice. The office of Career Services provides workshops and skills training in these areas.
Consultation and Networks
The Career Services coordinator serves as a resource person to faculty for classroom presentations and academic advising. Additionally, the coordinator is an active member of the Niagara Frontier College Placement Association, a professional group of career counselors in western New York, which sponsors career fairs for their students and alumni.