Vocational Opportunities and Career Advising
Located in the Fleming-Farver VOCA Center.
The VOCA Center helps students and alumni explore their vocational calling and develop their market readiness.
The VOCA Center encourages students to explore new subject areas and activities to help them discern God’s calling on their lives. Students’ vocational journeys will evolve in exciting ways as they discover their authentic self, explore interests, and develop skills. Counselors are available to discuss students’ vocations and career plans. The VOCA Center offers vocational assessments, to help students discover their interests, strengths and preferences that will aid in choosing a career path.
The VOCA Center provides career information materials, internships and summer opportunities, plus information regarding graduate and professional schools. Jobs and internships are posted on HC Job Shop and the VOCA website provides links to career planning and specialized job search sites. Students are encouraged to job shadow professionals in fields of interest and gain hands on experience in the form of internships and practicums. A cooperative effort with the Alumni Office provides, Houghton Connects, a database of career advisors available for students and alumni. Alumni in the database answer questions and provide career related information regarding their vocational journeys and specific field of work.
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 VOCA Center provides workshops and skills training in these areas.