VOCA | Career Planning Resources
For additional resources, please visit the Resource Library in Handshake.
Individual Counseling Appointments:
Counselors are available to talk with you about vocational discernment, choosing a major, career exploration, writing a resume, or finding a job/internship. To schedule an appointment, log into Handshake here and select the "Appointments" tab.
- How to Choose a Major
- Resume Writing
- Cover Letter Guidelines
- Graduate School Planning
- Interviewing Effectively
- Informational Interviews
Vocational Exploration Resources:
Exploring Careers and Researching Companies
- Occupational Outlook Handbook
- O*Net Online
- Top Companies - Fortune Magazine Rankings
- Manta – Information on over 60 million worldwide small companies
- Careers for Students with Disabilities
- Salary Information
- SALT An industry-leading program that gives your students and alumni tools for managing loans and finding scholarships and jobs.
- Fastweb (Scholarship Opportunities)
In addition to individual counseling, assessments are available to aid students in the process of finding out who they are, what they have to offer, and what they can do. Many of these testing instruments relate certain interests, skills, and personal preferences to potential career opportunities. Each assessment takes about 30-40 minutes to complete and results are interpreted and discussed in a personal counseling session. If interested in taking an assessment, stop by or contact the VOCA office or Request an Appointment through Handshake.
Strong Interest Inventory
The Strong Interest Inventory (SII) is the oldest and most reliable of the vocational instruments and is an empirically designed instrument that helps to discover interests, preferences, and personal stylereports—exactly the information needed to choose a career!
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) provides a useful measure of temperament by looking at eight personality preferences that all people use at different times. It describes preferences and can help you identify preferred types of college study and work environments. It takes about 30-45 minutes to complete and results are interpreted and discussed in a personal counseling session.
The Clifton StrengthsFinder helps individuals identify their top five strengths to help them at work, in their communities, at home, and in their church.
The O*NET Interest Profiler can help you find out what your interests are and how they relate to the world of work. You can find out what you like to do. The O*NET Interest Profiler helps you decide what kinds of careers you might want to explore.
A variety of resources for alumni are available. Find a job, hire a recent graduate, or help mentor a current student. For more information on these and more opportunities contact the VOCA Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 585-567-9626.