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 under Career Center.

VOCA Counselors Help You Discern Your Unique Calling By:

  • Encouraging self-assessment and conversations about vocation
  • Identifying how unique strengths, talents, and abilities meet community and world needs
  • Providing knowledge, tools, and questions to explore and understand vocation
  • Cultivating curiosity regarding life's possibilities

Vocational Exploration Resources

Research Companies

Additional Resources 


Assessment Tools

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 style reports—exactly the information needed to choose a career!

Clifton StrengthsFinder

The Clifton StrengthsFinder helps individuals identify their top five strengths to help them at work, in their communities, at home, and in their church.

My Next Move

What do you want to do for a living? The O*NET Interest Profiler helps you decide what kinds of careers you might want to explore.


Alumni Services

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 voca@houghton.edu or 585-567-9626.