VOCA Services

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 request an appointment click here.

VOCA Handouts

Following is a collection of VOCA handouts designed to help you get started on your resume, job search, interviews, and graduate school plans. These handouts are also available in the VOCA Center. Please feel free to stop by in person if you have questions or would like more personal assistance.

Career Assessments

Several vocational instruments are available to aid you in the process of finding out who you are and to give you an indication of what jobs and work environments match your interests and abilities.

Career Workshops

  • Job/Internship Search
  • Networking and Social Media
  • Resume Writing
  • Effective Interviewing


Internship experience looks great on your resume, and can often provide the "lead" you need to get a job when you complete your studies.

Graduate School Planning

Continuing your education after Houghton? Is grad school right for me?

Job Search

VOCA subscribes to a variety of directories and employment newsletters to assist students in locating employment. Referral networks, placement bulletins, and cooperative efforts with the Alumni Relations regarding resume referrals are some of the ways students are informed of employment opportunities. 

Visit the Job Preparation page.

On and Off-campus Career Events

Career Services hosts on-campus career-related workshops and events, as well provides transportation to off-campus job fairs and similar events. Workshops are held throughout the school year on topics from resume writing to choosing a major to preparing for GRE and other tests. Annual events we host include a Grad School Fair and a Summer Internship and Employment Day. 

Houghton Connects

Houghton Connects provides the opportunity for current students to connect with Houghton alumni and parents for the purpose of networking and advising during the process of career exploration and job/internship searching.


VOCA is an active member of the Western New York Association of College Career Centers (WYNACCC) and the Rochester Area Career Development Association (RACDA) These two professional groups of career counselors in western New York sponsor career fairs for their students and alumni.

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