December 6, 2016

The CDC means resources

The Career Development Center (CDC)

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In honor of November, which was National Career Development Month, advisors at the Career Development Center highlighted their favorite tools and resources. The six listed below can give you a serious leg up in your job or internship search.

Suit Yourself

Need a professional outfit? Borrow one from our Suit Yourself closet, which is free for current Mount Holyoke students — you only pay for dry cleaning. Stop by during walk-in hours.

Karen Miller, assistant director and manager of alumnae and community engagement, is a big fan of the program. “Every day I meet students who want to present themselves in the best way possible during interviews for internships and jobs,” she said. “For those who don’t own a suit, Suit Yourself is a great option that can have a big pay-off.”


MBTI Personality Assessment

Which work settings, careers, and academic fields might be a good fit for you, based on your unique blend of traits and preferences? This quick test supplies some answers and insight and is free for Mount Holyoke students when accessed through Handshake.

“The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is a great tool to understand yourself a little bit better,” said Ju Hong, assistant director of career advising and an MBTI-certified counselor. “It can be very powerful to learn about your personality type and how your natural preferences shape the way you interact, communicate, and organize the world around you.”


What Can I Do With This Major?

The site What Can I Do With This Major helps you explore majors and search for information, jobs, and internships in your possible career paths.

Kelly Woods, associate director of career advising, loves this versatile resource. “The diversity of topics and majors to explore on this site is great. They are not just MHC ones. The site allows students to look for themes within their interests and to really begin to see overlapping ideas. It also includes links to related professional associations, additional industry resources, and targeted sites for job postings.”


Art Search

Thinking of a career in the arts? Learn more about arts-related jobs and internships in a wide range of fields—and start searching—with Art Search. This tool is free for Mount Holyoke students when accessed through Handshake.

“Art Search is my go-to resource for comprehensive industry research and company information,” said Dyanne Rousseau, program manager. “It provides grant and advocacy information and, for instance, allows users to perform advanced research on member theaters to help you find essential information about people, productions, and salary information.”


Big Interview

To get the job, you need to ace the interview. Now, and at many future points in your life. Experts estimate that current college students will hold 10 to 15 jobs over the course of their lifetime. The Big Interview online program, which is free for MHC students and alumnae, will help you crush interviews with aplomb.

“Interviewing takes lots and lots of practice,” said Rousseau. “If you’re doing it right, you’re never really finished. There’s always something to improve. From beginning to end, Big Interview is a dynamic interview preparation tool that is easy to use anywhere and anytime. It’s complete with helpful tips to answer the toughest interview questions.”

The CDC staff

Career advisors are available all year round, Monday–Friday. Call 1-413-538-2080 to schedule an appointment. Or during the academic year, stop by from 2:00 to 4:30 pm for a quick check-in.

“We have a team of people with a wealth of experience in a wide range of fields and organizations,” said CDC Director Liz Lierman. “We’re all deeply committed to MHC students and to helping them achieve their goals.”

Fact: The list above is only the tip of the iceberg! Head over to the CDC during walk-in hours to learn more about the dozens of resources just waiting to be explored.

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The Career Development Center (CDC) supports students as they explore their interests, refine their paths, find opportunities and prepare for life after college. To advance Mount Holyoke College’s curriculum-to-career experience, The Lynk, the CDC works closely with faculty, alumnae and employers to create and promote opportunities for experiential learning and full-time employment. The CDC offers personal appointments year-round and daily walk-in sessions during the academic year.
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