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Center for Career Development and Experiential Education

Center for Career Development and Experiential Learning

Apple Resource Center, 301-696-3583

Maura Page, B.A., Event and Recruitment Coordinator

Navigating Your Future

Freshmen + Center for Career Development and Experiential Education = Engagement

We encourage freshmen to volunteer in the Frederick community. This is an excellent opportunity to gain skills and make contacts with future internship or job opportunity sites. The first step is to set up an appointment at the career center.

  • Volunteering is a must! - meet with the community service coordinator
  • Attend a career center program - Community Service Fair
  • Explore “Focus-2” - an online self-directed career planning system on the Center for Career Development and Experiential Education website
  • Visit the career center – explore your options

Sophomores + Center for Career Development and Experiential Education = Discovery

As sophomores, we encourage you to take advantage of Hood’s liberal arts education and explore different disciplines. If you need guidance in determining a major, we have many resources that will be helpful to you. Set up an appointment with a career counselor to discuss your academic plans.

  • Discover new interests – meet with a career counselor
  • Declare your major - meet with a career counselor. Explore “Focus-2” to plan your educational and career goals
  • Transitioning your résumé – develop a college résumé
  • Job, internship and or volunteer online data base, Linked-2-work – sign up!
  • Attend a career center program – Internship 101 and social visionary speaker programs

Juniors + Center for Career Development and Experiential Education = Decisions

Internships are a must for any student. Apply classroom material to the real world through an internship. Our close proximity to Baltimore and Washington, D.C., affords our students many opportunities. Call the career center to make an appointment with our internship coordinator. Remember, you need to plan for your internship one semester in advance!

  • Internships give you an added advantage - meet with the internship coordinator
  • Graduate, medical or law school? – determine your direction
  • Mock interview - practice now
  • Job/Internship/Volunteer online data base, Linked-2-work – update your information
  • Attend a career center program – Job and Internship Fair

Seniors + Center for Career Development and Experiential Education = Action

Now is the time to begin implementing your plans following graduation, whether it be graduate school or a career. Spend the fall semester finalizing your résumé, learning to network, conducting a mock interview and discussing graduate school. The spring semester should be spent attending job fairs, interviewing and securing that job or graduate school acceptance.

  • Job/Internship/Volunteer online data base, Linked-2-work – finalize your credentials
  • Mock interview – with a business leader
  • Sign up for job interviews – available through on campus recruitment
  • Attend Networking Night!

Services offered through the Center for Career Development and Experiential Education

  • Professional career counselors are available to meet with students individually to help clarify direction
  • Career research resources in the career center library and online at www.hood.edu/careercenter
  • Internship coordinator who will assist throughout the process
  • Career assessment to provide focus and direction during the career exploration process
  • Community service coordinator to help students with volunteer opportunities in the local community and beyond
  • Résumé critique service to assist students with compiling an effective résumé and cover letter
  • Mock interviews with community business leaders to provide the opportunity for a “dress rehearsal” prior to an interview
  • Alumni mentoring, offering students access to Hood’s 19,000 alumni world-wide
  • Graduate, medical and law school guidance to assist students with the selection and application process
  • Informative programs and workshops throughout the year – (FBI, Peace Corps, PLEN, Graduate Schools)
  • Annual job and internship fair