Services for Your Student

Frequently Asked Questions

What services does the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education offer my student?

  • A comprehensive Career Development Plan called Pathways
  • Individualized career counseling: assessing interests, skills and values
  • Career Assessments to clarify interests and assist with finding a career fit
  • Access to the Career Network with alumni/parent contacts for informational interviews and networking
  • Professionals in Residence speaker series - Alumni presentations to learn about different career fields
  • Internship/Job search strategies
  • Career Workshops
  • Capability building: resume and cover letter writing, mock interviewing and etiquette techniques
  • Graduate/Professional School advising
  • Winter Break Networking Programs - Trips provided during winter break that allow students to network and learn more about particular industries. All programs are coordinated in conjunction with alum and parent participation as site hosts and speakers. Students can learn about career opportunities and how to prepare for them. Programs that have been provided in the past include: Day on the Hill, NYC Finance Experience, L.A. Media and Entertainment, NYC Advertising/PR Day, Non-Profit Day, and Fashion Day.

When should my student begin to utilize the Career Services Office?

The Career Services office welcomes students from their first days on campus. They are encouraged to begin the Pathways program in their first year on campus.

What timeline should my student follow during their four years at HWS?

1st Year: Become aware of you and the resources around you

  • Start Pathways and begin to fill out the Pathways Workbook
  • Identify and explore your interests, values and skills
  • Develop relationships on campus     
  • Meet regularly with your first-year adviser and meet new faculty
  • Join a campus club of interest or volunteer on/off campus
  • Apply for a work-study position
  • Register on GPS
  • Shadow a professional in a field of interest

2nd Year: Explore and prepare your academic majors and career interests

  • Finalize your academic major
  • Identify at least two career interest areas
  • Research study abroad opportunities
  • Look into internship and volunteer opportunities
  • Brainstorm and draft your résumé
  • Cultivate job related skills such as leadership and teamwork
  • Join professional associations in a field you are pursuing
  • Revisit goals you set for yourself in your first year
  • Find a career related summer internship
  • Conduct an informational interview with alumni/ae in Career Network

3rd Year: Take advantage of the many experiential education opportunities

  • Investigate post graduate options: employment, graduate or professional school or fellowships
  • Take graduate school entrance exams if applicable
  • Attend local job fairs
  • Initiate contact with potential employers through calls, letters and informational interviewing
  • Secure experiential education opportunities
  • Verify academic requirements with your faculty adviser
  • Continue to assume leadership roles on campus
  • Update/revise résumé and write cover letter
  • Visit prospective graduate schools during summer months
  • Tap into your networks and let them know you are actively job searching

4th Year: Execute your career preferences and market your accomplishments

  • Kick your job search into high gear early in the fall term
  • Gather letters of recommendation from faculty and employers
  • Perfect your résumé, cover letter and job hunting skills
  • Participate in the career services recruitment program using Experience
  • Continue to tap into your networks; let them know you are job searching
  • Attend local job fairs and evaluate job options
  • Take graduate exams if you have not already done so
  • Accept job offers or graduate school acceptances

What should seniors do in order to enhance their chances of finding a good job?

Meet with a Career Services staff person to develop an individualized job search plan!

What should students be doing if they are interested in graduate study?

  • Meet with faculty in their discipline and designated advisers to discuss their interests
  • Review our Graduate School Guide
  • Review resources on our webpage to identify relevant graduate programs
  • View websites or send away for literature about schools; visit schools of greatest interest and/or have telephone discussions with department heads
  • Meet with a Career Services staff person regarding your graduate school planning

How can parents help Career Services?

Ways you can support your student

  • Encourage involvement in Campus Activities
  • Listen and be a sounding board
  • Be prepared for change
  • Encourage use of the resources available in the Career Services office and begin the Pathways Program
  • Direct him/her to family and friends in fields of interest
  • Advise him/her to use the resources available on our website and to attend workshops

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