Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do you charge fees for career planning services?
A: No, the services provided by Career Development are free to Hiram students including vocational testing, counseling, and workshops.
Q: When should my student begin to use the Career Development resources?
A: The Career Assistants talk to first semester students about career planning. Students are invited to visit our office, 101 Hinsdale Hall, to use our resources whenever they have questions about choosing majors, identifying careers, or looking for internships.
Q: How can my student make his/her major most marketable?
A: Students thrive when they choose a major that interests them. If that major does not provide them with clear career direction, there are several things they should do: identify their transferable skills --the skills they have gained from their total education and work experience--and test those skills in summer jobs, research, or internships. These experiences will open doors to career goals. Taking a cluster of courses such as marketing, communications or computer science may also give them additional marketable abilities. Finally, learning to use a computer and other technology effectively helps a student find a more responsible job.
Q: Do you help students locate internships?
A: The Director of Career and Academic Development, Heather Balas, and the student's major advisor will assist a student in finding appropriate internships and how to apply for them. Students are encouraged to talk over their goals with their advisors to learn departmental policy and then to use the resources of Career Development to locate internships, learn to write a resume and cover letters, and prepare to interview.
Q: What careers do Hiram graduates choose?
A: Between 20-30% of every graduating class chooses a career that requires them to attend graduate or professional school; many others - perhaps as many as 50% - are in graduate school during their first five years after completing their undergraduate degree. They enter wide-ranging fields from ecology to environmental economics, business, medicine, law, and children's literature. Other graduates work in business, government, social services, and education.
Q: May parents visit the Office of Career Development?
A: Parents and guests are welcome to visit our office in 101Hinsdale. We are open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and at other times by appointment.
As parents, you may have questions about career development for liberal arts students. Please see the articles we have collected for a variety of interesting discussions.
- Parents' articles are available on JobWeb
- The Career Planit library contains many articles students find informative.
- The National Association of Colleges and Employers features a topical article each week.