Choose a Major or Find a Career
Trying to decide what major or career is right for you? Talk to your advisor, another faculty member, or a Career Development staff member to start planning for your dream career. As a Hiram student, you have access PathwayU. PathwayU is an online assessment tool that takes approximately 18-22 minutes. Students complete four assessments and then are provided with hundreds of career matches that align with their interests, values, personality traits, and workplace preferences. It’s highly encouraged that students meet with an advisor in the Career Center to discuss the platform and their results. We have several other assessments and resources that are available to students who are exploratory when it comes to their major and career path.
We launched a new program in Fall 2021 called Connecting to Career, which is a six-step at-your-own-pace program for exploratory students. The pilot program will be open to 15 students. Email email@example.com to learn more or to schedule an appointment.
Hiram students have access to our online job board, Handshake, which has thousands of opportunities including internships, full-time jobs, and on-campus jobs. Each position posted to Hiram’s Handshake goes through a vetting process and is reviewed by a Career Center staff member. All Hiram students have a profile pre-created for them and will use their Hiram username and password to log in. Make sure to complete your profile to see the most relevant positions to your interests! For more information on how to complete your profile and get started in Handshake, click here.
Resumes and Cover Letters
At Hiram College, we value excellent writing and work to engage you in developing strong skills. Now you will have a chance to use them to write focused resumes and persuasive cover letters! For every job or internship you apply to, you should submit both a cover letter and resume. We can help with both. We host resume workshops throughout the Fall and Spring semesters for students who are looking to create or tweak their resumes. We offer drop in or scheduled resume and cover letter reviews anytime throughout the year. We also have resources for creating a resume and a cover letter, and we can help you whether you’re getting started or just want someone to review your professional documents.
What is the number one skill employers’ value in new college graduates? Good communication skills. Our Hiram College liberal arts curriculum stresses these skills. This is your time to put them to work! Learning to convey your skills, interests, and experiences to a potential employer in a clear confident manner is crucial to a successful internship and job search. Interviewing gets easier with practice so don’t go to an interview without preparing first with a practice interview. Career Development offers:
- Mock interviewing assistance (drop in or scheduled appointments)
- Annual Mock Interviews in the Spring with employers and alumni
- Interviewing etiquette workshops
- Resources on how to interview successfully in-person, on the phone, or via video-conferencing technology
Internships and Internship Funding
Employers and grad schools often want candidates with experience. You need experience to learn about work and to earn money! So where do you get experience? From campus involvement, volunteer work, service learning, but also from summer jobs and internships. We work with a number of employers who provide internships to students on a regular basis.
The Career Center can help you find an internship that will qualify for your Hiram Connect requirement, and we can also provide you with the step-by-step process on how to register your internship for-credit. To see where some of our students have completed internships in the past, click here. Students should also check Hiram’s Handshake to identify and apply to internship opportunities relevant to their interests.
If your internship is unpaid or underpaid, Hiram College has several internship funding opportunities for eligible internships. In 2020-2021, Hiram College was able to provide over $150,000 to students for unpaid or underpaid internships. Please visit our internship funding page for more information!
Hiram Connect is a four-step process that takes place throughout your curriculum. The third step, and the heart of Hiram Connect, is experiential learning. We teach you to make connections between what you are learning in the classroom and what is happening in the world, and that becomes a reality when you intern, study away, or complete a guided research project. Students who are completing an internship for their Hiram Connect experience should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure all of their required paperwork has been completed. If you’re not sure which option to choose, or if you know which option you’d like to pursue but are not sure how to go about it, please contact the Career Center, and we can help you.
Four years goes by fast and all of a sudden, graduation is here. Wondering what you should do now? Most choose graduate school or a career after graduation. You may want to “take a year off” and teach English overseas. We can help you with whatever you decide. We highly encourage all graduating seniors to meet with a Career Development staff member by emailing email@example.com. The Office of Career Development also offers two one-credit courses on getting into graduate school and finding a job post-graduation. We can help with your resume or CV, cover letter or personal statement, understanding the GRE, finding careers that fit your passion, connecting you with employers and alumni in your prospective fields, navigating the online job search, and a lot more!
We have great resources that show what recent and past graduates from your major have gone on to do, helping you identify job titles and employers that may fit your interests! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment or for access to some of the aforementioned resources.
Hiram College students have the unique opportunity of applying for a Suit Scholarship. A Suit Scholarship is $150 that a student receives for interviewing appropriate attire. There is a formal application process that a student must complete to be eligible for a suit scholarship, and they are typically given out at certain events (including the annual Etiquette Event).
Networking and Programming
The Career Center regularly hosts programs, workshops, and networking events throughout the year. Several of our annual events include:
- Etiquette Event – The Career Center, in collaboration with Alumni Relations, hosts an annual etiquette event. Each year’s event focuses on a different etiquette topic. During the event, students have the opportunity to network with Hiram College alumni. In 2018, the etiquette focus was fine dining and in 2019, the focus was networking. In 2020, we hosted a LinkedIn and online etiquette workshop with over 70 attendees, and in Spring 2021 we hosted a virtual interviewing etiquette program. Save the date for our Fall 2021 etiquette event that will focus on first impressions and professional branding. The event will be held on December 7th, 2021 from 6pm to 7:30pm. Keep an eye on your email for more information and registration.
- School Panels and Networking Events – The five Hiram College schools work with the Career Center to plan and host a panel and/or networking event that focuses on the majors and minors offered in their school. During the event, current students get an opportunity to hear from Hiram College alumni about their career journey, and to build their professional networks. These will take place the last two weeks of September in Fall of 2021.
- NOTED – Hiram College participates in NOTED, or the Northeast Ohio Teacher Education Day, Career Fair annually. This event typically takes place on a Tuesday in April at the John S Knight Center in Akron, Ohio. For more information on NOTED, please email Bethani Burkhart at email@example.com.
- Employer Site Visits –Hiram College students have several opportunities to visit employers: to learn more about their internship and full-time opportunities, take a tour of the company’s facility, and to learn more about the company’s culture. Transportation is provided to these site visits.
Among these annual events, the Career Center also plans and hosts several other workshops, including: GRE Workshop, Interviewing Workshop, Mock Interviews with employers and alumni, Resume Writing Workshops, Student Athlete Transferable Skills Workshop, and more! The Career Center also works with student organizations and other departments on campus to offer targeted programming. If interested in learning more about our targeted programming options, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Career Development STDV Courses
Career Center staff teach three for-credit Student Development courses. All of the for-credit courses are 1-credit hour.
- Career and Major Exploration: This course is offered in the Fall to first- and second-year students. In this course, students participate in self-assessment activities to identify their interests, abilities, and values. Students will learn research techniques, which will help to explore career options. This course is specifically designed for students who are exploratory.
- Steps to Graduate School: This course is offered in the Fall to upperclassman. During this course, we examine the important decisions regarding attending graduate and professional school. Students will leave this course with a final plan, an idea of which graduate programs they want to apply to, an understanding of how to research graduate programs, an updated CV, and an updated personal statement.
- Putting Your Major to Work: This course is offered in the Spring to upperclassman. This course prepares students for an internship or job search. We cover how to create a professional LinkedIn profile, resume, and cover letter, as well as job search strategies and interviewing skills.
Online Skills Courses
All Hiram College students have access to five online skills courses, including:
- Creating Professional Documents
- Effective Professional Messaging
- Excel 2016
- First Impressions and Personal Branding
- Leadership Styles
These courses are free to Hiram students and 100% online. Once completed, you’ll earn a badge to include on your LinkedIn profile, and it’s a great addition to your resume! Click here for more information on each skills course. For more information, email email@example.com.
The Washington Center
Hiram College students have the unique opportunity of participating in The Washington Center’s Academic Internship Program in Washington D.C. The program is a full semester, and students can choose to participate in the program in the Fall, Spring, or Summer. During the Academic Internship Program, students will gain real world experience in an internship, participate in professional development through the LEAD Colloquium, and participate in one academic seminar of their choice. The Washington Center works with over 600 internship employers, so there are opportunities for every major. While participating in this program, students will receive academic credit at Hiram College. The Director of Career and Academic Development acts as the liaison to The Washington Center; for additional information on the program contact firstname.lastname@example.org.