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 also have access to Candid Career, an online platform with hundreds of professional informational interviews to give you even more insight into the careers you’re interested in.
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 for, 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.
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 with employers and alumni (typically in January)
- 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. Schedule an appointment with a member of the Career Development staff to learn more about internship options, or visit our online job board Hiram CareerNet to find positions posted just for Hiram Terriers!
If your internship is unpaid or underpaid, Hiram College has several internship funding opportunities for eligible internships. In 2019-2020, Hiram College was able to provide over $130,000 to students for unpaid or underpaid internships. Please visit our internship funding page for more information!
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). This year (2020-2021), we will be awarding 40 suit scholarships to Hiram College students. Information will be sent out about the suit scholarship application process via email.
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.
- 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.
- Career Fair – The Hiram College Career Fair takes place once per year in the Spring. During our Career Fair, we have approximately 35 employers that hire students and alumni from all Hiram College majors. During the Career Fair, we also provide free professional headshots to students for their LinkedIn page!
- 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Graduating? Time to Make Plans!
Four years goes by fast and all of a sudden, graduation is here. Wondering what you should do now? Remember – your first job may be a chance for you to explore new interests and get experience. 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. Besides meeting with a member of the Career Development staff, check out Hiram CareerNet to find full-time positions! The Office of Career Development also offers two one-credit courses on getting into graduate school and finding a job post-graduation.
Interested in seeing what previous Hiram graduates have done post-graduation?
View the full First Destination Survey.