The mission of the Office of Career Services is to support students and alumni through the exploration of professional and educational opportunities for a lifetime of intellectual, social and personal development. To achieve this mission, workshops, events, resources and individual appointments are provided to assist students in defining their career aspirations through self-assessment, evaluation, exploration and internships, preparing them to apply successfully to graduate or professional schools and for employment. These services are available to all students and alumni and include:
Professionals are available by appointment to assist students in planning their short and long-term career goals. Questions such as "What do I want to accomplish in life?", "What are my interests, skills, and values?", "How can I search for employment" and "What should I do to get into graduate school?" are but a few of many questions students may have about themselves or their futures. These and other concerns can be discussed on an individual and confidential basis. In addition, assessment tools are available to assist students in identifying potential careers consistent with their interests. Alumni who are re-entering the job market or are interested in changing careers are invited to use this service.
In an effort to provide students with the opportunity to gain additional experiences in areas of study and to clarify career interest, Hendrix College offers an Internship Program. Coordinated through the Office of Career Services, this program encourages students to apply classroom theories while exploring professional interests. Students must meet with a Career Services professional to complete learning contracts prior to beginning the internship experience. Students who wish to pursue internship experiences for course credit must be sponsored by a faculty member, complete academic study or reports, and invest time equal to the amount of time spent on a regular course offered by the appropriate department. A proposal for course credit can only be approved prior to the beginning of the experience.
Career Services Library
The Career Services’ Library provides resources for students on various topics including careers, graduate schools, financial aid, job seeking and career planning. Job binders are also available with current and up-to-date information on job openings and internships. Magazines and handouts provide information on hiring trends, diversity in the workforce, resume writing, networking and other career-related topics. All of these resources can be borrowed from the library to provide time for full exploration.
Workshops and Events
Prior to scheduling an appointment with a Career Services professional, students who are in need of specific information may wish to attend an educational or training workshop. Throughout the academic year, workshops are offered on topics such as Self-Assessment, Resume Writing, Interviewing Techniques, Dining Etiquette, Choosing a Graduate or Professional School, Choosing an Internship, and Life After Hendrix. In addition annual events are scheduled to connect students with outside resources including a fall Graduate School Expo, a spring Career Fair, and Roundtable Dinners with Alumni.
Information about programs and services provided by the office is accessible 24 hours a day through the Hendrix College home page at www.hendrix.edu/career. The Career Services page also includes resources and links for all services provided through the office. In addition, an on-line resume database and job referral system and an on-line assessment link can be accessed through this site. Information is also provided on the Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) Program, a formalized program developed by the Career Development Committee of the Alumni Board of Governors and the Career Services Office with a goal of connecting alumni of Hendrix College with present students in order to enhance career planning and exploration.
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