The Job Coach (FAQ)
- Where is the Career Development Center office?
- What kinds of services do you offer?
- What is Hawk Career (formerly ACES) and what does it do?
- I feel overwhelmed. Where should I start?
- Do I need a resume to go to the drop-in hours?
- Should I go to Career Development Center even if I don't know what I would like to major in?
- Should I go to Career Development Center even if I don't know what I want to do after graduation?
- When is a good time to start searching for an Internship?
- My mom wants me to major in business but I love history. What should I do?
If you have a question that is not addressed below, please contact the Career Development Center.
1. Where is the Career Development Center?
We are located on the first floor of the Roger and Francine Jean Student Center Complex. Stop by and meet us when you are in the area. We are very friendly!
2. What kinds of services do you offer?
The Career Development Center has many different programs. First, we have drop in hours on Tuesday and Wednesday 1:00-3:00 and Thursday 10:00-12:00. Next, there are workshops that you can attend. They range from resume help to fixing your LinkedIn profile. You can also use Handshake, our career management system for students. On Handshake you can look for jobs and internships and find a tons of information about professional development topics and more!
3. What is Handshake and what does it do?
Handshake is a tool to help students look for jobs and internships but it also has other information on it. In Handshake the Resources section has "How-tos" on resumes, cover letters, interviewing, networking, strengthening your Linkedin profile and other topics. Students can also find all of the Career Development Center events and can schedule appointments with career advisors.
4. I feel overwhelmed. Where should I start?
Let's start with a conversation. Stop by and see us during drop-in times or schedule an appointment. We can give you some basic things to start working on. Once you break the ice it will be a piece of cake!
5. Do I need a resume to go to the drop-in hours?
No, we are there to meet with you for any reason relating to career planning and professional development. If you want feedback on your resume please bring a hard copy to our office or forward to an advisor prior to a virtual appointment and we will give you feedback on it. Other than that we are happy to chat about any career topic with which you need help.
6. Should I go to Career Development Center even if I don't know what I would like to major in?
Yes! The Career Development Center can support you in the decision making process. Students should major in an area that they are excited to learn more about and fill in the gaps with activities and practical experiences. You should also speak with your academic advisor or visit the Office of Academic Advisement.
7. Should I go to Career Development Center even if I don't know what I want to do after graduation?
You are not alone. Many students know what they are interested in but most don't have definite plans for a career. We like to start with first-year students but we know you are busy and have a lot of priorities to juggle; the earlier that you come talk with us the better. We can determine where you are in the process and can make some recommendations to take the anxiety out of planning.
8. When is a good time to start searching for an Internship?
The more experience that you have the better. Employers are looking for experience so the sooner you can get an internship the better it will look on your resume. Internships can be paid, for credit or volunteer. You cannot do an internship for credit until you are a rising junior but don't let that stop you from exploring internships for pay or as a volunteer. Experience is experience!
9. My mom wants me to major in business but I love history. What should I do?
I am sure that your mom's goal is for you to be happy and successful. However it is your education and it is important that you major in something that interests, motivates and makes you want to learn more. Many Saint Anselm alumni are not working in jobs or careers that are related to their undergraduate majors. Be sure to visit the Career Development Center and let your mom know that you are getting support in the planning process and that you are preparing yourself to be a professional.