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All Stuff is Career Stuff

Everything you do at HCCC is related to your career. Isn’t that why you came to college? This page highlights a few resources and ways Career Services can help you on your career journey. 

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Career Services Resources

CareerSpark, HudsonCareer YouTube channel, and Focus2 Career are 3 virtual tools for students to access.
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Our one stop platform that provides students with announcements, resources and connections that enhance employability to succeed in the job market. Click the following to:

Create a profile

Apply to job and other opportunities

Access events and info sessions

Practice virtual mock interviews

Upload your resume for review

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Hudson Career YouTube Channel

Subscribe to our channel and view our videos covering a wide range of career-focused content. From how to create a resume, or nailing an interview, to getting the most out of our resources! We’re constantly pumping out fresh content.  

Career Assessment

Focus2 Career

A self-assessment tool to uncover your strengths and career readiness. Explore majors and occupations you may not have considered that match your personal attributes. Click here for instructions on how to register and get discovering.

 

Stages of Career Development

Success TraingleThere are three basic stages of career development: exploration, readiness, and management. Progression through these stages varies person to person. You can move through them in any order or at the same time. We are confident you will experience the stages multiple times in your journey. Being in college is part of your career journey. Review below to understand more about the three stages and how Career Services can work with you to support you and your career development.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Career Exploration

This stage is for anyone at any age or level of experience who wants to embark on a journey of professional and personal discovery to identify career options. Here are examples of ways you can explore career paths with us:

One of the best places to start is assessing yourself. Assessment may be a formal evaluation or just a conversation with your Career Coach. The ultimate goal is to gain a better understanding of yourself. This is especially helpful if you have no idea what you want to do!

  • Skills Assessment: What are your natural talents and abilities?
  • Interests Assessment: What work activities do you find appealing?
  • Values Assessment: What beliefs and ideas are important to you?
  • Personality Assessment: What traits best describe you and how you go about solving problems?
  • Academic Strengths Assessment: What majors are you good at?
  • Personal SWOT Analysis: What are your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats and how does that inform your career plan?
  • Work Style Assessment: What is your dominant work style and how will this impact your work relationships?
  • Career Readiness Assessment: How developed are your leadership skills, work ethic, teamwork skills, communication skills and problem-solving skills?

Another way to explore career options it to gain hands-on experience. Experience empowers students to make realistic decisions and expand their networks, which is the best way to create future job opportunities for yourself. Experience can be added to your resume, expose you to career paths, and create relationships for references in the future.

  • Volunteer: donate your time for free to help a nonprofit with their mission
  • Internships / Externships: work (paid or unpaid) for a fixed amount of time with a specific learning objective for all types of employers
  • Job Shadow: follow an employee for a day to learn about their job, their company, and their industry
  • HCCC Campus Involvement: Showcase your leadership and creativity on campus:
  • Goldman Sachs Local College Collaborative: Every year, 10 high-achieving students at HCCC are selected to participate in the Local College Collaborative and earn a $1000 stipend! In partnership with 30 other students at 3 other schools and the staff at Goldman Sachs, students work with an employer to solve a business challenge and participate in a series of professional development workshops at Goldman Sachs. It’s a great opportunity to network, gain public speaking experience, cultivate leadership skills, and learn if you like working in a corporate environment. Check out our 2019 and 2020 cohort celebrations!
  • Foundation Internship Program: Ten students every year can participate as an Intern with select partner employers for 150 hours and earn a $2250 stipend.

Much of exploration is simply doing research. If you already have a career objective in mind, do you know the minimum education requirements to get a job? Do you know which major is the best fit for you? The following are examples of topics to research to inform your choices. 

  • Informational Interviews: interview people in the workforce and ask questions to understand their professional journey and how it will inform your next steps
  • Career Paths: understand all of the steps required from education to experience to get into your field of interest
  • Choosing a Major: find the major that aligns with your goals
  • Identifying a 4-year college: identify potential schools to transfer to that are within your budget and have the major you want

Career Readiness

Career readiness is about increasing your chances of getting a job now. Your image is reflected in all of your application materials – and employers are making a judgment call about you. Our job is to make you shine and expand your access to opportunities.
  • Resume: the single most important document every application requires (yet is only viewed for about 8 seconds!) – it’s the story that explains your experience and technical skills
  • Cover letter: the other important document that no one reads but is still required – it’s the story that highlights your soft skills
  • Professional clothes: these types of clothes can be expensive – we have resources for free clothes for you to keep and wear to interviews
  • Job Search Strategy: having a plan of action and tracking your work and results
  • Interview Skills: first impressions, handshakes, answering questions about yourself – the most under practiced but important performance
  • Interview Follow Up: sending a thank you email to employers within 24 hours is a critical, yet often overlooked, step
  • LinkedIn: think digital resume meets social media
  • Social Media / Digital Footprint: employers will research your online presence; what kind of photos of you are out there?
  • Personal Brand: your unique style, impression, and reputation 
  • 30 Second Pitch: imagine bumping in to a CEO of a company you want to work for on an elevator and you have 30 seconds until you reach the ground floor to make a case for why they should hire you

Employers will either come to campus or host a virtual information session to promote the company and the jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities students are eligible to apply to. This is a chance for you to ask questions and learn more before applying to ensure it’s a fit for your professional goals. Your presence is also a way to promote yourself and stand out as a strong candidate before you apply.

Employers will host in-person or virtual interview events for current vacancies. These companies are a part of the Career Services Team’s professional network and are interested in hiring Hudson County Community College students directly. Leverage our network to get your foot in the door and experience on your resume.

Career Management

Once you have a job or are on your path, the journey never stops. Career management is a set of skills that help you maintain your success and commit to constant development. These are not skills we are born with, but ones we build and refine over time. Some of these skills will be formally evaluated at your job, and some are just for your own well-being.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers identified eight competencies associated with “career readiness” outlined below.

  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving: Exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems … and use knowledge, facts, and data in this process. 
  • Oral/Written Communications: Articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms to persons inside and outside of the organization. 
  • Teamwork/Collaboration: Build collaborative relationships with colleagues and customers representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints. 
  • Leadership: Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals, and use interpersonal skills to coach and develop others. 
  • Professionalism/Work Ethic: Demonstrate personal accountability, effective work habits, integrity and ethical behavior, acts responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind, and is able to learn from their mistakes.
  • Digital Technology: Leverage existing technologies ethically and efficiently to solve problems, complete tasks, and accomplish goals. Demonstrates effective adaptability to new technologies.
  • Career Management: Identify and articulate one's skills, strengths, knowledge, and experiences relevant to the position desired and career goals, identify areas necessary for professional growth and take the steps necessary to pursue opportunities.
  • Global/Intercultural Fluency: Value, respect, and learn from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, and religions. Demonstrates, openness, inclusiveness, sensitivity, and the ability to interact respectfully with all people.

The following are just a snapshot of other skills to develop and refine throughout the course of your life. While it can focus on personal enrichment and growth, it undoubtedly intersects with your career development.

  • Money Management: tracking your expenses and savings and setting financial goals to stabilize your life and build your economic future
  • Goal Planning: developing an action plan with actionable and measurable steps to achieve a specific goal
  • Continuing Education: pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree (and beyond) to meet educational requirements for specific roles and increasing your salary
  • Promotion: actively applying for roles that advance your pay, skill set and competitiveness in the job market
  • Salary Negotiation: having a professional conversation that advocates and makes a case for a higher rate of pay than your role currently offers
  • Work-Life Balance: organizing your life in a way that feels good and meets your physical, intellectual, financial and emotional needs 

We know that this process is long and difficult. We are not just a resource for you but part of your support system. Whether you need to vent your frustrations or ask for general guidance, we are here for you. 

Want to get started?

  • Schedule with a member of the team here.
  • Create an account on Focus2Career to take self-paced career assessments (email us or review our portal page for the access code).
  • Log into CareerSpark with your HCCC email and password to review events and apply to jobs.

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Contact Information

Journal Square Campus
Career Services

70 Sip Avenue, Building A - 3rd Floor
Jersey City, NJ 07306
(201) 360-4184
(201) 581 - 3899 (Text Only)
career@hccc.edu

North Hudson Campus
Career Services
4800 John F. Kennedy Blvd. - Room 204A
Union City, NJ 07087
(201) 360-4184
(201) 581 - 3899 (Text Only)
career@hccc.edu