The Career Counseling and Planning Center provides on-going services during the entire period of a student's involvement with the University. The Center also offers up-to-date career planning information, assistance with selection of a major field of study, self-assessment and evaluation, individual appointments for career counseling, information sessions from corporate representatives, internships and cooperative education opportunities, job listings, on-line recruiting, mentorship opportunities, and workshops on resume writing, interviewing, job search, dining and dressing for success. The Career Counseling and Planning Center sponsors two career fairs, one graduate school day and endeavors to ensure that students' career aspirations are in sync with the jobs available to them upon graduation. All Center services and programs are also extended to alumni.
Outside of academia, the department chairpersons have many resources at their disposal to keep current on the job market trends. They assist students with job search strategies and ensure that students are well prepared for the workforce. Successful students are those who have taken the initiative to stay in touch with the Career Center, participate in career fairs and other extra curricula activities and have participated in some volunteer service. This type of networking brings different kinds of exposure and opportunities.
The Hampton University Career Counseling and Planning Center receives unsolicited financial gifts from employers that recruit here. It is also worthy to note that other schools and employers have invited the expertise of staff members for presentations or participation in programs. Most recent requests in 2010 are from Smithfield, VA Middle School presentation on careers at its career fair, Thomas Nelson Community College's request to present a dining skills workshop and the Office of Congressman Bobby Scott's request to present workshops on resume writing and interviewing at his career fair.
The mission of the Career Counseling and Planning Center is to support academic programs and to provide services that assist students and alumni in developing, evaluating and implementing career plans that lead to employment and lifelong personal development. The Center is the liaison between the students, alumni, corporations and government agencies. All resources are employed to facilitate and enhance the student's professional development. The Career Counseling and Planning Center's mission is consistent with the University's through commitment to the preparation and promotion of learning, character building, leadership skills and service. For this process, students are provided workshops and seminars in dining etiquette, image enhancements, and general topics that will prepare them for workplace experiences presented by the Center's staff, businesses and corporations. These services are open to all students and alumni.
Businesses are invited to present information sessions and seminars or other recruitment events. Please contact the Career Center at 757-727-5331 for more information.
The Center is located at 2 Frissell Avenue on the campus of Hampton University.