Getting Started with CCD

By Julie Draczynski '99, Director Employer Engagement

The Center for Career Development (CCD) supports all Holy Cross students through every stage of your career development journey. We can help you identify and clarify your career objectives, put you in touch with advisors, alumni and other professionals who can help you explore career options and equip you to drive an effective internship / job search to land the role that is right for you!

Not sure where to begin? Here are some of the ways students can connect with a career counselor, content and resources.

Career Counseling & Advising: Counselors are available to assist in all stages of career development including self assessment (identifying skills, interests, and values), career exploration (learning about a variety of career fields), decision making, and implementation of internship and job searches. Log in to Handshake and navigate to Appointments to schedule an in-person, video, or phone appointment.

Strong Interest Inventory: The Strong Interest Inventory is a useful assessment tool for students who are still clarifying their career interests or just need some reassurance. Students complete the online assessment on their own and then meet with a counselor to discuss their results. Contact to get started.

Drop Ins: Have a quick question, a resume or cover letter to be critiqued, or don’t know where to start? Stop by the CCD in Hogan 203 for Drop Ins. These are short, 10-15 minute meetings, and no appointment is necessary. Simply stop by the office between 1-4pm and a trained Peer Career Assistant or career counselor will be available to assist you.

Career Communities: Career communities help students to explore career paths, identify and apply to opportunities and cultivate professional networks. You can join as many career communities as you would like via Handshake by navigating to My Career Interests within the drop-down under your initials in the top right-hand corner. Our six career communities are:

Arts, Communications & Media (ACM)

Business, Consulting & Finance (BCF)

Education, Human Services & Non-Profit (EHN)

Government, International Affairs & Law (GIL)

Health Professions & Life Science (HL)

Science, Technology & Engineering (STE)

First Year Student Advising: Trained Peer Career Assistants (PCA’s) are available to introduce first year students to the Center for Career Development’s services and resources. First year students can schedule a meeting via Handshake or see a PCA or staff member during Drop-In hours, Monday-Friday 1pm-4pm.

CCD On Demand: The CCD offers a library of video content including how-to videos, recorded panels featuring alumni, diversity and inclusion content, and videos from employer partners.

Handshake: Use Handshake to view and RSVP to events and workshops, search and apply to internships and full-time positions, schedule an appointment with a career counselor, and access print and digital resources.