Career Planning & Employer Services is responsible for two major functions: assisting students with their career education and developing relationships with employers. Our staff provides career counseling and career planning assistance designed to help students in the career decision-making process. Located in A110 of the Richland Campus, we work with students to identify a career goal and build a career plan to enable career success. To achieve these goals, Career Planning & Employer Services provides career assessments, one-on-one counseling, career development workshops and job search assistance.
We encourage students to take advantage of the professional support provided for each step of the career planning process.
Career Exploration and Self Assessments
Career counselors begin the career exploration process by reviewing the results of the students completed career assessment inventory. This inventory is comprised of questions designed to help students identify their unique skills, interests, personality type and values, as a guide to possible career paths. Students may access the career planning assessment online from the convenience of home or in the career center. The assessment takes approximately 45 minutes to complete and can be helpful in choosing a career goal and selecting an academic major.
Career Development Workshops
A regular schedule of career workshops is offered to help students perfect their resume / cover letter writing, develop interview and job search skills. In addition to these recurring core workshops, the Career Center sponsors special programs such as: Mock Interview Fairs, Dress for Success, Dining Etiquette, and Job & Internship Fairs to prepare students for the world of work.
Individual Career Counseling
When students visit Career Planning and Employer Services, their work with a counselor begins with a conversation about why they have come and what they desire to accomplish. Counselors will provide support in identifying appropriate services to assist students in achieving their individual career goals.
Search Assistance: Job, Internship, and Shadowing
A complete list of job & internship postings can now be found online at College Central Network: www.collegecentral.com/pennhighlands. This site is free for all Pennsylvania Highlands Community College students and alumni. The “Employer Directory” is issued annually to provide contact information for employers interested in Penn Highlands’ students for job, internship, & job shadowing opportunities. The directory also includes local wage information and job search website addresses. Job and Internship Fairs are offered regularly throughout the year both on and off campus with transportation provided to select fairs. Please visit the Career Planning & Employer Services tab on the myPEAK portal to view instructions to register for College Central Network and to access a copy of the “Employer Directory”, the annual job/ internship fair schedule, and current volunteer opportunities.
Career Center Resources
The Career Center provides a comfortable computer lab area for students to work independently or with a career counselor to create resumes and cover letters. Software including: “Career Transitions”, “College Central Network”, “FOCUS 2”, and “O*Net” is available for career exploration and occupational research. Students will find convenient “Grab and Go” materials that provide career planning resources for future reference.