Components of Career Connections
1. Exploring the Career Path
Through the Career Connection, you have the opportunity to speak with a Career Connections advisor to begin exploring your possible career options. Advisors are available to offer real world advice and to answer questions about the career. You can also take advantage of the resources in the Career Center to start exploring your interests, strengths and possibilities. Assessment instruments such as the Strong Interest Inventory and Myers Briggs Type Indicator are available to help you narrow your focus to find what you are most interested in doing.
A broad-based education allows you to use specific course work to begin developing an intellectual basis for the field. A liberal arts education, regardless of major, will be helpful in preparing you for the career of your choice. You should work with your Career Connection's advisor, as well as your academic advisor, to arrange a schedule which optimizes your opportunities to build your education and to establish a strong foundation for the field you would like to enter.
3. Co-curricular Activities
There are numerous clubs, organizations and activities that already exist at Hanover that can be useful in building your experience base. There are also countless off-campus activities to help prepare you and to broaden your experiences. Participation in these can give you insight onto your own career interests and can enable you to develop related skills for employment.
4. Internships and Summer Jobs
Would you like to see what the job is really like? Internships give you a chance to explore specific career fields, to gain marketable skills in your career field and to apply the knowledge received in class to actual work situations.
Internships for Credit: Hanover offers the option to earn credit for internship experience. Requirements include a minimum of 160 hours on-site, development of a substantial reading list, and an analytical essay and presentation at the completion of the internship.
Visit our Career Connections FAQ section for more details.
“[My internship] has provided me with a broad-based knowledge of current events and major issues on the continent and in the world. It is a background that has prepared me for graduate school or direct into the conflict. peace and security of the world of work.”
Courtney Hess '09, Political Science Major, allAfrica Global Media
“My ‘work’ at the prison is completely different. I always leave with a sense of accomplishment and knowledge that I’ve done something real. I have learned from my experience this summer that if I choose the right ‘job,’ the ‘world of work’ does not exist at all.”
Travis Perry '09, Philosophy Major, Madison Women’s Correctional Facility
“Working at the Gruenewald Historic House has helped further my historical knowledge and allowed me to work in educational activities. As a soon-to-be graduate, I am quite certain that I will be making the right decision to be a secondary teacher.”
Anna Duquaine '10, History, The Gruenewald Historic House