Bristol Community College

Bristol Community College
http://bristolcc.edu/

Services for faculty and staff

Career Services and all academic departments at BCC share a similar mission: to prepare our students for meaningful and productive careers when they graduate. So, regardless of whether our students are gearing up for more schooling or the workplace, they will benefit from our shared vision and collaboration.

How Career Services Can Assist Your Department and Students

  • Career Counseling. Our career counselors can help your students explore their chosen major in depth and learn how they can prepare for professional success in terms of attaining the necessary education and skills. Sessions can also include discussions relating to résumé writing, interview preparation, successful job search strategies and techniques, and similar topics.
  • Career Planning. Students may utilize our online tools to identify their interests, skills, and values and, based on the results, explore occupations and career paths.
  • Classroom Presentations. Our staff can provide classroom presentations on a variety of topics that can be tailored to specific disciplines. Topics include: Career Exploration, Personality Style and Career Choices, Exploring SIGI-Plus, Résumé Writing, Developing Interview Skills, Job Search Resources and Techniques, and Navigating a Job Fair. (To schedule a presentation, please call Pat Condon at ext. 2228.
  • Job Search Assistance. Your students may sign up for our Jobs Bulletin to receive job postings, develop a résumé, learn about recruitment events, explore occupations and industries, ask questions of our staff via our blog, and much more.

How Your Department Can Assist Career Services

  • Refer students to Career Services for career counseling, résumé critiques, interview preparation, job search assistance. We also encourage referrals to our workshops that are listed on our calendar.
  • Help us market our services by encouraging students, employers, and faculty members to visit the Career Services website, including our calendar.
  • Refer employers to Career Services, encourage them to consider BCC as a resource to find talent by listing jobs through our online form, participating in a job fair, setting up a recruitment table, or working with Career Services staff to organize a presentation, conduct on-campus interviews, and other options via our Employer in Residence program.
  • Help us expand our employer network by sharing your contacts. Consider sharing your Advisory Board directory with us so we may share how they (or someone they refer) can post jobs and recruit staff at BCC
  • Help us distribute our job postings to current students and alumni.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Faculty, Staff, and Program Chairs

I am interested in scheduling a classroom presentation. What do you offer and how can I arrange it?
As stated above, our staff can provide classroom presentations on a variety of topics, including Career Exploration, Personality Style and Career Choices, Exploring SIGI-Plus, Résumé Writing, Developing Interview Skills, Job Search Resources and Techniques, and Navigating a Job Fair. Presentations typically range from 15-50 minutes, depending on the topic and faculty member’s preference. To schedule a presentation, please call Pat Condon at ext. 2228.

Can Career Services or a faculty member prescreen candidates for an employer?
To avoid potential issues around discrimination, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) discourages career services staff from making choices for employers for various legal and ethical considerations. NACE warns that “once career services staff or a faculty member participate in the selection process, they may have to justify the criteria upon which the screening was based, just like an employer or an employment agency.” Click here to read the article.

What should I consider when providing references to students?
The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) offers faculty and college administrators a comprehensive list of tips on this topic. Click here http://www.naceweb.org/public/reftips.htm] to view them

Can you provide a sample reference letter?
NACE offers a faculty reference sample on their website.

What should I do if an employer informs me that he/she wants to hire staff at BCC?
Please refer all employers to our Job Placement office. It is imperative that employers are made aware of the full range of available services as well as our recruitment policies and procedures. Job Placement can be reached at ext. 2594 or by emailing Jeffrey Craig, Coordinator of Job Placement.

Students often ask me about career paths, projected jobs, salaries, etc., in my industry. I understand that Career Services can direct students to this information; however, where can I find this information should I wish to discuss it with them?
There are many reputable websites that offer information on occupations, careers, and salaries. Please see the Resources section on this page for some suggestions.

Please feel free to contact us with your questions, comments and concerns by calling ext. 2959.

Resources

Guidelines for Helping Students

Occupational/Career Research

Salary and Compensation Guidelines and Calculators

  • National Association of Colleges and Employers
  • State Stats
  • Riley Guide