Bristol Community College

Bristol Community College
http://bristolcc.edu/

Frequently asked questions

Where is the Career Center located?
We are located on the 2nd floor of Commonwealth College Center (G-Building) in G-220.

What are your hours?
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursdays: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Do I need an appointment?
Because we strive to provide the best possible service, we encourage students to make an appointment so we can reserve the necessary amount of time.

How may I schedule an appointment?
Appointments may be scheduled in person or by calling ext. 2959. Should you call after hours, please leave a message and we will call you back to schedule your appointment.

Who is eligible for services? Is there a fee?
All current BCC students and alumni are eligible for services, free of charge.

What services do you offer?
We offer services, programs and resources to educate students about how to:

  • explore career options
  • research college majors
  • develop effective résumés and interview techniques
  • research employers, occupations and industries
  • conduct effective job searches, including how to market your skills to employers
Our services include:
  • one-to-one career counseling sessions
  • workshops (open- and classroom-based)
  • résumé critiques
  • mock interviews
  • job search assistance
  • job fairs and other on-campus recruitment events
  • maintaining a resource library of career-related books and DVDs

What is career counseling?
In short, career counseling provides an opportunity for you to sit down with a career counselor to explore your interests, personality style, motivations values, and talents with the intent of identifying a well-defined career path. This information can be used to help you research careers, college majors, and vocational programs using our free career exploration tools, which provide accurate, reliable information. Once you identify a potential career, you can also research educational requirements, salaries, labor market information, and much more.

What are career interest inventories?
Career interest inventories are designed to assist you in learning more about yourself and generating career and education/training options. Interest inventories are not “tests” as there are no wrong answers; they simply measure your likes and dislikes and provide a snapshot of who you are at any given time. Interest inventories are completed online with results delivered in the context of a counseling session so the counselor can address your questions or concerns.

Can I have my résumé and/or cover letter critiqued?
Yes. We offer 15-20 minute “critique” sessions where our counselors can review your recent draft(s) and provide feedback.

I need a resume. Where can I start?
As a first step, we highly recommend that you attend one of our résumé writing workshops so you can gather information and develop a draft. . Once you learn the basics and prepare a draft, we can provide a 15-20 minute feedback session. To schedule a résumé critique session, please call ext. 2959. We recommend that you start developing your résumé at least six months prior to completing their program so you are prepared to begin your search as soon as (or before) your graduate.

Can Career Services place me in a job?
Our mission is to bring students and employers together by offering opportunities for students to network with employers, informing students of local job opportunities and job search resources, and helping students develop the skills needed to effectively market themselves to employers. So while we cannot “place” you in a job, we can create conditions where you are aware of job opportunities and have the skills and resources needed to increase your chances of finding suitable employment upon graduation.

How do I find a job on campus?
On-campus jobs—also known as “student employment” or “work study”—are coordinated by the Financial Aid office. Please call ext. 2515 to learn more.

Can I sign up for an internship?
Cooperative Education can assist you with internships. Their office is located in K122.
You may want to contact them at ext. 2407.

Do you offer job fairs?

Yes. We coordinate two job fairs each spring—one of which focuses on our clinical health science programs. We also host several employers each year that set up recruitment tables (typically in the G-Building Lobby) to collect applications and discuss career paths. Because we add new events throughout the academic year, we encourage you to check our calendar on a regular basis.

I've never done a job search before. Where do I start?
We encourage you to begin preparing for your job search strategy well before graduation. Typically, we encourage students to attend a few workshops at the beginning of their last semester. We offer workshops on a variety of topics that will help you develop the skills to market your skills to employers, practice interviewing, and network with employers through job fairs and other recruitment activities. To view a list of upcoming workshops and recruitment events, please visit our calendar. You may also stop by our office to pick up some handouts on various topics and, depending on your needs, schedule an appointment with a job placement coordinator or career counselor. You may also call ext. 2959 to make an appointment.

Please feel free to contact us at ext. 2959 with your questions or concerns.