Career Exploration & Counseling for Students & Alumni

If you are uncertain about your major or are unclear about the types of occupations you can do with your major, you may benefit from taking assessments to explore career options or schedule an individual career counseling appointment.

FOCUS 2 Career is an online career, major and education planning system that may be accessed at any time free of charge. Students and alumni may register at by using the access code HCCC225. Students may further benefit from a career counseling appointment to review their FOCUS results with the Director of Career Services. 

Current students may schedule a career counseling appointment through Starfish , by calling 315-866-0300 ext. 8457, or by stopping into the Career Services Center located in Suite 302 of the Robert McLaughlin College Center.

Check out these additional sites for career exploration: 

Career Transition

Employment coaches at Herkimer College are here to help you with all aspects of transitioning into the workforce. They can also assist with your search for a part-time job or internship while you are in college.

Current students may schedule an appointment with an employment coach through Starfish, by calling 315-866-0300 ext. 8457, or by stopping into the Career Services Center located in Suite 302 of the Robert McLaughlin College Center.

Check out our services and events to help launch your career.

Résumé Writing Assistance

Students are encouraged to develop a résumé early on to use when applying for part-time employment, internships, preparing transfer applications or scholarship applications. A résumé will be needed when seeking your first career-oriented position.  Career Services can help you craft a solid résumé and assist with any cover letters you may need to write.

Job Postings

All part-time, full-time, internship, nationwide and on-campus opportunities are posted to our online career development system: Handshake.

Be sure to also leverage the career development tools through the New York State Department of Labor.

Early in the fall semester, Career Services organizes a part-time job fair to allow students an opportunity to meet with local businesses that have part-time jobs available.

And in the spring semester, the college hosts local and regional businesses at the annual Career Fair. While geared toward full-time, career level employment, some employers will also discuss part-time, seasonal or internship opportunities. These fairs are excellent networking opportunities to dress for success, bring your résumé, and get a jumpstart on your career.

Herkimer Edge

In addition to working individually with our employment coaches, students can start their professional development through the Herkimer Edge platform.  Here students can complete modules such as the best job search strategies, the interview process or on the job success and can utilize our resume builder or interview simulator.

Applied Learning

Participation in applied learning activities can gain you real world experience outside of the classroom, build your résumé, and build your connections in the workforce. Applied learning covers a broad range of activities such as Internships, Practicum Placements, Fieldwork, Clinical Rotations, and Volunteerism. If your academic program requires an applied learning experience then your faculty advisor or professor can assist you with identifying a placement.

Herkimer students who do not have an applied learning requirement as part of their academic program may obtain assistance with locating opportunities from an Employment Coach located in the Career Services office in RMCC302.  Students may also utilize the following resources to locate and apply for opportunities: