At Beacon College, students have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience that supports them in defining career goals. Internships in the local community help students understand their strengths and how they relate to career choices. Investigating options and exploring appropriate career choices maximizes strengths while minimizing weaknesses and contributing to a successful transition from college.
In the Career Development Program, students develop a transitional plan while taking courses in culture of the workplace. This action plan is an important part of determining a student’s career path. Some students may also develop a transitional plan for graduate school and are assisted by an academic advisor in finding the graduate program that best suits their professional and educational goals.
Internships are required of all students during their time at Beacon College. The internship program is monitored by the Career Development Center and is performed in conjunction with required Career Development courses. Students complete volunteer/internship hours during summer and other break times, or may be placed at local employers for the semester in order to receive on-the-job training. The employers also complete a pre and post evaluation to measure students’ knowledge, skills and abilities from the beginning to the end of each placement.
- Job Transition
Beacon College instructors are also Transition Job Coaches with offices located within the Career Development Center. Transition Job Coaches work with students individually and in the classroom for the purpose of successful student transition from school to society. The program not only assists students in finding employment but also builds their social and professional skills through consistent and repetitive skill-building exercises and instruction specially designed to enhance appropriate workplace socialization and communication.
- Career Fairs
As part of the Career Development Program, students visit area career fairs to practice the skills they have learned in the classroom and to network and see what possibilities are available in the region. In April 2015, the first on-campus career fair was held, and it is anticipated that these events will occur on a regular basis.
Career Planning with LiveCareer.com
Beacon College has partnered with LiveCareer.com to provide students with a web based career assessment tool to help them determine career opportunities and best match their interests, personality, and aptitude.
* Identify strengths and interests
* Select the most suitable major
* Clarify career goals
* Access valuable occupation information
* Build a resume with step-by-step online templates
1) Enter your Beacon College email address
2) Use the following password: beacon
3) A confirmation email will be sent to your Beacon College email in order to activate your LiveCareer account. Click the LiveCareer activation link in your email.
4) Return to LiveCareer.com and take the Career Test.
Contact a Career Counselor
To make the most of LiveCareer.com, schedule an appointment with Ms. Susan Ward, Coordinator of Career Development & Outreach, at firstname.lastname@example.org to review your results. LiveCareer.com is also available to Beacon College alumni.
Alumni Employment Information Form
Download the PDF form and update us regarding your employment situation. Your information is very important to us and will help our programs grow.
For more information on the Career Development Program, please contact:
Susan Ward, Coordinator of Career Development & Outreach
Kimberly McCormick, Career Development Placement Coordinator