Resources for First Years

In your first year, the Career Development Center will help you explore yourself and career possibilities! Our First Year Year programming offers opportunities for you to explore your career options, understand your strengths, gain essential skills, and position yourself to be competitive for high-quality internships in your sophomore year.


MBTI Personality Assessment: The MBTI reports your preferences and provides information about your unique type to suggest work settings, careers, and academic fields that might be a good fit for you. It provides you with a framework for understanding yourself and how to manage your preferences, how to communicate and interact better with others, and what you hope to achieve in life. Call us at 413-539-2080 for more information.

Once you have completed the MBTI, come into the CDC to review your results with an MBTI certified counselor (one-on-one or at a workshop) to learn more about what your type means to you and the work that you will decide to do as you move beyond the collegiate environment.

Set Goals

Know where you’re going? 
We can help you to be strategic and competitive on your way there.

Don’t know yet?
We can help with that, too! Stop by during walk-in hours to discuss internship search, career planning, career exploration, etc.

Develop Skills

Every semester, we offer a large variety of programs and events. Here are a few kinds of workshops we recommend for seniors. Log into Handshake for an up-to-date listing of offerings, and please note that titles of workshops may slightly vary from the titles below.

Writing a Cover Letter: Learn to write cover letters employers will want to read. These workshops will help you tailor cover letters to specific jobs or internships!

Writing a Resume: Resumes are an important part of finding jobs and internships; even on-campus student jobs require them. This workshop gives you an overview of the basic outline and structure of your first resume.

Be Prepared

Suit Yourself
Suit Yourself was created to provide a convenient way for students on a budget to acquire appropriate interview attire for their big day. The program allows you to borrow designer jackets, skirts, and pants, sizes 2-24, in matching black fabric. Whether going to a job interview or attending a career fair, you can look their professional best!

Custom Business Cards
Print out business cards at the CDC using a pre-designed template that you can easily enter your information into. Each student is given 20 professional looking cards that they can take with them to interviews, job fairs, recruiting events, and networking events.

Big Interview Software
Big Interview is an online resource that enables you to practice your interviewing skills from any computer. Repeatedly practice with tough interview questions and record, review and share your answers to interview questions, all with an eye toward greatly improving your skills. Come to the CDC to use our Big Interview room in a private setting, or access it from your personal computer at any time!

Skype Interview Room
More and more employers are using Skype to conduct interviews. If you have a Skype interview coming up and need a private place to focus on your interview, use our Skype room. Call the CDC for room reservations.