Senior Year

Senior year is an incredibly exciting point in your time at the College of the Holy Cross.  After years of studying, volunteering, performing, studying abroad, competing, etc., senior year is the time when you digest everything you’ve done and determine what you want to do next.  We know that this can be a very stressful time, which is why we’re here to help!

• Explore post-graduate opportunities & deadlines:
     • Careers
     • Fellowships (e.g. FulbrightAuxiliar de Conversacion in Spanish Public SchoolsFrench Ministry of Education Teaching Assistant Program)
     • Volunteering (e.g. Jesuit Volunteer CorpsJVC NWCity YearAmericorpsPeace Corps)
     • Graduate School & Post-Bac Programs

• Present yourself professionally on LinkedIn, Facebook, email address and cell phone message: Manage your online and social media appearance. Your online profiles, email or messages can shape others opinions of you including potential employers. Use your judgment and think about the repercussions of not maintaining a professional image.
• Build your network: This is an important time to develop and expand your career network. Build your professional network by creating a LinkedIn profile and utilize the HC Network and Alumni Online Community to connect with alumni in your career field of interest. LinkedIn allows you to build potential contacts in your field as well as research companies and explore job/career opportunities.  The Career Advisor Network and Alumni Online Community give you access to a database of alumni who are willing to offer career advice.  Start as early as possible and you never know what opportunities might come your way in the months to follow.
• Participate in the Alumni Job Shadowing Program: The Alumni Job Shadowing Program is open to all class years and provides you with an opportunity to shadow an alumna/us in your career field of interest. Students are matched with Holy Cross alumni and spend ½-1 day shadowing during one of the four major academic breaks. For more information on how to participate in the program contact Career Development at careers@holycross.edu
• Participate in the Alumni Mentoring Program: The Alumni Mentoring Program matches students with alumni based on careers/industries of interest. As part of the program, students connect with their alumni mentor via phone, email or video throughout the academic year. Alumni mentors provide their mentees with guidance and support as students navigate their individual career exploration at Holy Cross. This program is open to students from all class years. To learn more about the Alumni Mentoring Program contact the Center for Career Development at careers@holycross.edu or 508-793-3880.
• Attend events: Senior year is an important time to take advantage of networking opportunities. Attend career fairs and networking receptions to connect with professionals in your field of interest. If you know where you want to live after college, then scout out the Alumni Regional Clubs for events happening in those cities and towns.  While virtual networking is great, nothing beats meeting someone in person.

• Career Kick Off: The Career Kick Off takes place on the first day of classes in the Hogan courtyard.  This is a low-key way to meet the Career Planning Center staff and find out what the Career Planning Center has to offer for you.
• Career Fair: Mid-September in the Hogan Ballroom.  The Career Fair is a great way for seniors to network with employers and find out about open job opportunities.  Dress is business casual, so put on something nice and stop by to look around.  For more information and a list of attending employers, visit Handshake.
• Departmental Career Panels:  Throughout the academic year the Center for Career Development partners with academic departments to host alumni career panels.  Alumni speak about how their major prepared them for the work they do now.  For those who are still figuring out their career plans, it’s a wonderful way to see what fellow Crusaders have made of their education.

If you have any questions, please contact the Center for Career Development at 508-793-3880, visit Hogan 203 or email careers@holycross.edu.