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Career Services at Henderson Community College is committed to providing assistance in the areas of career counseling and the job search process to students, alumni and community members.  We can assist with career assessments, career exploration and help address concerns about the job search process!

About Career Services

HCC Career Services hosts a Health Career Fair each spring and community job fairs in collaboration with community partners depending on local employers' needs.

Job announcements received from local businesses are posted at Job Listings.

Keep up with the latest opportunities to gain experience by setting up job and internship alerts on and   Contact Career Services for details. 

Get career and job resources through HCC Career Services!

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Angie Watson, Coordinator

Career Assessments

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Need assistance with making a career decision?

Approximately 80% of students will change majors at least once before a degree is granted.  Whether students entering HCC have a declared major or they enter as an undecided major,  Career Services encourages all students to create a plan for academic and career success.

The process of choosing a major or career begins with self-assessment. Consider taking one of the assessments below to learn more about your interests, personality, skills and abilities.  Be sure to contact Career Servcies to discuss the results and additional ways to get exposure to career areas of interest that will help you make a decision. 

Focus Career Assessment - - Online assessment tool used to determine a student's  interest, values, skills, and personality. It also offers information on various careers based on a students assessment. Explore your options and save your favorites!  To access Focus career assessment, e-mail Angie Watson for the access code.

Free Personality Test - Discover careers and occupations most suitable for your personality type and understand communication and learning styles of your type. See for additional information.

Am I Job Ready - Soft Skills Assessment - Identify areas you  may need to develop prior to your next interview!  Free practice online!  (May work best in Chrome or Firefox).

Get My Future - Quick interest assessment.

MyNextMove This tool provides is a short assessment as well as a portal to research careers and industries.

My Next Move for Veterans - helps you find a civilian career similar to your military job.

MySkillsMyFuture based on previous work experience, it will help match other careers using same types of skills.

Contact Career Services Coordinator, Angie Watson 

HCC Career Services is located on the second floor of the Sullivan Tech Center, Room 213.  Phone: 270-831-9671.

Career & Major Exploration

Not sure where to start? Check out the many options on the Career & Major Exploration page that include the Career Decision Pyramid which lists life and job-related aspects to consider to develop your career plan from start (bottom of pyramid) to finish (the pyramid pinnacle).

Career Decision & Action Steps

Gain information about yourself, careers of interest and be one step closer to making an informed decision. 

Step 1.  Complete the Focus 2 Career Assessment to identify your career interests.  Select “Register” (below the login info) to create a new account.  The Access code is The Hill.  Complete the information and select "Spring 2018” as your status.

Step 2.  Note the top 2 or 3 careers that most interest you and why. Begin researching careers in Focus 2 Assessment and these HCC Career Services resources.  Discuss your Focus 2 results with HCC Career Services staff, advisor, friends and family.

Step 3. Review your career ideas with your academic advisor. Discuss the academic majors and the educational requirements (certificate, diploma, degree) related to your career interests.  If a four-year degree or more is required, discuss options with the HCC Transfer Center Coordinator, Lorie Maltby.  

Step 4. Research job posting descriptions.  Even if you’re not currently looking for a job, you’ll better understand the local job market and you’ll learn the specific responsibilities of the career and be better prepared to develop a targeted resume.  Set up email alerts on   Check here for local jobs posted on HCC’s website.  Check out HCC Career Services FB page for career related articles and podcasts.

Step 5.   It’s vitally important that you get as much exposure to your profession of interest as possible.  Your goal should be to learn what the career is truly like on a daily basis.

  • Observe by Job Shadowing / Informational Interviewing (spread out over 2-3 visits if possible). Sample questions to ask.
  • Volunteer – Check here for local agencies with volunteer opportunities
  • Work part-time - Check HCC job postings
  • On-campus work study student employment – Must be receiving a Pell grant. Check with the financial aid office for eligibility. Application 
  • Inquire about an internship – extremely valuable experience whether paid/unpaid, academic credit or not. 

Step 6.   Create or update your resume.  Review HCC’s step-by-step resume guide and samplesSchedule a time to practice interview.  CareerOneStop is a comprehensive resource for job search.  

Step 7Build your professional network. Join a club on-campus, a professional organization (as a student member) or a community organization that supports your career interests.

Step 8.  Each day ask yourself…. What am I doing today that will get me where I want to be tomorrow. Utilize HCC Career Services for assistance on any of these steps!

Employment Preparation & Resources

Job Preparation Materials & Tools

Includes videos and guides on creating a powerful, market-ready resume, job search correspondence you will need in your job search, job search strategies using the hidden market and the reactive market, and interviewing strategies to answer any type of question the interviewer will ask. Don't forget to also view the Ultimate Interview Guide!

Company and Industry Research

You can never know "too much" about an organization. Interviewers are always impressed when you have conducted your research thoroughly and can ask informed, intelligent questions about the organization and the job. Check out these resources to help you with your research.

Job Search Resources

Career Services has put together a comprehensive list of job search engines broken out by various sub-topics.

Social Media & Your Job Search

Ninety-two percent of employers use social media for recruiting purposes. It's important to have professional profiles on the top 3 social media sites - LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Learn how with the information on this page.

Current Job Listings

Ways to Gain Experience...

Ask yourself - What am I doing today that will get me where I want to be tomorrow?

Goal of Experiential Activities:

  • Earn valuable experience needed for today's competitive workplace.
  • Confirm choice of major and clarify career goals.
  • Develop self-confidence and enhance your employability upon graduation.

Experiential Activities may include:

  • Cooperative Education and Academic internships (paid and unpaid).  HCC's eligible AAS programs are Business Administration and Computer & Information Technology.  Contact your academic advisor and see details below.
  • Non-credit Internships - Working for the benefit of experience gained. Check with Career Services on any known internships locally in addition to checking sites such as and  Set up job alerts on and  For information contact HCC Career Services.  
  • Volunteering - Ways to make worthwhile contributions to an organization while at the same time gaining workplace experience. Volunteering pays much more than you think!  Check out some local volunteer opportunities
  • Part-time employment - gain transferable skills for future employment. See Job listings.
  • On-campus work through the Federal Work Study Program - Check with Whitney Laird, HCC's Financial Aid Coordinator for eligibility information. 
  • Job Shadowing - Observe professionals in the work environment and learn about their chose career field
  • Ready-to-Work Program - If receiving K-tap, contact Dr. Cynthia Curry for eligibility info.
  • Service Learning - teaching and learning process in which students use academic knowledge and skills to address genuine community needs. Listing of local community service agencies

Contact Career Services with any questions or how to get started! Angie Watson

Cooperative Education is offered by Henderson Community College to prepare an HCC student in Computer Information Technology and Business Administration for entry and advancement in the occupational area of your choice. Through co-op you can earn college credit and gain valuable work experience at the same time. Co-op is a partnership involving you, the college, and an employer.

How will Cooperative Education help me?

The benefits to you for participating in the co-op program are:

  • Gain valuable work experience.
  • Earn both income and academic credit.
  • Confirm choices of major and clarify career goals.
  • Develop self-confidence and enhance your employability upon graduation.

What must I do to be eligible for the program?

To be eligible for the Co-op Program you must:

  • Be enrolled in an Associate in Applied Science Degree program or certificate with co-op as part of the approved curriculum. (See your academic advisor or contact the Career Services office for current information.)
  • Have completed at least 12 hours in an applied science degree program.
  • Have the approval of the academic program coordinator and your advisor.
  • Have a composite GPA of 2.0 or better.

How do I apply?

In order to apply for the Co-op Program you will need to meet with your advisor to determine if and when a co-op work experience would be best for you. Following that meeting you will need to schedule an appointment with Angie Watson, Career Services Coordinator, and complete the necessary application form. The Career Services office is located in the Start Center, Sullivan Technology Center, Room 213.

Job Interview & Acceptance

You will work with the Career Services office and your advisor to identify appropriate employment opportunities. Potential employers will then conduct interviews. If hired, you may accept an approved position and complete the necessary forms in the Career Services office.

Registration for Academic Credit

Registration for co-op can be done during regular registration periods, or it can be added to your schedule during the semester. Your advisor and Career Services Coordinator can assist you.

Earning Academic Credit

For each 80 hours of approved work experience, you can earn one hour of academic credit. The maximum amount of credit granted varies by curriculum. Determination of how many hours of work to attempt should be decided in consultation with your advisor. If you must work on a non-paid basis due to the constraints of financial aid grants or public assistance programs, you should inform your advisor and alert the Career Services Coordinator. After completing the necessary hours on the job, the work supervisor will evaluate your performance.


To earn a letter grade, you must successfully complete the required number of hours in an approved co-op job and receive an evaluation from your work supervisor.

For more information contact Angie Watson, Career Services Coordinator, in the Start Center at 270-831-9671.

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