At The HBCU Career Center we believe in curating, sharing and democratizing information so we have built a service on sharing and helping.
Although TheHBCUCareerCenter.com was developed over a decade ago with the HBCU community in mind, anyone is more than welcome to use any resource you find useful.
1. Any employer can post jobs or internships at TheHBCUCareerCenter.com
Employers can post jobs and post internships at TheHBCUCareerCenter and get exposure on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. HBCU’s, like other education institutions, nonprofits or government agencies do get 15% discount for using the service. Contact Us if you have any questions.
2. Anyone can search for jobs or internships posted at TheHBCUCareerCenter.com
Anyone is welcome to apply for jobs and internships posted at TheHBCUCareerCenter.com. In fact there are many diverse professionals who do not attend or work at HBCUs who use our job board and internship board.
3. Questions about professional development – ASK A Career Pro
There is a ton of free career information and professional development resources on the internet. However, not all of it is relevant or even correct. If you need help separating fact from fiction, send us your questions using the ASK A Career Pro link on the home page.
4. Discover our Career Development Model
A key item in our career toolkit is our 5-Point Career Development Model. Dr. Robinson developed the framework for conversations with diverse students, alumni and professionals about career planning and has used this approach for almost two decades. It isn’t necessary to use these 5 points in any particular order. The goal is to find out where you are, what you need to improve and jump in!
Point #1 – Do Honest Self Evaluation
Career assessment tools help you explore, what we call, your REAL V.I.S.A – Values, Interests, Skills and Abilities. These are the important factors that will influence your life and career choices. The more you understand about yourself, the better you will be able to evaluate options and make decisions. Career assessment tools like the MBTI can help anyone get unstuck or clarify a path.
Point #2 – Expand Career and Industry Awareness
Expanding your knowledge and awareness of careers and industries is a must for anyone looking to find their place in the current evolving workplace. This research is how you will know which skills and competencies are currently in demand and which skills will be in demand in the future. Having a list of resources to assist you with research to keep current is key. We constantly update our list of 25 Twitter Pages that can keep you in the loop with new career information.
Point #3 – Manage your Image
Everyone must take ownership of their own professional image. Whether you are a student, a new graduate, an emerging professional or a seasoned expert, you must definitely understand how to become the kind of professional that the labor market needs. Resumes, communication skills, interviewing skills, networking, social media and personal reputation are all part of your professional image.
Point #4 – Gain Experience
Meaningful and non-trivial professional experiences are a major part of a successful career strategy. Your experiences will impact your longer term career satisfaction. Meaningful experiences will come through work, internships, co-ops, fieldwork, volunteer opportunities and even travel or study-abroad opportunities. Find ways to participate in these types of activities. College students in particular should know that it is possible to have a competitive resume with significant experience even before you graduate.
Point #5 – Make DOING a habit
Emerging professionals and new alumni must develop plans for successful transitions to a life of doing. One of our favorite mantras is that it is not about what we want to BE when we grow up. It is instead about what we want to DO with our lives. Finding and feeling success will come when you feel like your work will help to impact and shape the world around you.