College and Career Fair -- April 1 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm -- Register now!
We provide a number of services to assist you in career planning and job search from course work on writing a resume to a free online job board through College Central. If you are pursuing an Associate in Applied Science and or a diploma program, we encourage you to participate in the Work-Based Learning program to enhance your training and job search. COA has a good reputation among employers in the Albemarle area and Hampton Roads. The college's Fact Book contains a Graduate Follow-up Survey that demonstrats the success of COA graduates.
Career planning involves learning about yourself, exploring different careers, and understanding how to use tools and resources that can help you find your "Niche," the best career fit for your unique talents, abilities, skills, personality, interests, and values. A career counselor will assist you with this process by providing career education activities from assessment to networking. Career planning is a multiple-step process that takes varying amounts of time for different people. The extra time and effort you take now could pay off in a life-time of job satisfaction and income later.
If you are undecided about your major, your future, or you are making a career change, contact one of our career counselors and or use the links below to begin your career search. The college also maintains career centers on Elizabeth City (AE 125) and Dare Campus (DC 226) with resources to assist you in your career search.
Career Search Links
Assess your personality, interests, values, abilities, and skills.
CFNC.org provides a free comprehensive career-planning site that matches your personality, interests, values and abilities with over 900 careers. Download and print the CFNC Career Assessment Guide: CFNC_help.pdf
Explore careers and the job market and plan to achieve your career goals
CareerOneStop is your source for employment information and inspiration. Tools to help job seekers, students, businesses, and career professionals. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. With links to ONET and the Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Promote yourself to employers at College Central
Work Based Learning
Work Based Learning at College of The Albemarle is the best way to get experience in your field of study and earn college credit.
Other Career Resources
NC Department of Commerce Job Search - A great link to employment opportunities.
DisabilityInfo.gov - Site covers a variety of topics related to employment of people with disabilities.
NC State Summer Internships - Gain essential work experience, improve your résumé, and get paid!
USA Government Jobs -Your one stop source for federal jobs and employment information. Hampton Roads employs over 50,000 government workers.
How to Get a Federal Government Job - Make sure you use this excellent resource.
Backgroundcheck.org - Learn more about background checks and how to protect your reputation online
Glassdoor.com - Research careers, companies and salaries.
LinkedIn.com - Sign up to use the #1 professional networking site. Develop a profile and start networking and searching for a career today!
SnagaJob.com - Find a part-time or summer job.
Career Services Contacts
Elizabeth City Campus
John Wells, Director of Counseling and Career Development
Office: AE 124
(252) 335-0821 x 2243
(252) 335-2011 (Fax)
Dare County Campus
Katie Cross, Student Life/Success Coach
Office DAR1 109
(252) 473-2264 x 222
(252) 473-1024 (Fax)
John Wells, Interim Dean
(252) 482-7900 x 6016
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