COA students are provided a number of services to assist them in the career planning and job search from course work on writing a resume to a free online job board through College Central. Students who are pursuing Associate in Applied Science and or diploma programs are encouraged to participate in Cooperative Education to enhance their 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. Create a Career Portfolio to help with career planning. This site provides career assessment, exploration, planning, and promotion activities and allows you to save results in your portfolio. Students established an account and log in when they applied to the college.
Keirsey Temperament Sorter (KTS-II) is a free assessment that provides personality/temperament analysis through a wide spectrum of analysis reports, providing insight for students about careers, relationships, learning styles, and personality. Contact a counselor for a code to access and print a Temperament Discovery Report. For information about the KTS II go to www.keirsey.com
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
Co-Op Education 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 State Summer Internships gain essential work experience, improve your résumé, and get paid!
USA Government Jobs is your one stop source for federal jobs and employment information. Hampton Roads employs over 50,000 government workers. Make sure you use this excellent resource, How to Get a Federal Government Job
Bright.com - Use your personal and professional contacts to discover job openings inside companies where you have connections.
Career Services Contacts
Elizabeth City Campus
Keith Carter, Director of Cooperative Education and Job Placement
Office: FC205 Phone: (252) 335-0821 x 2373
John M. Wells, Director of Counseling and Career Development
Office: AE-124 Phone: (252) 335-0821 x 2243, Fax: (252) 335-2011
Dare County Campus
Laura Katz, Counselor
Office: DCC 228, Phone: (252) 473-2264 x 227, Fax: (252) 473-1024
Amanda Hodges, Assistant Dean
(252) 482-7900 x 2437
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