Freshmen

Below is a list of career-related steps you can take during this year to prepare yourself for a successful journey ahead. The Career Development Center is here to help you every step of the way.

  • Visit a career counselor in the CDC to identify interests, values, & skills.
  • Explore academic majors.
  • Visit the CDC’s majors fair in fall semester.
  • Plan a tentative program of study for your undergrad years; include electives in additional areas.
  • Establish relationships with academic advisors and/or faculty members.
  • Research careers.
  • Conduct informational interviews by talking to people who work in your fields of interest.
  • Learn to balance schoolwork with social activities.
  • Keep records of all campus and work activities for resume development.
  • Participate in on- or off-campus work and find a summer job that interests you.

Sophomores

Below is a list of career-related steps you can take during this year to prepare yourself for a successful journey ahead. The Career Development Center is here to help you every step of the way.

  • Visit a career counselor to discuss career plans or major options.
  • Confirm your major and, if you are considering changing it, visit the CDC for major choice counseling; also talk with a representative from the academic department to learn more about degree requirements.
  • Declare your major if you haven’t already done so.
  • Consider the benefits of adding a minor field of study to your degree plan.
  • Research careers and conduct information interviews.
  • Continue on- or off-campus work.
  • Prepare a resume and have it reviewed by a career counselor.
  • Gain career-related work experience through campus organizations, volunteer work, internships, and/or summer jobs.
  • Register online at: www.hireSamford.com

Juniors

Below is a list of career-related steps you can take during this year to prepare yourself for a successful journey ahead. The Career Development Center is here to help you every step of the way.

  • Update your resume.
  • Continue gaining career-related work experience through campus organizations, volunteer work, internships, and/or summer jobs.
  • Join a student chapter of a professional organization related to your major.
  • Evaluate and explore possible graduate or professional school options.
  • Prepare for, or take, graduate school entrance exams.
  • Attend career fairs to talk to employers about attributes and skills they look for candidates; search for internships at the event.
  • Attend employer info sessions and visit employer info tables.
  • Begin to develop your professional wardrobe.
  • Consider a leadership role in a student organization or group.
  • Register online at: www.hireSamford.com

Seniors

Below is a list of career-related steps you can take during this year to prepare yourself for a successful journey ahead. The Career Development Center is here to help you every step of the way.

  • Verify completion of requirements for graduation, postgraduate studies & entrance exams.
  • Refine your resume and identify references.
  • Plan and follow through on job or graduate school campaigns, including identifying potential employers and graduate programs, taking entrance exams, etc.
  • Attend networking events such as career fairs and employer info sessions.
  • Stay in touch with the Career Development Center to find out the latest about job opportunities and job search assistance; check www.hireSamford.com at least once a week.
  • Network with friends, relatives & Samford alumni.
  • Participate in a mock interview in the Career Development Center.
  • Search for graduate school financial assistance.

Our Team

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Connor Bradley, M.Ed.
Assistant Director (Employer Relations)
Career Development Center
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Dora Ditchfield, M.A.
Director
Career Development Center
Office: 103 Beeson Hall
Phone:
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Susan Douglas
Administrative Assistant
Career Development Center
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Heather Mitchell, M.A., M.Ed.
Director of Career Counseling
Career Development Center
Office: 103 Beeson Hall
Phone:
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Dana Waldrop, M.Ed.
Career Consultant
Career Development Center
Office: 103 Beeson Hall
Phone: