Our mission is to equip students and alumni with tools for effective decision making, goal setting and personal development, direct individuals to resources for vocational exploration and professional development, and connect the Samford community with employers and career opportunities.

To make an appointment, call the CDC at 205-726-2980 or stop by DBH 103.

Freshmen

 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

 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

 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

 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

Photo of Elizabeth Blackmon
Elizabeth Blackmon
Administrative Assistant
Career Development Center
Photo of Dora Ditchfield
Dora Ditchfield, M.A.
Director, Career Development Center
Career Development Center
Office: 103 Beeson Hall
Photo of Heather Mitchell
Heather Mitchell, M.A., M.Ed.
Director of Career Counseling
Career Development Center
Office: 103 Beeson Hall
Photo of Dana Waldrop
Dana Waldrop, M.Ed.
Career Consultant
Career Development Center
Office: 103 Beeson Hall