Career Planning

Steps to planning your career and education

What do you want to do with your education? The Counseling and Career Center at Jamestown Community College can help you prepare for life after college. Schedule an appointment to work with a career counselor on exploring your interests, finding information on careers and related college majors, and deciding on the best career option for you.

If you know what kind of job you’re looking for, we can help you with the job search, too.

JCC’s Counseling and Career Center can help you at every step. Our career counselors specialize in career planning, and we encourage you to contact the Center to schedule a meeting.

Step 1: Explore your interests and experiences

An important first step of career planning is to know yourself. Spend some time reflecting on who you are and what is important to you. Career assessment tools can help you learn more about what motivates you and provide you with a list of possible career options.

Self assessment surveys and resources

You are welcome to arrange a meeting with a JCC career counselor to discuss your self-assessment.

Step 2: Find information about careers and related majors

As you start to explore your interests and learn how you want to use your talents in the workplace, you can research what kind of career you want to have. See how different careers match your values and skills that you want to develop.

Important topics to consider when researching careers
  • Nature of work
  • Job responsibilities
  • Salary and benefits
  • Education, training, and/or experience needed
  • Working conditions
  • Employment outlook
  • Opportunities for advancement within the field
  • Employment location
Career and college major information resources

You are welcome to arrange a meeting with a JCC career counselor to discuss your career research.

Internships, job shadowing, and part-time work

Career Services opportunities let you try a job and see if your current career choice is the right fit for you.

Our semester-long internships are available with local, regional, and national companies and organizations. In a job shadow placement, you’ll be paired with a host for a day of observation and one-on-one career exploration.

You can also explore careers through volunteering and part-time work.

Step 3: Decide on your best career options

Once you have developed a strong understanding of your interests, skills, experience, and possible careers, you can use this information to choose careers that are the best fit for you.

It’s ok to change your mind and keep yourself open to different careers, both now and in the future. If you don’t know what you want to do, that’s ok too. Take the time to explore your options, and set up a meeting with a JCC counselor if you have any questions.

Step 4: Plan your education and job search

With your list of career options, you can choose which major at JCC fits your career choice. You can meet with a JCC career counselor to discuss majors related to your career goals. You can also explore JCC majors.

If you decide to transfer, we can help you transfer to four-year colleges and universities, whether you want to stay in the area or transfer across the country.

If you decide to start looking for a job, we can help you with your resume, cover letter, interview skills, and finding open positions.

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Contact Counseling and Career Center

Jamestown Campus

716.338.1007 or 1.800.388.8557

Cattaraugus County Campus

716.376.7508 or 1.800.388.9776

North County Center

716.363.6500