Make informed career choices
For most students, it is natural to question and struggle with the process of making career and life decisions. The following steps can help you make a satisfying career choice.
|Step 1: Discover careers that fit my interest, abilities, values & personality|
Below are links to career assessment tools that will help you reflect on who you are and what is important to you. No one assessment will tell you what job you will be best at or like most. However, the following assessments will help you gain insights into your personality, what you like, what motivates you, how you make decisions, what you enjoy, and your skills.
Self Assessment Resources
If you would like help with assessing your interest, abilities, values and personality, contact a JCC counselor.
|Step 2: Find information about careers and related college majors|
When researching career options, reflect on these topics:
As you read about different career options, ask yourself: "Does the career I have in mind match who I am and the skills I have?"
Learn more about careers and majors
If you would like help with finding career information, contact a JCC counselor.
|Step 3: Decide on the best career option for me|
Use the following information and worksheet to learn about effective decision making. This is an important step, so take your time considering your options.
Now that you have learned about yourself, different careers, and decision making strategies, use the career comparison worksheet (PDF, DOC) and the core values worksheet (PDF, DOC) to evaluate your career options.
If you would like help with deciding on a career, contact a JCC counselor.
|Step 4: Transfer or find a job|
Our counseling staff will help you connect to four-year colleges and universities, whether you’re staying in New York or the SUNY system, going somewhere else in the Northeast, or transferring across the country. Learn more.
Find a job
Would you like to know the best methods for finding a job and how to answer those tough interview questions? The following information can help you prepare for your job hunt.
Learn about job opportunities
Network: talk to people you know to see who is hiring. Start with the college's Employment Development Specialist.
Look for jobs:
Participate in career fairs on and off campus.
Preparing a Resume
Getting Ready for a Job Interview
For assistance with resume writing, job search, interview, and other job related services, contact the Employment Development Specialist.