Career Decision Making Process
Four Phases of Career Development
1. Self-Assessment: Explore who you are: your strengths, weaknesses, skills, interests, values and personality.
- Register for CAR-100 Career Development as a Life Process.
- Participate in self assessment workshops or individual career counseling.
- Explore Focus 2® career online assessment to learn about yourself and careers related to your interests, abilities, values and personality.
2. Learn Career Information: Become an "information expert" on the fields you are considering.
- Research potential careers and learn about job descriptions, education and skills necessary.
- Obtain information on salaries, job market trends and the projected outlook of the field.
- Research career information utilizing a Holland Code online resource. You will need your student ID to access the site.
- View the career resources in the Career Center and the library. Make an appointment with the career counselor to find out how to best utilize the resources!
- Explore what you can do with a major in?
- Participate in Academic Community activities.
3. Experience Career Alternatives: Discover what it is like to be employed in potential careers.
- Find career-related summer and part-time jobs.
- Obtain an internship or Service-Learning position. Visit A118 for more information.
- Shadow a professional at work.
- Participate in extracurricular activities, hobbies, clubs to develop skills and connections.
- Conduct an Informational Interview with a professional in your chosen field.
4. Implementing a Career Choice: Participate in workshops and/or one-on-one counseling to learn:
- Job search strategies
- Resume development
- Interview preparation
- Attend Carroll's annual Spring Job Fair or other local job fairs
- Check the events calendar for information