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


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