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Career Development

my situation is...

I have no ideas about a major or a career.

  • Take Counseling 17 (COUN 17) : Career Exploration. This 2-unit CR/NC class covers research and planning using assessments of interests, values, skills and temperament. It also covers job duties, educational requirements and job search skills.
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  • Use the Guide for Occupational Exploration (GOE) to choose an interest area or two. These GOE interest areas are explained on a yellow handout sheet available in the Center. The GOE will quickly lead you from broad areas of interest to specific job titles. You may then use the other Center resources to research these job titles and their training programs.
  • Use PinPoint, SIGI+ or Eureka for computerized career counseling.

I know what interests me, but I don't know job titles.

  • Match your interests to one or more of the twelve Guide to Occupational Exploration (GOE) interest areas. Choose specific job titles. Then, use the GOE numbers to find information on the selected job titles on the book shelves.
  • Read the CAREERS FOR and GREAT JOBS FOR series of books displayed on top of the shelves.
  • View the occupational videos.

I want information on a specific occupation.

  • Try the Eureka software program first. It is the best source of current local salary and job outlook data.
  • Use the Guide to Occupational Exploration (GOE) to find where other information on your job title is shelved.
  • Check for videos covering the job title. Use the ONLINE RESOURCES link on our homepage to access web based information.


  • I know what I want to do, but it doesn’t seem possible.
  • I know what I’m interested in and good at, but it doesn’t make enough money.
  • I can’t seem to choose just one thing.
  • People who are important to me might not approve of my choices.
  • I can’t seem to get started.
  • I’m afraid of choosing the wrong thing.
  • I feel stuck and I don’t know what to do next.

Make an appointment with a career counselor in L-103 to discuss what comes next.

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