Career Counseling

CAREER COUNSELING PROCESS

1

Self Assessment:
Finding out who you are and what you want
 

  • What are your skills, interests, values and personality?
  • What is your idea of work and a career?
  • What do you want your career to be?

Useful Websites and Resources:

CACareerCafe.com

CACareerZone.org

2

Exploration:
Finding out more about the world of work and your education
 

  • Investigate possible career fields and talk to people who work in careers that interest you.
  • Use internships, volunteer jobs, and part-time work to sample jobs and careers that interest you.
  • Research majors and careers that match your self-assessment.

 

 
3

Decision Making:
Analyzing the information
 

  • Begin to define your specific career goals.
  • Make tentative career decisions.
  • Set short and long term goals that allow you to reach your chosen career.
 
4

Educational Planning:
Developing a plan for success
 

  • Researching two year and four year college programs that will allow you to reach your career goals.
  • Decide on the amount of time you are willing at attend college or program.
  • Establish a plan that allows you to complete your education and training in a time frame that works for you.
 
5

Job and Career Search:
Looking for job experience
 

  • Develop a job search plan of action. 
  • Establish and use job search resources and contacts.
  • Overcome barriers and keep motivated.
  • Manage your career with an up-to-date cover letter and resume.