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The Career Planning Process is a lifelong process that is fluid rather than chronological. One stage does not necessarily need to be completed to move to the tasks of another stage, and you may move back and forth between two or more stages at any given time.

Please call the Career Resource Center at (949) 582-4575 to schedule an appointment.

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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?

Self Assessment Stage and Links




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.

Exploration Stage and Links

Career Library (unavailable)

Saddleback College Library



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.

Decision Making Stage and Links



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.

Educational Planning Stage and Links


My Academic Plan located in MySite


Job and Career Search:

Developing a 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 letters and resumes.

Job and Career Search Links
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Saddleback College Job Board