Career Planning Process

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.

 NCDA online resources

 Click  for a quick overview video!


 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
 RoadTrip Nation


 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:

 Looking for a job. 

  •  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 letters and            resumes.

 Career Placement Services 
 - Click on Students

 Student Employment System


 Other Scholarship Links:



 Scholarship Links

College Foundation

For questions or comments, please contact Don Mineo
Saddleback College does not promote one specific web site and would not suggest to utilized pay sites unless the student researches the product.

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