Career Counseling

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.

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

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:
Career Coach
www.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.
  • Enroll in a Career Exploration Class (COUN 60)

View Career Exploration Profiles:
www.onetonline.org
www.bls.gov/ooh

Enroll in one of the following:
COUN 1 - Academic Planning
COUN 40 - Educational & Vocational Planning
COUN 60 - Career & Vocational Exploration
GSS 120 - Women & Careers

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.

Make an Academic Counseling Appointment:
www.saddleback.edu/counseling

Make a Career Guidance Appointment:
www.saddleback.edu/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.

MAP - My Academic Plan
www.saddleback.edu/counseling/my-academic-plan

Saddleback College Catalog
www.saddleback.edu/cc

Transfer Center
www.saddleback.edu/transfer
www.assist.org
www.aiccu.edu
www.csumentor.edu
www.universityofcalifornia.edu

5

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 letter and resume.

Career Placement Services
www.saddleback.edu/jobs

Off Campus Resources
www.indeed.com
www.usajobs.com
www.idealist.org
www.linkedin.com