There are two essential steps to gaining greater clarity about career, major or graduate school. The first step is self-assessment, in which you examine your interests, skills, values, and personality so that you can use this information when exploring careers.
The second step is to research your career options. With concrete information from objective sources, you can make better decisions about your career direction.
Career Counseling for Self-Assessment
Our counselors can help you assess your career interests, skills, and other dimensions in one-on-one meetings.
- Know Yourself Exercises - The Career Center's tools for identifying your career-related values, interests, personality and skills and relating them to a career.
- California Career Zone - User-friendly career exploration and planning system designed specifically for students
- My Next Move - Offers three ways of learning more about yourself and your career interests, along with access to information about 1000's of careers.
- Decision Making - Tools to help you evaluate and make decisions about your options.
Know Your Options
Career Center Programs
- Career Center Events and Programs provide opportunities to learn about, and meet professionals working in, various careers and industries.
- Externships last one to ten days, take place at an employer's work site, and give you direct exposure to a career in a short period of time.
- O*NET Online and Occupational Outlook Handbook - From the U.S. Dept. of Labor, providing comprehensive information about careers and the labor market.
- California Occupational Guides - Directory of careers searchable by interest area, rate of growth, and more. Specific to the California labor market.
- Career Fields section of our website provides resources for exploring careers and industries and for finding opportunities.
- Vault Guides - Insider information, video profiles, downloadable e-books, and more, covering major careers and industries. Access through Handshake.