SELECTING A MAJOR/CAREERPasadena City CollegeMay 10, 2011Megan Eigenbrod, Vanessa Rubinfeld, Tehra Yosifi
CAREER COUNSELING SERVICESDedicated To Student Success“Counselors at Pasadena City College facilitate the attainment oflifelong learning skills that advance our students personal, academic,and career goals. We promote the self-awareness and self-reliancenecessary for success in education and other life activities”o Structured, flexible Student Educational Plans based on your specific needso Assistance with short and long term goal settingo Assistance with career planningo Interpretation of assessment results and course recommendationso Certificate, degree, and transfer requirementso Unofficial transcript evaluations of previous college coursework, and referrals to the PCC evaluators for official evaluations as neededo Information about transfer majors and major preparation requirementso Referrals to campus learning resources and appropriate support serviceso Personal and crisis counselinghttp://www.pasadena.edu/studentservices/counseling/
RESEARCH MAJORS o Take General Education courses in subjects that interest you. o Spend some time reading the PCC Catalog for course descriptions that might interest you. o Talk to instructors/faculty and department advisors. o Use PinPoint, SIGI+ or Eureka for computerized career counseling.
RESOURCESo Assist o http://www.assist.orgo O*net o http://www.onetonline.orgo Career Zone o http://www.cacareerzone.orgo Bureau of Labor Statisticso (Occupational Outlook Handbook) o http://www.bls.gov
ASSIST.ORG o ASSIST is an online student-transfer information system that shows how course credits earned at one public California college or university can be applied when transferred to another. o This site allows you to explore and find the majors available to you at university campuses in California.
SELF-EXPLORATIONo Identify what is important to youo Pay attention to your passions. If you love doing something, figure out how you can use that interest in your careero Think about your strengths and the skills you want to use in the futureo Meet with a career counselor to take assessments that identify your values, interests, strengths, and skills
EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING o Internships o Career Related Part-Time Jobs o Fellowships and Research o Job Shadowing o Informational Interviews
INTERNSHIPSo What is an internship? o Internships combine learning and work. Its also your opportunity to set your goals and objectives, develop new skills and gain knowledge.o Whats the difference between an internship and a part-time job? o A part-time job may be a wonderful opportunity to receive career training.
PART-TIME JOBSo Career Related Part-Time Jobs Part-time jobs that are career related provide the opportunity to explore work in a field of interest and learn whether or not it is truly a fit.
INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEWSo Interview someone already in your career field of interest or a faculty member in your desired majoro This allows you to learn more about the major or career field before making a formal commitmento This will also help to start building connections with people already in the field- NETWORKING!
JOB SHADOWINGo Observe a professional in their everyday routine o This is a great time to ask any questions you may have about the careero Similar to an informational interview, but it takes place for a longer period of time o May last for several hours to few days