Choosing a major or career path in today's world of endless possibilities can be a daunting and challenging task, but it doesn't have to be. Whether you are a new or continuing student who is undecided on a major or career direction, you can help yourself by following a proven career-planning strategy as a roadmap to objective decision making. The first step would be to develop self-awareness by learning and organizing information about yourself through self-assessment and reflection. This will set the stage for narrowing your career search down to a manageable number of occupational paths that you can then explore, evaluate, and prioritize as viable options. Choosing a career path, in turn, will determine what type of college education you would need to pursue. As you advance through each step of the roadmap, you will have the Career Center by your side the entire journey, providing necessary career-planning tools and resources along with support and advice to ensure your academic and career success.

Career Counseling

Career counseling represents one of the core support services available to GCC students. It is a process designed to empower individuals with self-knowledge and position them to make a sound career decision with confidence. Our professionally trained career counselors are experts at guiding students in making the best educational and career choices and enriching their knowledge of the world of work.
Regular contact with a career counselor is critical to students’ academic progress and future professional success. In addition to helping students with choosing a major and charting their respective career course, career counselors provide assistance with internship planning and selection, resume development, interview preparation, job retention, career advancement, and other issues associated with the needs of a person embarking on and managing their career journey.

Note: Career counseling is available by appointment only and reserved for currently enrolled students.

Career Assessment

To make an informed career decision, involves asking yourself a series of key questions. Determining who you are, what motivates you, what you are good at, and what you want out of life will enable you to select an academic major and career path that would best suit you as an individual. Career assessment, also referred to as self-assessment, is designed to help you accomplish just that. You'll find career assessment to be an engaging and interesting process. It revolves around you and equips you with self-exploration tools that can serve you well in developing your career today and in navigating your professional path throughout your life.

Career Search Components

Career Search Components

Career assessment inventories featured on this page will allow you to evaluate your personality style, work relevant interests, core values, academic strengths, and desired future job skills.

Note: Career assessment is available by referral from a GCC Career Counselor.

MBTI

Learn about your attitudes and mental functions with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® instrument and pinpoint occupational fields that would favor your personality style and values by recognizing:

  • Where you focus your attention and get your energy
  • The way you take in information
  • The way you make decisions
  • How you deal with the outer world

Strong 

Find the path that's right for you and choose a career you can be passionate about. The Strong Interest Inventory® can be an effective tool in enabling you to:

  • Use interests in shaping your career direction
  • Achieve satisfaction in your work
  • Select appropriate education and training relevant to your interests
  • Determine your preferred learning environments
  • Understand aspects of your personality most closely associated with your interest
  • Learn about your preferences for leadership, risk taking, and teamwork

MAJOR-MINOR FINDER

Connect college planning with career planning. The Major-Minor Finder will help you pick an ideal program of study, leading to a satisfying career when you:

  • Assess your own aptitudes and interests
  • Discover the skills and interests required for different majors
  • Learn about jobs in each college major and their projected growth
  • Set the parameters of your educational goal and desirable job attributes
  • Match your results with majors that are most compatible with your educational and career interests and academic abilities.

SkillScan

Knowing your key transferable skills and prioritizing your natural areas of strength will enhance your career management ability and employment prospects. Apply the SkillScan assessment results to:

  • Identify career options that capitalize on your talents
  • Evaluate the compatibility of your current career
  • Prepare development steps to move your career in the right direction
  • Gain a rich "skill" language for promoting your strengths in resumes and interviews
Career Exploration Resources

Research is the corner stone of any decision-making process. Targeted and thorough exploration of the world of work will ensure sound career planning results. To determine which career would be a good match for you, we encourage you to take advantage of the career information resources you may find in the Career Center and on our website.

EUREKA©, provides access to all of the information you need in one place - identify your skills, research careers, search for schools, link to job openings, and learn how to be successful in your own job search!

VOCATIONAL BIOGRAPHIES© bring to life career success stories of real people in-easy-to read, 4-page profiles. Each Career Bio-brief follows one person through their everyday workday. It mirrors the real-life, school-to-work path of each subject, detailing each individual's career success story from High School to present, including educational planning and background, job progression, current job, likes and dislikes about their career, lifestyle, and future plans.

RECOMMENDED WEB RESOURCES allow users to explore the link between majors and work opportunities, examine occupational descriptions, educational requirements, employment statistics and salary trends, and to improve their job-hunting skills.

Last updated: 6/18/2014 4:29:49 PM