Career Counseling - Getting Focused Fast
how a meeting with a Professional Counselor can assist in discovering
your career direction.
Getting to know yourself is the first step
Testing is available to assist you in determining how your interests,
skills, values and personality align with various careers.
Investigating majors and career possibilities is the second step.
where to find the best and most current information on occupations, job
descriptions, training and educational requirements, as well as salaries
and job outlooks.
makes you tick? What major will fit you best? How will you find a career
that’s good for you?
Many college students feel confused and overwhelmed by having to make a
career decision. Fortunately, there is help to make the whole process a
You have enough to worry about during school without trying to choose
your life’s work on top of it all. So just start from the beginning: Get
to know yourself first.
What does that mean? In essence, it means learning what you enjoy doing
(your interests); what you’re good at doing (your skills); what’s
important to you in a future career (your work values); and what makes
you, well, you (your personality).
There are a variety of ways to go about these tasks. You can:
Take the inventories in the
DISCOVER Career Planning Program but first you will need a
token/user ID issued by the Career and Transfer Center. Call
914-606-6760 or stop in. This is a free service to Westchester
Community College students and alumni.
Make an appointment to work one-on-one with a professional career
counselor. Call 914-606-6760.
Ask friends and family to help you identify your pertinent career
You can register for academic courses that appeal to your interests,
join a student organization, or start reading about various majors
and careers—these will help you explore potential new interests and
learn new skills.
you feel you know enough about your interests, skills, work values, and
personality, start investigating majors and career possibilities that
seem to be a good fit. How?
Learn about Westchester Community College’s programs of study by
reading the catalog and talking to faculty in programs that sound
Meet with a counselor in the Career & Transfer Center to learn how
programs of study and majors can prepare you for specific careers.
Read job descriptions in the
U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook.
For information on the outlook for various occupations in New York
State and earnings in the New York Metropolitan area the best site
U.S. Department of Labor’s Career InfoNet.
Talk to people who are working in careers that intrigue you. This is
Information Interviewing. How did they prepare—both academically
and experientially—for their jobs? What advice do they have for you?
If you don’t know anyone, perhaps your counselor can help.
Get a part-time job, internship or volunteer experience that relates
to a career field of interest to you.
There are many additional on-line sites to surf for researching
Career Info Websites.