WELCOME! Deciding is more Usual than Unusual for college freshmen. Relax! Don't worry. There are many opportunities available for assistance in making a sound career decision. Some of your options are:
- Visit with the Director of Career Services, Marcia Foss
- Stop by Career Services, McF 209, and browse through information
- Visit the Career Services Office for interest testing
Access Assessments – free and on line:
Which one/ones do you use for making important decisions?
- PLANNING – weigh the facts – consideration of values, information, alternatives, consequences – a rational approach – balance between thinking and feeling
- IMPULSIVE – Don't look before you Leap – little thought or examination
- INTUITIVE – It feels right. Automatic – preconscious choice based on 'inner harmony'
- COMPLIANT – anything you say sir – nonassertive – let someone else decide follow someone else's plan
- DELAYING – Cross that bridge later – procrastination, avoidance, postpone thought & action
- FATALISTIC – It's all in the cards – what will be will be
- AGONIZING – What If? I don't know what to do? Worrying that a decision will be a wrong one
- PARALYTIC – Can't face up to it – complete indecision and fear
How does your strategy affect your Career Decision Making Ability?
Choosing a CAREER is a life development process – at different points during the process, different issues must be decided – thus, PLANNING is the key to reaching your goals!!
STEPS TO CAREER/LIFE PLANNING SUCCESS
BEGIN WITH: SELF-ASSESSMENT
- Personality & Attitudes
- Skills & Achievements
- Knowledge & Learning Style
- Information Search
- Information Interview
- Job Shadow
- Hands on Experience
- Career Objectives
- Personal Objectives
- Community Service
- Lifelong Learning
- Job/Work Search
- Resumes & Letters
- Job/Work Interviews
- Work Offers & Acceptance
- Success at Work
- Re-evaluation – Periodically, re-evaluate your career/life plans by starting at the beginning and reviewing where you are.