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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
 
 
 
 
 
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DECISION-MAKING STRATEGIES

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
  • Values
  • Interests
  • Entrepreneurism
OCCUPATIONAL RESEARCH

  • Information Search
  • Information Interview
  • Job Shadow
  • Hands on Experience
  • Trends
DECISION MAKING

  • Career Objectives
  • Personal Objectives
  • Community Service
  • Lifelong Learning
EMPLOYMENT CONTACTS

  • Job/Work Search
  • Resumes & Letters
  • Job/Work Interviews
WORK

  • Work Offers & Acceptance
  • Success at Work
CAREER/LIFE PLANNING

  • Re-evaluation – Periodically, re-evaluate your career/life plans by starting at the beginning and reviewing where you are.
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Office Information
Career Services
Valley City State University
101 College St SW
Valley City, ND 58072
Email: career.services@vcsu.edu

Director: Marcia Foss

Administrative Assistant:
Kari Bodine

Email: career.services@vcsu.edu

Phone Numbers
800-532-8641 ext. 37301
701-845-7301

Fax Number: 701-845-7253

Office Location: McFarland 209

Office Hours
Academic Year: 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Summer: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.



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