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Finding Direction: How To Identify Education & Career Goals. Presented by: Los Medanos College Career Center. 5/28/2009. Some Facts About Selecting A Major. National statistics vary but up to 50% of entering college students are undecided about education and career goals.

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Finding Direction:How To Identify Education & Career Goals

Presented by:

Los Medanos College Career Center


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Some Facts About Selecting A Major

National statistics vary but up to 50% of entering college students are undecided about education and career goals.

50-70% will change their majors at least once (on average they will change majors 3 or more times before they graduate).


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More Facts

Majors do not necessarily lead to careers.

The average person will change careers 4.5 times over their lifetime and work for an average of 10 employers.

Careers in demand today- may not be 4-5 years down the line

40-60% of the jobs for the future have yet to be created!

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Why Plan?

The average person will work approximately 1/3 of their lifetime = 10,000 days!

The average person will earn approximately $2,000,000 in their lifetime with education beyond high school

Individuals often identify themselves with what they do

The career that you choose can affect your physical and mental health.

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Steps To Success

Take Action: Baby Steps or Giant Leaps

Decision Making: Checks & Balances

Exploration: Identifying Your Resources

Self Assessment: Discovering Who You Are

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Career Assessment- Discover Who You Are…

Pinpoint your interests and match them with your strengths.

Take a personality assessment to identify preferred work environments and tasks

Clarify your values, specifically what matters to you, e.g. making a lot of money or feeling that what you do makes a difference, working alone or as a part of a team.

Document your skills. What are you good at?


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Exploration- What Are Your Resources

  • Career Center Webpage

  • Counselors

  • Instructors

  • Library: LMC, City, County

  • Networking: Family, Friends, Classmates, Church, Clubs, Associations

  • Informational Interviewing

The Career Center can

provide resources and

information to begin your

exploration of majors and

Careers. Other resources to

utilize are:

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COUNS-032 Career Development

An intense career exploration designed to engage students in their own career development. Topics include how to realistically assess, review, and interpret various areas such as interests, attitudes, values, priorities, skills and strengths, goals, and career options in the current job market. The course includes the opportunity to utilize the campus Career Center. Transfer: CSU

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Decision Making




Ed Goal

With the information

you gather from self

assessment and

exploration- along with

guidance from the

Career Center and


you will be

able to make a more

informed decision.



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Take Action

Meet with Counselor to put together an Ed Plan

Creating an Ed Plan with a counselor can help you achieve your educational and career goals

Tell family and friends about your decision- saying it out loud makes it more real

Be flexible- life happens/things change

When things change, let your counselor know so they can help you modify plan.

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The Career Center Can Help

Career Assessments- FREE

Exploration Resources- FREE

Information Gathering- FREE

Resume Writing, Job Search Skills, and Mock Interviewing- FREE

Referrals To Other Student Services Programs- As needed

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For More Information

Visit the Career Center in RM 524

(Voc Tec Bldg- Across from Admissions)


Call (925) 439-2181 ext 3252

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