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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Los Medanos College Career Center
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).
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!
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.
Take Action: Baby Steps or Giant Leaps
Decision Making: Checks & Balances
Exploration: Identifying Your Resources
Self Assessment: Discovering 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?
The Career Center can
provide resources and
information to begin your
exploration of majors and
Careers. Other resources to
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
With the information
you gather from self
exploration- along with
guidance from the
Career Center and
you will be
able to make a more
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.
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
Visit the Career Center in RM 524
(Voc Tec Bldg- Across from Admissions)
Call (925) 439-2181 ext 3252
love your work.”