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Career Exploration

Career exploration is integral to an individual’s life planning. The services, resources, programs and activities provided by HCC Career Services can be helpful in assisting students reach their ultimate goals: graduating and finding a job related to their major.

Fundamentals of Career Exploration

  • Knowledge of one's values, goals, skills, interests, and personality is fundamental to a wise career choice.
  • Whether selecting courses for a semester, choosing a major, or deciding a career path, self-awareness is critical.
  • An understanding of the world of work is also very important.
  • Knowledge of occupations can be acquired from career literature, informational interviews, and working part-time or volunteering in a career field.

Career Counseling at the Career Services Office

Individual counseling is available to assist you in developing career goals, identifying methods of obtaining those goals and implementing a viable job search.

   1. Self-Assessment

Inventory your: Values. Interests. Skills. Achievements. Accomplishments. Strengths. Weaknesses. Think about it. Complete an assessment. Sit down with a career counselor and formulate a career plan.

   2. Explore & Identify

Research. Network. Attend employer presentations. Attend school presentations. Use the Internet to check out company web pages. Cross-reference specific employer information with industry information on like kinds of companies. Talk to alumni. Talk to faculty. Arrange informational interviews. Visit grad schools of interest. Exploration and information gathering helps to identify the specifics.

   3. Decide

Assessment and Exploration will help you to identify which path(s) you wish to pursue. With information, you can decide what course of action you want to take.

   4. Action Plan

You've decided what you want to do. Now is the time to design a plan to get there. Know what you need to do. Start the application process early. Sharpen your resume. Hone your interviewing skills. Go For It.

Lisanette Rosario, Assistant Director of Career Development
Career Services Office
Savoy Building, room 210

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