Career Counseling

Career development is more than just deciding on a major and what job you want to get when you graduate. It really is a lifelong process, meaning that throughout your life you will change, situations will change, and you will continually have to make career and life decisions. The goal of Career Counseling is to not only help you make the decisions you need to make now, but to give you the knowledge and skills you need to make future career and life decisions.

What can I expect?

YOUR CAREER COUNSELOR WILL:

  • Help you figure out who you are and what you want out of your education, your career, and your life.
  • Be someone for you to talk to about your thoughts, ideas, feelings, and concerns about your career and educational choices, who will help you sort out, organize, and make sense of your thoughts and feelings.
  • Help you identify the factors influencing your career development, and help you assess your interests, abilities, and values.
  • Help you locate resources and sources of career information.
  • Help you to determine next steps and develop a plan to achieve your goals.

Who needs Career Counseling?

Since career development is a lifelong process, Career Counseling can be appropriate for anyone, including freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and even alumni. The earlier you get started making intentional decisions about your future, however, the better prepared you will be! We recommend that all freshmen come in and visit with a Career Counselor.

Below are some examples of concerns that bring students to Career Counseling:

  • “I have no idea what I want to do with my life.”
  • “I don’t know what to major in.”
  • “I’ve narrowed it down to a couple career options, but I’m having a hard time choosing between them.”
  • “I know what I want to major in, but I have no idea what I want to do once I graduate.”
  • “I know what I want to do, but I’m not sure what the best major would be.
  • “I want to know what kinds of jobs I can get with my major.”
  • “I don’t feel like I know enough about all the different careers out there to know what I want to do.

Who is a Career Counselor?

The Career Center staff member assisting you holds a masters degree and has expertise in career development theory, counseling techniques, administration and interpretation of assessments, and career information resources.Your job search/ career attainment process is also a critical aspect of your career development, and therefore, Job Search Advising and Career Counseling are intertwined. Your Career Counselor is also fully trained to assist with all aspects of your job search.