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Major and Career Exploration

Choosing your major or career direction takes time and consideration. Many at SBCC find their path by doing some personal assessment and career/ major exploration online, with a counselor, or with materials in the Career Center. Assessments help you gain an understanding of your interests, values, strengths, preferences and personality type to help you identify occupations or a course of study that fits your particular profile. The Career Center offers a comprehensive Assessment Packet at minimal cost ($30 for students) using Myers-Briggs and Strong Interest Inventories and a followup workshop; other assessments are available for free.

Majors

The following are online resources geared to help you explore majors AND answer the burning question: What can I do with a Major in . . .?

  • EUREKA: Use this powerful interactive tool (that SBCC pays for!) to explore majors, schools and careers. Go to www.eureka.org and create your own account using the SBCC site ID code: VUOHNDU. Be sure to check out some of the assessments that go with this program -- like "True Colors".  You can look at comprehensive major overviews which include links to what is offered in that major at UC and Cal State schools and see "related majors" and "related occupations" -- or explore by occupation areas of interest and see how to get there!
  • What Can I do with this major? from University of Tennessee (includes links to career titles)
  • SBCC Career Technical Education Programs: This web page includes information on short-term career/vocationally oriented programs at SBCC, including links to majors and career related occupations, wages, and outlooks.
  • From  My Plan.com (includes career titles and descriptions; esp. see video library of professions)
  • From  University of North Carolina, Wilmington (includes career titles, overviews, skills)

Choose a Major Worksheet: On this worksheet you identify descriptive words and phrases that sound like you in six interest areas. Using the three highest-scoring areas of your worksheet, you can identify corresponding majors at SBCC to explore based on Holland's Hexagram of Interests.  

ASSIST.ORG: Explore majors and prerequisites for Cal State and UC campuses.

California Colleges Website:  On the explore colleges page, use the Undergraduate Student-Campus Matching Assistant to identify colleges that have your major and meet other criteria you set.

Careers

The following are excellent resources that focus on career exploration.

  • SBCC Career Technical Education Programs: This web page includes information on short-term career/vocationally oriented programs at SBCC, including links to majors and career related occupations, wages, and outlooks.
  • EUREKA: Use this powerful interactive tool (that SBCC pays for!) to explore majors, schools and careers. Go to www.eureka.org and create your own account using the SBCC site ID code: VUOHNDU. Be sure to check out some of the assessments that go with this program -- like  "True Colors".  You can look at comprehensive major overviews which include links to what is offered in that major at UC and Cal State schools and see  "related majors" and  "related occupations" -- or explore by occupation areas of interest and see how to get there!
  • California Career Zone: This is an great career exploration program with a focus on California. Particularly check out "Job Families" – it includes a good filter and videos – and also check out the Assessments (e.g. skills, interests, and work importance profilers).
  • O*NET ONLINE: a nationally maintained source of occupational information. Central to the project is the O*NET database, containing information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors. It includes ROBUST advanced SEARCH functions.
  • Check out the "How I Made It!" Career Workshops sponsored by the Career Center each semester, with people in various fields sharing highlights of what they do and how they got to where they are!  Past workshops were videotaped and are posted in the Video Library.

Career Counseling: Feel free to make an appointment with a career counselor on a drop-in or appointment basis to discuss major and career options, or consider taking a personal development career class.

Roadtrip Nation: A website with inspirational videos of students interviewing people who followed their own roads in life. Last summer four career counselors also Hit the Road!!! Check out SBCC's Career Team on a RoadTrip Nation Roadtrip, doing Informational Interviews with some pretty interesting characters.


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