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Career Exploration

Investigate careers and find those that are a good match to you.

Introduction to Counseling Services & Faculty

Career Counseling Services

Career Counseling Services

For those undecided about their careers or for those interested in learning more about career development and decision making, career counselors offer self-assessments to match interests and personality with appropriate careers, and courses in career planning. Please call (602) 787-6540 for more information or to schedule an appointment with a career counselor. One-hour appointments are available. You are also welcome to drop in. The office is located on the 1st floor of the west side of the Kranitz Student Center (KSC) building. 

Individual Courses

PVCC offers several for-credit Counseling and Professional Development courses designed to assist students in exploring career pathways:

* Learn how to chose a satisfying major and career!

* Learn how to manage your stress or anger!

* Learn how to set goals, improve your study skills, and increase your success in college!

* Learn how to develop personally!

How To Use This Guide

The career planning process involves the following steps. They are meant to be completed in sequence for best results:

  • Career Development

 

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Planning:

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Step 1: Self-Assessment. Find out who you are--your strengths, interests, and values. Then map this information to those top 10 or 20 careers and occupations providing the most overlap with your strengths, interests, and values.

Step 2: Exploration of Career Options. Use library and Internet resources to learn about your "top 10/20." For each, what is the outlook for employment (shortage or glut of people) in the field? What are the educational requirements? What salary can you expect?

Step 3: Decision Making. Using a decision-making tool, identify from your "top 10/20" the three to five careers that you are most interested in. Then learn techniques for even deeper research into these areas including educational pathways. You will emerge with a plan of action to turn your career vision into reality!

Step 4: Job Search and Development. Now that you've isolated your top career interests, use the resources you've found to identify available jobs in your fields and develop the interviewing and résumé writing skills needed to get hired.

If you want to explore further, look at the material available under the Career Development Activities and Additional Resources tabs above. And remember, Career Counseling Services can help!

PLANNING: CareersInternshipsGraduate SchoolsJob Search SEARCH Use library and Internet resources to learn about your "top 10/20." For each, what is the out-look for employment (shortage or glut of people) in the field? What are the educational requirements? What salary can you expect? 4 EXPLORE Use library and Internet resources to learn about your "top 10/20." For each, what is the out-look for employment (shortage or glut of people) in the field? What are the educational requirements? What salary can you expect? 2 DECIDE Using a decision-making tool, identify from your "top 10/20" the three to five careers that you are most interested in. Then learn techniques for even deeper research into these areas including educational pathways. 3 CAREER DEVELOPMENT PROCESS ASSESS Find out who you are — your strengths, interests, and values. Then map this information to those top 10 or 20 careers and occupations providing the most overlap with your strengths, interests, and values.