If you are undecided about your college major/future career, check out SCC's career services. Most colleges and universities offer this service to help you figure it out. Career counselors are available to assist you develop greater self-awareness through assessment, identifying and evaluating opportunities and in exploring career styles and trends.
Assessments can be helpful to identify your interests, values and activities. When interpreting the results of the assessment, the career counselor will explore a list of careers that you may be interested in pursuing based upon how you answered the questions. The process is to help you identify careers and college majors that will be a good fit and that you will enjoy.
For information about St. Charles Community College’s career services, visit www.stchas.edu/careers.
If you would like to take an assessment on your own, FOCUS is a free tool you can use. Go to Focus Assessment and use the access code: Cougars
Another great resource as you explore what majors/careers are right for you can be found at https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/explore-careers
To job shadow real jobs online, click here: http://www.jobshadow.com/job-titles/
Missouri has identified six career paths as a way to help students become aware of and explore careers in a logical and meaningful way. They are:
Arts and Communications – creative path
Business Management Technology – business path
Natural Resources Agriculture – nature path
Human Services – helping path
Industrial and Engineering Technology – building and fixing path
Health Services – health path
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Another great resource as you explore what majors/careers are right for you can be found at:
While education is important to future employers, having practical experience can really help you land that dream job upon graduation from college. Finding a part-time job/internship in the field you are studying can help you:
Explore career possibilities associated with your major
Begin to develop a network of professionals who may be able and willing to help you land your first full-time job.
Most colleges and universities offer job search assistance through their career services. Career counselors are available to help you in various phases of your job search including:
helping you write your résumé, cover letter and reference page.
practicing job interviews.
helping you determine the best steps to follow up with an employer.
Be sure to use this valuable resource while attending college.
For information about St. Charles Community College’s career services, go to www.stchas.edu/careers/
St. Charles Community College utilizes a free online job posting program, College Central Network. This is a great way to connect students and recent graduates with job/internship possibilities. Check it out at: www.collegecentral.com/stchas
To get and keep a job, typically you need skills, education and training. Beyond the technical skills, though, are the soft skills that matter. Employers tell us that possessing those skills are what make an employee an exceptional one. While your technical skills may get your foot in the door, your people skills are what open most of the doors to come.
What are soft skills?
These skills help you develop interpersonal and relationship-building skills which in turn help you communicate and collaborate more effectively. How do you develop soft skills?
Practice! Practice! Practice!
The Career Services Department at St. Charles Community College realizes the importance of helping students develop soft skills. Each year they host the “Panache That Pays” etiquette luncheon. Maria Everding, “St. Louis’ Miss Manners” presents an interactive and fun workshop where students learn those valuable “soft skills” that can help them land and keep that dream job. For more information about Maria’s program, visit: www.theetiquetteinstitute.com.
What are the hot jobs today and of the future? The state of Missouri developed a publication that addresses this question.
Learn more, earn more — and avoid unemployment. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) consistently show that with increased education, median earnings rise and average rates of unemployment fall.
Completing an educational program demonstrates qualities – such as initiative, willingness to learn and organizational ability – that employers value.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics