Explore Careers and Majors

Success imageWhether you are trying to choose a major, research career paths, or find out the educational requirements needed to pursue your dream job we can help you throughout the entire process! Here, you will find resources to help you research, explore and identify careers and majors that match your interests, skills and personality.  All of our resources are free to our students and if you need support you can stop by the Career and Transfer Center for one-on-one assistance.  Please explore the useful links and documents on this webpage for more information.         

Find the right career for me

Ah, the dreaded question...What do you want to do with your life? For some, the answer is simple...I don't know! While some people may wake up one morning at age five and decide on their life path and never alter, most do not. So what does this mean for the masses? Trying to find the correct career path for you can be time consuming, frustrating, and overwhelming. The good news is that there are may tools and resources online that can help. We have collected a few of our favorites and listed them here for you to explore and experiment with. Not all sites will speak to you personally, and your favorite may not be the same as the person next to you. What all of these sites do have in common is that they offer assessments and profilers that will help you to evaluate who you are and what you want. The tests will look at your personality, skills, interests, and values, and how all of those play into what career would be best for you...if not for forever at least for who are you at this moment.

 

Career Village

On CareerVillage.org students post requests for career advice. The platform automatically matches those requests to members of an online pool of working professionals based on their skills and experiences. This resource provides students with an easy way to get personal guidance.

 

California Career Zone

California Career Zone is a proven, successful career exploration and planning system designed especially for students. Jobseekers, educators, and counselors will also benefit from the wealth of information on 900 occupations from the Occupational Information Network (O*Net) database.

Users are encouraged to work through the Interest Profiler, Work Importance Profiler, and Assess Yourself assessment based on the Holland Codes for self-exploration. Comprehensive information on 900 occupations includes state specific wages, worker attributes, job characteristics, and much more. There are 300 career videos that give users a snap shot of the featured occupation. Job openings on Job Central are easily accessible within each occupations profile. Please continue on investigating from the Resource link where other useful resources are listed.

 

Who Do You Want 2B

This site includes Information on California high school and community college courses, career options, and financial assistance. It will help you make decisions about the right courses to take in high school and community college so that you have the opportunity to turn that passion of yours into a great job and a great future.

 

My Next Move

My Next Move is an interactive tool for job seekers and students to learn more about their career options. My Next Move has tasks, skills, salary information, and more for over 900 different careers. Users can find careers through keyword search; by browsing industries that employ different types of workers; or through the O*NET Interest Profiler, a tool that offers personalized career suggestions based on a person's interests and level of work experience.

 

California Career Cafe

A virtual career center for California Community College students that offers insights and tools to help identify career decisions.

 

What Can I Do With A Major In...?

Use this resource to see a list of the 80 majors outlined on the site. Click on any major title to access information and links. The information outlines common career areas students enter with this major, typical employers that hire students in this field and strategies designed to maximize career opportunities. Understand that the areas and websites are representative of typical career paths associated with each major and are not an exhaustive list. The websites included in the links section provide additional information about each major and the occupations commonly associated with it. Research links within four categories: Professional Associations, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Miscellaneous Career Sites and Job Postings.

 


 

Career and Major Research

How much money can I make an a photovoltaic designer? What kind of companies will hire me? Is this a job that is growing in demand? What skills and experience do I need to have to get a job in the field? What is a typical day like for someone in this profession?

These are just a few of the questions you may be asking yourself for your chosen or prospective career choice. So, where can you find the answers? Here are a list of a few resources that we use and recommend to begin your research and find the answers to these and many more questions that you may have.

 

Eureka

As this dynamic and volatile labor market changes before our very eyes, those of us who are job seekers, students, parents, educators, or members of the general adult population are more empowered when we have a perspective of who we are and where we want to fit in this rapidly changing economy. EUREKA.org can prove to be a great assist in this effort! Explore more than 3,000 career references which include descriptions, related careers, and specialty occupations. Our databases cover careers from the certificate level through those requiring a postgraduate degree. "EUREKA is a Goldmine of Career Information". (Please use code OS2PERV to create your free account.)

 

O*NET OnLine

Welcome to your tool for career exploration and job analysis! O*NET OnLine has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more!

 

Glassdoor

Glassdoor is the world's most transparent career community that is changing the way people find jobs, and companies recruit top talent. Glassdoor holds a growing database of 6 million company reviews, CEO approval ratings, salary reports, interview reviews and questions, benefits reviews, office photos and more. Unlike other jobs sites, all of this information is entirely shared by those who know a company best — the employees. Add to that millions of the latest jobs — no other community allows you to see which employers are hiring, what it's really like to work or interview there according to employees, and how much you could earn. Glassdoor is also available via its mobile app on iOS and Android platforms.

 

California Labor Market Information

The EDD promotes California's economic health by providing information to help people understand California's economy and make informed labor market choices.

 

Career Coach

Career Coach is a district-run website that allows you to find a good career by providing the most current local data on wages, employment, job postings, and associated education and training. Career Coach also shows detailed information about the various occupations available.

 

Learn How to Become

Learn How to Become is a website that allows you to have an insight in the details of the different jobs out there. You are also able to search degrees and major paths according to the field in which you want to work in. The website also has a plethora of guidebooks filled with tips and advice for resume, interview, job searching. 

 

Computer Science Career Resources

The three links below will direct you to a plethora of information regarding career and job industry information about the computer science field.

Computer Engineering Career Information

Information Technology Career Information

Software Engineering Career Resources


 

Career Counseling

DVC offers various avenues to receive career counseling. Career Services has drop-in hours during which we will sometimes have a career counselor available. These counselors can help you begin your career search, help to narrow down your choices, or help to direct your research. While it is true that the other staff who works in the center are not actual career counselors we can assist in your career pursuits and help lead you to the correct resources.

 

A second way to get career counseling would be to meet with one of DVC's experienced counselors. They can help to give you some direction in your search as well as ask you the tough questions about you and your goals. Counseling appointments can be booked either by phone or in person. Please be sure to let the receptionist know that you are seeking career advice when booking your appointment.

 

A third way that DVC can assist you in your career research and exploration is through our counseling classes. Each semester DVC offers some or all of the following courses:

CARER-110 Career and Life Planning - 3 units
In this course students will learn research strategies to make effective career and major choices, using a variety of techniques to find, retrieve, and evaluate career planning information. Utilizing career assessments, students will identify their preferred work values, interests, skills and personality traits. Research will then focus on the exploration of labor market needs, educational and employment requirements, and career ladders within given professions resulting in an effective educational and job search plan. This course will develop psychological "soft skills" in the domain of human relations: interpersonal communication, self-esteem and professional confidence, emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, and effective collaboration in term-building skills. CSU

CARER-120 Career Assessment - 1 unit
This course is designed to promote self-awareness through the administration of career assessments, discussion and interpretation of interests, aptitude, personality and values assessments. Various career assessment inventories will be used as a starting point in the career exploration process. Recommended for people changing careers and/or re-entering the workforce. CSU

CARER-130 Career and Major Exploration - 1 unit
This course is designed for students who are undecided about their career and/or educational goals. It includes an introduction to the basic career planning process and computerized information systems that aid in the research of occupational and college major options. CSU

CARER-140 Job Search Strategies - 1 unit
This course prepares students for the employment search process including identification of goals and job skills, how to complete an application, traditional and electronic cover letters and resumes, interviewing techniques, job market research and overview of employee and employer rights. Students will identify and discuss the employability skills most commonly sought by employers. CSU

CARER-170 Career Transitions - 1 unit
This course provides a theoretical and practical basis for the student to define and plan individual career/life goals. Lecture and discussions will analyze the processes involved in making informed career decisions as well as effective strategies for determining career goals. Students will also identify and discuss the employability skills most commonly sought by employers. CSU