Career Planning Guide
I. What do I want to do?
- Interests – What jobs, classes, subjects interest me most?
- Abilities – What am I good at, what comes easy to me, what can I learn to do?
- Needs – What are my income, family, lifestyle needs?
- Values – What’s most important to me?
- Key Point: Focus on intrinsic motivators more than extrinsic motivators.
- WOIS Career Information System – www.wois.org
- TypeFocus Personality Questionnaire – www.typefocus.com (Call the Counseling & Advising Center for site passwords)
II. What careers are available?
- Job Duties – what type of work, what setting, working with who or what, what schedule?
- Job Outlook – Is the job market growing or shrinking, will I be able to find employment?
- Job Pay/Benefits – Do the salary, health benefits, retirement, etc. meet my needs?
- Job Requirements – What degree or certificate does the job require?
- Key Point: Know if your desired job has a specific degree or certificate, or if it is general.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook – www.bls.gov/ooh
- Indeed.com: www.indeed.com/
III. What program at YVC can help me get the career I want?
- YVC Degrees & Certificates – Rank your top choices: 1st, 2nd, 3rd
- Degree Requirements – look at the specific classes needed for each degree and scale 1 – 10
- Separate Admission – Yes or No? What are the admission rates, GPA requirements, etc?
- Time & Cost – How long will it take and how much will it cost? 15 credits/quarter = $1,500
- Key Point: Know your degree or certificate requirements.
- Degree & Certificate Search and Degree Audit – www.yvcc.edu
- Career Bridge: http://www.careerbridge.wa.gov/
IV. Additional Steps for Your Professional Development:
- Information Interviews
- Work Experience
- Books, Classes, Workshops/Trainings, Certifications
- Job Shadow
- Professional Organizations
V. Succeed with Assistance
- Meet with your advisor regularly
- Utilize the Counseling & Advising Center, Deccio Building, (509) 574–4956
- If you have any questions, ask for assistance!