Career Development Center
Career Exploration and Career Development
Making decisions about your career whether you are choosing a first career or exploring a career change can be a difficult, confusing task. But, this is not a challenge that you need to face alone! SFSC’s Career Development Center can help you get started by providing you with assistance to help you identify, evaluate, and implement career plans.
Six key steps in the career development process are:
- Self Assessment: Assess your knowledge, interests, skills, and workplace values. Identify your strengths and weaknesses. Think about the factors that will impact your satisfaction with your career and your life.
- Explore Your Options: Investigate specific career areas that match your knowledge, interests, skills, and values. Learn about the job outlook, work characteristics, and advantages and disadvantages of a variety of careers. Gain first-hand experience in the workplace with careers of interest through job shadowing, volunteering, informational interviews, internships, or cooperative learning (co-op) experiences.
- Make Decisions: Select a career direction, then determine the steps needed to achieve your goals and develop a plan to get there. Identify the education and training you need to complete to enter this career, and find places to obtain it. Learn more about decision-making styles and goal setting.
- Prepare for a Job Search: Create cover letters and resumes and prepare for interviews. Learn strategies for effective job hunting.
- Search for a Job: Explore local, Florida, and national job sites to identify job openings of interest. Educate yourself about job search strategies, salary negotiations, and relocation.
- Manage Your Career: Discover the secrets to on-the-job happiness and career satisfaction.
The Career Development Center can help you at each step in the process.
You DO NOT have to be an SFSC student to use our services!
Computerized Career Self-Assessment Assessment Tools
(Florida CHOICES, Kuder Journey, and Others)
- You complete brief, confidential assessments of your existing knowledge and skills, identify your work-related interests, and explore values of importance to you in your work by answering a series of questions in computer-based programs.
- Based on how you answered the questions in your assessments, a list of potential careers that are related to your knowledge, skills, interests and other personal traits are generated.
- Next, you can research the characteristics of those suggested careers to learn about:
- Duties and responsibilities
- Working conditions and settings
- Required qualifications and training
- Opportunities for advancement
- Job outlook
- Related occupations
- …and more
Career Exploration Materials
Florida Virtual Campus
At FLVC.org it’s all academic! Visit Florida schools online, access career planning resources, apply for admission and financial aid, review academic transcripts, search degree programs, and read college catalogs. More information is available on the Resources page.
Occupational Information Network (O*NET)
O*Net, the nation's primary source of occupational information, contains information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors.
Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH)
Available online in English and Spanish, the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) provides you all the detail you need to understand the characteristics of an occupation, the training and education needed, and the national job outlook for hundreds of different jobs.
Individualized, Private Career Counseling
Make an appointment to talk with a career counselor about your career ambitions and to discuss options and possible directions. Work with the counselor one-on-one to connect the results of your career assessments to potential career options, to explore advantages and disadvantages of those options for you, and to learn more about how your SFSC education can get you to your career goal. Both day and evening appointments are available, upon request.
Experiential Learning (Co-Op, Internship)
Observe career professionals in your field(s) of interest at work by volunteering, or by participating in an internship or cooperative learning (Co-Op) activity. The Career Development Center can help you locate a suitable workplace for that experience. If you sign up for a Co-Op course, you have the added advantage of also earning college credit for your experience! More information is available on the Experiential Learning page.
Preparation for College Transfer or an Advanced Degree
If you are an SFSC student who will be graduating soon, or who has recently graduated, the Career Development Center can help you move on to the next phase of your career. If you are ready to enter the workforce now, visit us for assistance with development of your resume, cover letter and/or portfolio and to locate and apply for job openings. If you are applying to another college or university to continue your studies let us help you find information about colleges that offer your program of interest, assist you with your online application, and help you create your personal statement essay. And, don’t forget about the advanced degree options available at the Highlands Campus through the SFSC University Center!
No matter where you are in planning your career or job search, we have a workshop that could help you. All workshops are free and are open to both SFSC students and the general public. Review our workshop descriptions and call to reserve your spot now!