The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook lists over 5,000 jobs. Certainly there is a satisfying and rewarding career out there for all of us. However, trying to determine which career is the best fit for your interests, passions, and skills can sometimes feel overwhelming.
CCV’s career development materials, your coursework, your faculty who are practitioners in their fields, advising services, special workshops, guest speakers, events; and other students are valuable resources as you embark on career planning.
What to Do When
All of your courses and CCV experiences are part of your career development. CCV has developed an effective Career Development Timeline which breaks your career preparation into small action steps that are timely and manageable. You can see how the work you do – even at the beginning of your CCV education – is important in shaping your overall pathway.
Career Development Timeline
- Identify your interests, skills and values.
- Evaluate your financial goals.
- Explore courses and career options of interest with an academic advisor; share your interests, skills, values and financial goals during this discussion.
- Research career trends – future opportunities, salary, and education needed.
- Work with your academic advisor to create a degree plan and to identify the sequence of courses that best meets your career and educational goals.
- Conduct informational interviews and engage in job shadowing to learn more about career fields.
- Evaluate your professional image and identify your strengths and weaknesses.
- Use experiences in First Semester Seminar (Dimensions of Work or Dimensions of Freedom) and introductory professional courses, such as Introduction to Human Services, to explore CCV Career Resources and begin identifying potential CWE field placement opportunities in your community.
- Apply for CCV work-study if you are a financial aid student.
- Begin to develop a professional resume, updating each semester to reflect the new skills and experiences acquired.
- Develop a spending and savings plan.
- Continue to explore career options and build professional connections.
- Cultivate references in your field of study.
- Search for potential schools you may want to transfer to after CCV.
- Engage in an experiential learning experience such as an internship, CWE, or
community-engaged learning course.
- Review program outcomes for your degree and consider the skills you have cultivated during your coursework.
- Reflect on those skills that you want to practice during your field experience.
- Continue to refine your resume, adding newly acquired professional skills and experiences.
- Start to look at local and regional job postings to see what types of opportunities may be available.
- Meet with a financial aid counselor to discuss how to manage your student loan debt.
- Continue to add professional experience and training to your resume and cover letter.
- Gather references and practice your interviewing skills.
- Apply for job opportunities.
- Apply for admission and financial aid at transfer schools.
Semester before CWE or Internship course*
- Compile a list of possible field placement locations in your community. Identify contact information for each organization.*
- Create a draft statement of learning goals for your field placement based on the program outcomes for your degree.*
- Review your resume and make any needed modifications.
- Register for your internship course or CWE and complete any pre-class assignments.