Career Exploration

Career Exploration is about gathering information, discovering opportunities, and weighing options so that you can make informed decisions about your future. By learning more about specific career fields, you will be prepared to choose an educational and career path that leads to a job best fitting who you are and what you want to do. Once you have completed the self-assessments, you are ready to begin connecting what you know about yourself to career opportunities.

Connect Your Self-Assessments to CCV Programs and Courses

During the semester make an appointment to meet with your CCV academic advisor to explore degree and course options. The following website is a useful resource when considering a degree plan: What Can I Do With This Major?
Recommended time frame, 1-15 credits.

Connect Self-Assessments to Career Options

Connect your interests, skills, abilities, personality, and values to career options. The following websites are useful resources for career exploration:

Recommended time frame, 16-30 credits.

Research Career Fields

Learn about job duties and responsibilities, education and training requirements, wages, employment trends, related occupations, and more. The following are useful resources for Career Field Research:

Recommended time frame, 31-45 credits

Interview and Shadow People to Learn More

Arrange to interview and job shadow at least two people who have careers you are interested in. To prepare, view the Build Your Professional Image resources. You will want to identify a particular career field and then use your network – ask your advisor, faculty, friends, co-workers, and family for recommendations on who to contact for an interview. The following are useful resources for informational interviewing and job shadowing:

Recommended time frame, 31- 45 credits

CCV Course Connections

Through various activities and exercises in CCV courses, you will have an opportunity to explore career fields and positions that are a good fit for who you are and what you want to do. A few courses to consider enrolling in are Dimensions of Work, Dimensions of Freedom, and CCV introduction and survey courses such as Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Business, Introduction to Human Services, and Survey of Hospitality and Tourism.

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  • “I completed my medical assisting certificate at CCV, planning to transfer into VTC’s nursing program. But I found that medical assisting work is a dead right fit for me. I am continuing for my associate in this program.”

    Francoise Kahindo Medical Assisting Student
    CCV-Winooski