Planning for Success

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Making a career change or choosing a new career path can be overwhelming, but hard work and planning can literally pay off! Planning for a career requires both exploring the job market and looking within yourself. The Career Services office at ACC guides students and alumni through a career planning toolkit.

SELF-ASSESSMENTS

The Career Planning Program includes Self-Assessments

The Career Planning program includes two online assessments: the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest Inventory. Once completed, an individual career counseling session will help explore your career goals and develop an educational path. Those who are undecided on a major or who need to identify new job possibilities are highly encouraged to make use of this service.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

The MBTI is a questionnaire designed to measure preferences and how people perceive the world and make decisions. It is based on the theory that understanding your personal preferences will help you identify careers that will lead to high job satisfaction.

Strong Interest Inventory (SII)

The SII assesses your interests. It is based on the theory that people are more satisfied working in jobs they find interesting and with people who share similar interests.  The SSI links your interests to college majors and possible occupations.

Choices Planner Assessment/Exploration Tool

The Choices Planner builds personalized educational plans and gives you a better idea of your attitudes and interests – and possible career choices

To get started, go to bridges.com

1. Student Sign-in:

Select Site ID Tab

Site ID: 0107566

Password: alvincc

2. Select Student Tab

Select Choices Planner

Create Your Portfolio

Complete the “Guideways”

3. Bring your summary to a Career Counselor to evaluate your assessment. For an appointment, call 281.756.3560 or
281.756.3534.

Work Values Inventory

The Work Value Inventory helps clarify your personal values.  Understanding your values identifies what is important in the work you do.  It is free and available through the Career Services office.

CAREER EXPLORATION

Once your goals have been identified, the next step is to explore possible occupations. Career exploration involves researching current trends in the labor market, salary, and the necessary education and training that match those occupations.

Most career research is done online, and Career Services staff can guide you to the resources that are most beneficial.  The Career Services office recommends the following websites:

O*Net: onetonline.org

CareerOnestop: careeronestop.org

Occupational Outlook Handbook:
bls.gov/ooh

Texas Hot Jobs Website:
texashotjobs.org

Informational Interviews

One of the best ways to learn about a career is to talk with someone working in the field you are researching. You can receive first-hand information about the career field, how to get started, and ideas on other associated occupations. Career Services can provide you with questions to help prepare for interviews.

CAREER PREPARATION

One of the toughest challenges in career planning is narrowing down your career choice and setting related goals. Career Counseling can guide students in selecting a career path related to their programs and in-line with their interests and personalities. Contact the Enrollment Services Center (ESC) to make an appointment with a Career Counselor.

MARKETING YOURSELF

Employment Services:
The Job Search

When it is time to begin the employment search, the Career Services staff can help in every step. They help you craft a resume and cover letters, target job leads, register in job databases, complete applications on-line, network and develop job interviewing skills.
For assistance, contact careerservices@alvincollege.edu.

On-Line Job Database, JobLink

Registered students and alumni can search for jobs, post resumes for employers to review and more at ACC’s online database, JobLink – just click on the JobLink logo at alvincollege.edu.

CAREER MANAGEMENT TIPS

Continual changes in work organization, management and technology means that learning is a lifelong process, well after you’ve completed formal education. The following steps can assist with managing your career:

Familiarize yourself with new technology and changes in your industry

Be willing to learn new things and develop new skills

Continue to explore your options

Take refresher courses and pursue additional training in your industry

And continuously update your RESUME!

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