To determine if you would benefit from the career counseling services offered at Carl Sandburg College, ask yourself the following questions:
If you answered “no” to any of these questions, you would benefit from career counseling. The Counseling staff offers an assortment of services to assist you with the process of making a career decision that is insightful and well-informed. The services offered are available to all residents of the Carl Sandburg College district at no charge.
The Counseling staff at Sandburg can assist you, through confidential, individualized sessions, with the process of selecting and interpreting the self-awareness instruments in order to generate career options that you may have failed to consider.
Listed below are links to examples of instruments that will generate of list of occupations that suit your personality and interests.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) provides insight into occupational options and into potential decision-making issues related to choosing a career. The full-length MBTI questionnaire is available to you at no charge by calling 309.341.5237 for an appointment. The Counseling staff at Sandburg is fully certified to administer and interpret the results of your MBTI.
Taking the time to research the options generated by an interest or personality inventory will enable you to make an informed decision based on fact, rather than merely following a hunch. Occupational research can provide the following information:
The following list represents examples of well-established websites for researching occupations:
www.careercruising.com User name: CSC Password: Careers
In addition to the information typically provided at employment websites, Career Cruising also provides projections for each state to identify the regions of the country where opportunities for employment are greatest. In addition, Career Cruising also identifies what percentage of expected job openings is due to retirements and what percentage is due to anticipated growth.
The Occupational Outlook Handbook, compiled by the Bureau of Labor, provides nationwide employment projections for specific occupational fields. This website also provides long-term, national trends regarding employment trends throughout the country.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security website offers detailed employment projections for each of the 26 Local Workforce Areas (LWA) within the state of Illinois. Residents of the Carl Sandburg College district will find local employment projections by selecting LWA 14.from the website’s drop down box. To review the employment projections for the greater quad cities area, select LWA 13; and for the greater Peoria area, select LWA 15.