Career Counseling

Career Counseling

 

To determine if you would benefit from the career counseling services offered at Carl Sandburg College, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Have I identified the specific job or position that I want once I graduate?
  • Have I job-shadowed or visited with someone who works in the field that I’ve chosen?
  • Have I thoroughly researched the employment projections for job openings, the anticipated pay as well as any recommendation for people entering my chosen profession?
  • Have I explored a range of career options before selecting my major?
  • Am I comfortable considering options for a career in a field in which I have no personal experience?
  • When I discuss my current career goals with others, do I feel confident that I’ve made the right choice?

 

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. 

 

Self-Awareness Resources:
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.

 

www.careercruising.com   Username: CSC  Password: Careers
Career Cruising offers a brief interest inventory to generate occupational options based on your interests. 

 

http://www.personalitypage.com/portraits.html
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.

Occupational Research 
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:

  • Information regarding the daily duties for an occupation
  • Degree and or certification requirements for an occupation
  • Starting and average salaries
  • Projections for future job opportunities
  • Related or similar jobs
  • Working conditions

 

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.

 

http://www.bls.gov/emp/
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. 

 

http://wic.ilworkinfo.com/assistance.asp
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.