What can Career Services do for you?
Career Services offers assistance with exploring careers, researching career paths, seeking internships, creating a resume, and/or job searching. Career Services also collaborates with local employers by providing access to our job bank to post positions.
Career advising/services can assist with:
- Exploring skills and interests
- Developing a career plan
- Employment Opportunities:
Career fairs, recruiting events: visit our events calendar for more information
- Conducting an effective job search; gaining hands on experience with internships or work
- Developing a resume, cover letter and/or interview techniques
Assessments and Career Exploration:
Research shows that people working in a career that supports their interests, skills and goals are happier, more successful, and more fulfilled than people who simply “get a job.” Carefully planning your career by assessing your strengths and interests, exploring your options, gaining experience and making informed decisions will assist the individual in securing positive employment.
Learning about your personality and interests provides the student with added insight. What are your hobbies, skills do you have? What work have you done in the past? Is your personality extroverted or introverted? All of these factors (and many more) impact your decision about careers.
- FOCUS 2 - A self-paced, online career/education planning tool for use by college students. Access Focus 2 to register and begin to use this valuable tool. Access code: ranger
- Jung Typology Test - http://humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes2.asp
- Explore your personality type with the TypeFinder® series! Type Profiles are based on the theory of sixteen personality types originally developed by Isabel Briggs Myers.
Researching careers and utilizing resources from the Career Services web site at SAC, but it also includes finding out about what careers require by using resources as the Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center and the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Does the career start at low pay and then the employee receives significant salary raises after experience? What are the work hours and benefits? These factors (and many more) impact whether you will really enjoy a career field or not.
Do you feel entitled to a job once you have completed you education? Take a look at a few things that your employer will feel entitled to as well, in this video
The O*NET OnLine program is the nation's primary source of occupational information. The database contains information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors.
Glassdoor for Students, a free job search resource customized to meet the specific needs of college students! Glassdoor holds a growing database of 6 million company reviews, CEO approval ratings, salary reports, interview reviews and questions, office photos and more: https://www.glassdoor.com/Students/index.htm
Lastly, one needs to experience as much as possible about a career field before a final decision is made. Service learning, internships, volunteering, "shadow learning" and summer jobs in your chosen field will help one make a more informed decision. Interview people who work in the field, ask to spend a day with someone in the career field you are considering, or talk extensively with professors who teach in the major related to your career field.
Get on the SAC TRAC!
Choosing a career and finding a job is a challenge, and career guidance is extremely helpful. The Transfer and Career Center (TRAC), can assistance you with navigating your career path.
A user-friendly web-based tool, that provides real, local data about hiring trends, salary ranges, and the Alamo College programs which will get you to your intended career: http://www.emsicareercoach.alamo.edu/
Indeed enables you to search jobs posted on 1,000's of websites. Employers also post jobs directly on Indeed. No matter where a job is posted, it will be easy to find when you use Indeed.
Before you transfer or start your career, graduate! Make sure you keep up with graduation and commencement deadlines.
Remember the difference: Graduation is a two step process where you inform the college that you have successfully and officially completed all requirements to graduate, so that you may receive your diploma. Commencement refers to the ceremony celebration where you walk the stage. You must meet the eligibility criteria to graduate and participate in the Commencement ceremony.