At the College of General Studies, we are invested in your success — both in the classroom and after you complete your coursework. Career counseling is an important part of that commitment to you. We are here to assist you: to explore, discuss, and make decisions about your career and employment options, or seek assistance in making a career transition.
Manifest Your Path to Career Success
Just as no two people are the same, no two career paths are identical either. Whether you are entering the job market for the first time or considering a change after many years in the same field, there are a few universal guidelines that can help make your career path easier to navigate:
Understand that making decisions about your career is a PROCESS.
It takes time and does not usually happen instantly. Some people know what they want to do at an early age, but for most people it is a process that continues to evolve and unfold.
Realize that choosing a major does NOT seal your fate.
Many students put undue pressure on themselves because they feel that choosing a major means a lifetime commitment to that field of study. It is not uncommon for people to work in careers outside of their college major.
Seek out information that will help you with your decision.
Often people try to make decisions too soon before they have enough information. To decide about a career, it is important to gather information about yourself through self-assessment, and about various career options, through career research. There are many resources for information, such as professors, books, websites, career counselors, and professionals who work in the fields you are exploring.
Assess how the career options you are considering fit with your values.
This is a crucial factor in career decision making. Do you value helping other people? Being creative? Having time alone on your job? Once you have determined what is truly important to you, it will be easier to determine what you want to do.
Take advantage of professional career services offered at the College of General Studies.
You can meet with Carol Balk, our career consultant for one-on-one counseling and to request assistance with whatever you need. Some of our offerings include:
- Exploration of majors
- Evaluation of skills, values, and interests and more through self-assessments
- Deep search into career options in a field of interest
- Identifying the skills needed for employability
- Finding resources for internships, volunteering, and job shadowing
- Resume development and review
- LinkedIn profile development
- Interview techniques (virtual and in-person)
- Writing cover letters, thank you letters, and other forms of professional correspondence
- Job search techniques
- Virtual work environments
- Post-grad resources
- Graduate school planning
- And more!
Connect with Carol Balk, CGS and Veterans Career Consultant:
Schedule in Handshake a Zoom, phone, or email appointment with Carol.
Fall 2020 Hours: Mondays 1–4pm | Tuesdays 11am–4pm | Thursdays 1–4pm | Fridays 10am–3pm
Have a quick question but no time for a phone call?
Chat with a Career Center representative: Mondays and Thursdays 5-7pm
Visit Handshake to discover professional development opportunities such as career workshops, career fairs, meet & greets with employers and alumni, and internship and job postings.