Career exploration and planning is a collaborative and ongoing process of determining career and educational goals compatible with individuals’ interests, values, aspirations, talents, personality, motivators and other personal characteristics.
We strive to help students realize how Dutchess Community College can connect them to their dream career, therefore reinforcing the importance of a college degree.
Coaches can help in the following ways:
Coaches will guide individuals to develop a greater understanding of themselves through individual career planning sessions.
Career Exploration and Development Services
This includes resume assistance, cover letters, job hunting skills and mock interviews. We also guide individuals in using online tools such as Focus 2, Career Coach and O*NET.
O*NET (www.onetonline.org) provides occupational information that can help students explore careers, including job outlook and salary.
is an interactive online career and education planning system made specifically for college students. Focus 2 begins by helping you to find out more about where you are in the career decision making process.
To utilize Focus 2, click on the link. You will be asked to set up your own Focus 2 account and will then need to enter the access code Falcons. The access code is case sensitive. If this is your first time using Focus 2, it is recommended that you meet with a coach for guidance. If you have and questions about utilizing Focus 2, contact Career Services at 790-3750.
Provide individual interpretation, which can assist in identifying a potential career path and choose a major based on results from the following assessments:
Myers Briggs Type Indicator: Personality type inventory designed to help students find a work environment that best matches their personality. MBTI can also be connected to helping students identify their learning style, which leads to them adapting their study skills and can lead to success and retention.
Strong Interest Inventory: A career interest inventory that is designed to help students explore potential career paths. This inventory compares responses to professionals in the workforce. By identifying potential career paths, students often become motivated to succeed in their college career. Aligning interests to professionals who are already in a desired field leads to a good fit for a student.
We also have special career-related events on campus, including Job Fairs, that may change year to year.