Career Development

Many students are uncertain what major to choose when entering college because they have not yet decided upon a career path.  Interest inventories and career assessment tools can help you to determine what type of career you will find most rewarding.

VGCC Has A New Resource To Help Students with Academic & Career Planning!

Learn more about FOCUS 2 and create your account today!

Are you a new student? All new students must complete the FOCUS 2 career assessments before meeting with an advisor to register for classes.
Thinking of changing your major? Complete the FOCUS 2 assessments before making your final decision!
Undecided about your career goals and/or academic major? Complete the FOCUS 2 assessments!
The first step of learning about career exploration is learning about yourself.

Discuss your career goals with your advisor!

 

Many other websites and resources are available online to help students explore careers, establish career goals, and research the correct academic program to support their career goals. Correctly aligning career and academic goals is critical. Students lose time and money when they change majors multiple times. Thorough career exploration before enrolling or in the first semester of college can help students avoid these pitfalls.

 

Continue exploring careers with the websites below:

North Carolina Career Clusters Guide

Are you planning for high school, college, the workforce, or a career change? You will find the North Carolina Career Clusters Guide a valuable resource as you make these important decisions. This guide is designed to be a tool for planning and preparing for a career. It provides you a structure for selecting careers based on linking what you know about yourself with information about occupations and typical training requirements.

O'Net

The O*NET program is the nation's primary source of occupational information and is very user-friendly. The O*NET is an interactive application for exploring and searching occupations. The database, which is available to the public at no cost, is continually updated by surveying a broad range of workers from each occupation. The database also provides Career Exploration Tools, a set of valuable assessment instruments for workers and students looking to find or change careers.

CFNC

Another good website to visit is the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) at http://www.cfnc.org.  We recommend that you begin your career development journey by taking the Interest Profiler, Career Cluster Survey, and Values Sorter and then moving through the other tools available.  Follow the directions below to access the CFNC career assessments.

  • Go to http://www.cfnc.org
  • If you are a new user, click on Create My CFNC Account and follow the directions;  returning users sign in using their existing username and password
  • Hover your mouse over Plan (orange)
  • Click on For A Career from the drop-down menu
  • Select Learn About Yourself

The Interest Profiler and Career Cluster Survey are both good first assessments – the choice is yours.  No assessment will tell you the one and only career for you – they will give you several options to explore based upon your responses and are a great way to begin your career exploration.

And remember! A career assessment is just the first step!