Frequently asked questions
1. What services does The Career & Job Development Center offer?
● Career Assessment:
We offer career assessment services (Discover, Eureka, Holland’s Code, True Colors, & Meyers Briggs) to assist you in "Self Discovery". These services will help you learn more about your Interests, Abilities/Aptitudes, Values, Skills, and Personality type.
● Career Exploration:
At the Career & Job Development Center we have information systems (Eureka, Vocational Biographies, & Discover) that will help you explore your interests.
● Résumé Assistance:
We also assist in developing your cover letter and résumé. If you are not sure about what your résumé should include please visit the center or attend one of our informative workshops.
● Interview Preparation:
We provide individual training and workshops to prepare students for interviewing opportunities.
● Career Counseling:
The center offers counseling services to assist you in choosing, changing, or confirming your career choice.
● Additional Services:
Career Fairs (daytime/evening)
Online Career Resources
Catalogs of 2 and 4-year colleges and universities (public and private)
Career Resource Library
2. What is an assessment? How do I choose a career that is right for me?
Self-assessment is a process by which you learn more about yourself -- what you like, what you don't like, and how you tend to react to certain situations. Knowing these things can help you determine which occupations and work situations could be a better fit for you.
Choosing a career is an involved process that is based on a number of things. Once you have completed your self-assessment and have a solid understanding of your interests, skills, and values, it’s time to begin researching careers and comparing them to your assessment results. You might want to meet with our career counselor who will use various tools to help you in choosing a career that is right for you.
3. I’m undecided; how do I choose a major?
Step 1: Assess Yourself
Your first step is to do some self-assessment. The more you understand yourself, the clearer your life goals and the way to reach them will become. Asking yourself the following questions will give you some important clues:
● What do you truly enjoy? Consider the classes and activities that you have liked the best. What did they involve? Why did you enjoy them? There are careers related to every interest you have!
● What are you good at? Identify your skills and abilities. What types of things do you seem to do well? Are they technical…adventurous…intellectual?
● What is really important to you? Is enjoying your work more important than prestige? Is creativity more important than security? You want your choice to be compatible with your values.
● What is the coolest job you can imagine? Describe it as specifically as you can. Try to locate and contact one or two people in this area and have an informational interview.
● Ask your Career & Job Development Center staff what assessments they offer. These can help you discover more about yourself.
Step 2: Gather Information and Explore Options
Examine the majors available to you in LACC’s catalog (pg. 30). Make a list of your options and eliminate those that don’t interest you. Read about the majors remaining on your list. Mark the courses in each major that most interest you, match your abilities, and share your values. This should help you further shorten your list. Review additional information about the majors on your shortened list. Visit each department’s web pages, or read print materials they offer. Talk with a career counselor, academic counselor, students currently in these majors, and faculty members. Visit the Career & Job Development Center for resources. What is available? Does the Career & Job Development Center offer a workshop in choosing a major? Talk with the career counselor. The more information you find, the more informed your final decision will be.
Step 3: Evaluate and Make Your Major Decision
It’s time to put together the information you have collected. Consider what you have learned. Weigh the pros and cons of each option. If you haven’t already, narrow your list down to two or three majors. Consider the feasibility of a second major or making one of your options your minor. Does your institution offer what is often called an interdisciplinary major or minor? This is a major or minor you create yourself within prescribed parameters. It allows you to take classes selected from different departments that share some theme or career goal. If you are still having difficulty deciding, talk with the career counselor who can help you evaluate the information you have collected, suggest additional resources, and guide you through the decision-making process.
Step 4: Take Action
Choose student activities, internships, volunteer work, and/or part-time employment that can help you further develop your skills in areas that interest you. Talk to people who work in the career fields you are considering. Ask them about their major and how it helped them. You can attend our annual Career/Job Fair to interview people in your intended field.
4. How do I find a job that is a good fit with my major?
Research, research, research! Utilize the Eureka system and the Vocational Biographies at the Career & Job Development Center and Occupational Outlook resources online to find the titles of potential jobs within the area of your major. Examine this information and compare the opportunities to what your personal preferences are. From there, access the Vocational Biographies program at the Career & Job Development Center to read about people working in your careers of interest.
Another way to find out the "nitty gritty" of a job is to actually talk to people doing the job. Ask the Job Developer to help you set up and prepare for an Informational Interview. In an Informational Interview you sit down with a professional who works in the field you are interested in and you get the opportunity to ask them questions about the job and their life in that work environment.
You can also participate in a Job Shadow field trip. The Job Developer will set up Job Shadow field trips where you can join a group of students in a visit to a local employer. This will give you a chance to talk to people already working in the industry and to see as a part of a tour, what they do.
5. How do I write a resumé?
Your résumé is a personal marketing tool used in securing an interview. It is a written summary of your education, work experience, professional skills, and interests. It is a sample of your ability to organize and express yourself in writing, clearly, concisely, and neatly. Résumé preparation begins with self-analysis. What is your career goal (objective)? What are your skills, strengths, values, and interests? What is your experience? Target your résumé to your audience; and think about how do my experiences match the employer’s needs?
A resume should be:
● Brief – No more than one page with a font size of no less than 11. Keep the margins to one-inch.
● Organized – Categorize Information: Heading, Objective or Professional Profile, Skills Summary, Work History or Experience, and Education and Training.
● Neat – Always typed and NEVER hand written.
● Clear – List the facts about you and what you have to offer in a clear statement that can be easily understood.
● Dynamic – Start each phrase with a verb and state what you did. Talk about yourself, not others in your workplace.
6. Can the Career & Job Development Center find me a job?
Yes! The Job Developer offers assistance through each step in the process of finding a job and keeping it. From completing an application to interview preparation to advising while you are in your job, the Job Developer is there to help. Depending on how much help you need the Job Developer will work both cooperatively and collaboratively with you to help you find a job. Additionally, our job boards can assist you with this process as we have over 100 postings ever two weeks. Look out for these in AD 109!
7. What is a Career Fair?
A Career Fair is when employers from all disciplines come together to recruit, screen and hire qualified candidates. By attending a Career Fair you can gather information about a company and its programs, find out what opportunities are available, and even land an interview! So dress to impress, bring questions, and meet recruiters! Going to a Career Fair is one of the best ways to search for a new job. Furthermore, even though you may not be searching for employment, you can use these events to network and meet people in the industry of your interest.
8. Who can I make an appointment with to discuss career exploration and planning?
You can call (323) 953-4000 X 2210 in order to make an appointment with Dr. Garcia-Salas. Also, you can visit the Career & Job Development Center in AD 109. Dr. Garcia-Salas will be happy to assist you through this process.
9. What are Green Careers?
You can find out by viewing this presentation. [PPT]