We are here to help students learn more about themselves and careers. As you explore, research and use our career resources we hope that you will use the information to make the right decisions that will have a positive impact on the course of your future. We also provide specialized support services for students enrolled in Career Technical Education classes.
Note: The Career Center will be closed on Fridays due to summer hours.
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Careers For Your Future
Step 1: Assessment
In order to choose the right major for you it's important to identify who you are, what's important to you and what natural skills you currently have. The below assessment tools are available in the Career Center (each approximately 20-30min to complete):
Choices 360 Online
This assessment will help you discover your career/major interest and provide you with a list of related occupations. You can complete this assessment at home or in the Career Center. Choices 360 Online Guide (PDF)
Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
If after taking the Choices Planner you still need help with career selection, we recommend you then sign up to complete the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). This is a helpful assessment which matches your personality with careers
This assessment helps you discover your current skills and interests and then match your results to careers, college majors and academic programs. Login information for Career Cruising: Username: swccd Password: chulavista - once you log in, click on "Assessments." When you have completed all 3 Assessments, you will receive a list of top 20 Careers which are best suited for you!
(each takes approximately 20 minutes to complete)
- Career Matchmaker
This assessment focuses on your current interests.
- My Skills
This assessment focuses on your current skills.
- Learning Styles
This assessment helps you to identify your academic strengths.
For additional information regarding all of these assessments and to schedule a specialized career follow-up appointment please come to the Career Center at the Chula Vista Main Campus today.
IMPORTANT: Make sure you complete a Career Follow-Up intake form and bring it to your appointment.
View the Career Center Activities Calendar or call (619) 421-6700 x5247!
Step 2: Career Exporation
There are so many Career Alternatives which can incorporate your natural strengths, skills, interests and personality. The below online resources give you information regarding Careers, Job Outlook, Salary and more helpful tools:
- What Can I Do With a Major In?
This website matches college majors with related careers.
- California Career Cafe
Explores 15 career pathways with career opportunities!
- Career Cruising
Research any career including job description, earnings, professional training and educational requirements.
This website reports the 30 most popular careers including job descriptions, salary and training information.
- Virtual College Network
The Virtual Career Network can help you prepare and qualify for a well- paying job and a rewarding career in Healthcare, Green Economy or Transit by connecting you to the education and training you need. You can also explore job strategies for age 50+ workers.
- My Workforce Connection
This site works towards connecting industry sector employers, community college career technical program providers and students with the goal of developing a stronger regional economy and reduction in the jobs skills gap between workers and employers.
- Careered.org Discover and explore different careers/industries and choose a college program, major, and certificate or degree to begin your career journey.
- Workshop Presentations (see below)
View past Career Showcase, Job Readiness and Career Preparation presentations that took place in our Career Center.
Step 3: Choosing a Career/Major
Once you have identified the Career that Interests you, it is time to plan your educational path.
General Education (GE) classes are those general courses required of everyone in order to earn a degree and/or transfer: (GE + Major = Min. of 60 units)
To view your General Education requirements click on the appropriate PDF below:
- Plan A - Associates Degree
Associates Degree Requirement (PDF)
- Plan B - Transfering to CSU Schools Only
CSU Breadth Requirement (PDF)
- IGETC - Transferring to UC, CSU, Private and/or Out-of-State Universities
IGETC - UC/CSU GE (PDF)
Careers for Your Future
Not every career requires a degree. This link provides you with information regarding high demand technical careers which often only require a certificate or specialized training.
For more questions please contact us at (619) 421-6700 x5240, or schedule an appointment with a counselor to help plan out your classes today!
Step 4: Improving Professional Skills
To stand out from other job seekers requires strong resume and interviewing skills as well as previous work or internship experience in the field. Below are resources that can help you get the edge:
This website provides information on how to write a resume and cover letter which is specialized for your particular career.
- Resume Handbook (PDF)
This booklet is designed to help you with every step in developing a professional looking resume. Steps for getting started in developing your resume along with key words and sample resumes are provided.
- Career Café
A Virtual Career Center for California Community College Students. The site contains insights and tools to help you identify your career direction.
- Student Employment Services
Go to this website for Internship and Employment opportunties as well as resume/interview assistance.
Need help using the internet to search for a job? This program is a FREE, ONLINE learning platform that will teach you the basic Internet skills you need to find a job.
- Career Matchmaker
A critical part of your career or job satisfaction depends upon your knowledge of yourself, and the skills you possess, your values and interests.
California Career Café describes the journey of exploring possibilities by “Opening the door to various career possibilities and by imagining the future you want for yourself. Doing some self-inquiry and reflection will help you get in touch with who you are and what you want in your life and in your work. This is an important step in finding a career that is right for you.”
Careered.org Discover and explore different careers/industries and choose a college program, major, and certificate or degree to begin your career journey.
Watch a short video addressing where you may want to be in 5 years. To get started, review the Steps to Career Success above. Steps 1 & Steps 2 which will assist you with the Assessment and Career Exploration process.
Once you know your major and have defined academic and career goals, it is time to discuss your plans with a counselor who will assist you with developing a Student Educational Plan (SEP) and show you the right general education classes to fit your needs. To learn more about the general education requirements, go to Step 3 above.
Having a strong and confident image will set you head and shoulders above the rest of the competition when seeking employment. The Career Center offers a variety of workshops to assist in this preparation that include resume writing, interview training, and job searching and networking strategies. Every step of the way our Counselors are there to critique and review your progress as well as provide support and encouragement.
If you are ready to start preparing to look for employment, proceed to Step 4 above. We also recommend you schedule time to attend our workshops and use our exceptional resources to get you the career of your choice.
The presentations linked below provide all students with access to past presentations that took place in our Career Center and will assist all students with their job readiness and career preparation. To receive credit for viewing each presentation you can review the Learning objectives outlined, and complete the workshop summary questions.
To receive credit for viewing this presentation, complete the Career Planning Research Worksheet. This assignment must be approved by your instructor for you to request credit.
Life Sciences and Biotech Showcase, April 28, 2015
Summary: Six panelists with extensive experience teaching and hiring our current Biotech, Medical Laboratory Technologist, and Biomedical professional workforce provide information on the careers paths for biotechnology, medical laboratory and medical office professions as well as the hiring and program application process. The program is hosted by Dr. Gloria Banuelos, Deputy Sector Navigator for Life Sciences/Biotechnology from the Southern California Biotechnology Center @ SD Miramar College. (115 minutes)
Hospitality and Small Business Showcase, October 13, 2015
Summary: Six panelists with wide-ranging backgrounds in entrepreneurship, hotel management, and small business development reflected on their experiences in the customer service and owner operated business industries. The Small Business Deputy Sector Navigator described his role in promoting and developing businesses in the San Diego County while all presenters gave their insight and advice into how best to “make it” in the business world. (60 minutes)
Global Trade, Logistics, and Advanced Transportation Showcase, March 17, 2015
Summary: Seven panelists representing the Advanced Transportation and Global Trade and Logistic industry sectors discuss their backgrounds and experiences working in international trade, the transportation and tracking industries as well as offer advice on college major selection and current hiring practices. Deputy Sector Navigator Victor Castillo moderates this helpful session. (60 minutes)
What Can I do with a Major in Political Science?, September 30, 2014
Summary: Four distinguished Southwestern College alumni and professionals presented their career journeys and described their workplace assignments. The panelists gave information about the current “ins and outs” of their profession and discussed their experiences on the job. (30 minutes)
Homeland Security and Public Safety Expo and Forum, October 16, 2014
Summary: Six panelists representing the Public Service industry sector in the fields of Police, Fire Protection, Border Patrol, Customs, Forensics, and the County Sheriff discuss their backgrounds and experiences working in Homeland Security as well as offer advice on college major selection and current hiring practices. Police Academy Director Jim Davis moderates this helpful session. (60 minutes)
Health Care Professional Expo and Forum, November, 18, 2014
Summary: Five panelists with extensive experience teaching and hiring our current health care professional workforce provide information on the careers paths for nursing, emergency medical professions, medical laboratory and medical office professions as well as the hiring and program application process. (60 minutes)
- Priority Career Counseling Appointments in the Career Center with a counselor to get help from picking your classes, to developing your Student Education Plan, or perfecting your resume.
- Invitations to all Career Center Workshops, tours, and training programs such as: Resume Writing, Job Searching, Promoting Yourself Using Social Media, and Successful Interviewing techniques.
- First Priority to attend our two day Job Readiness Training Academy to learn the best strategies for successfully upping your game and becoming job ready.
- First Access to our Job/Internship Developer for assistance with finding an internship, paid position in your field of study, and with guidance in how to get job ready.