Career/Major Exploration

Many students struggle with deciding on a major or career path. We recommend the following services to help you find your perfect path!

  1. Review the websites and resources included on this page
  2. If you would like guidance on choosing a major or career, make a personal appointment with one of our counselors
  3. If you need help finding and applying to jobs, check out our Career Services page
  4. For extended support, enroll in one of our counseling classes! College of Marin counselors teaches career exploration courses every semester - COUN 130: Career Life Skills Planning and COUN 133: Career Exploration. These courses are a great opportunity for students to gain a better understanding of who they are, what they would like to do, and explore the multitude of options available.

See below for informational handouts and helpful websites to get you started:


CAREER EXPLORATION

My Next Move
An interactive tool for job seekers and students to learn more about their career options.

O*NET OnLine
Find jobs that match your interests and strengths and find out what it takes to get that job.

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Occupational information compiled by US Department of Labor.

California Occupational Guides
Occupational information compiled by Employment Development Department.

Learn How to Become
An interactive tool for career information and research

CareerOneStop
Sponsored by the US Department of Labor, this site has tools to help job seekers, students, businesses, and professionals.

whodouwant2b.com
Career exploration tool for high school and community college students developed by CA Community Colleges, Department of Education and State of California.

Employability Checkup
Do you have realistic expectations of your dream job? Find out!

Explore Health Careers
Interested in working in health care? Begin researching your many different options with this site.

Find a Community College Academic or Vocational Program throughout the state

 

ASSESSMENTS

16personalities.com
Great free personality assessment. Be sure to take the assessment when you are in a neutral mood, go with your initial gut instinct when answering, and stay away from neutral answers whenever possible.. If you would like a full Myers Briggs assessment, enroll in Counseling 130 Career and Life Skills Planning or Counseling 133 Career Exploration. Your $40 material fee for those classes is for the Myers Briggs assessment.

TalenToday
Allows students to easily assess their core soft skills and motivations, and immediately discover what job profiles fit their personality best- for free!

CA Career Zone 
Explore industries by education needed and average salary, and take several quizzes to determine which is the best fit for you.

 

MAJOR EXPLORATION

Major Considerations – Download printable PDF

Choosing a Major: Common Misconceptions– Download printable PDF