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Explore and Clarify Your Career Pathway

The Career Center will help clarify your major in order to better explore career pathways right for you.

Career counselors have varied knowledge in a number of different career fields, but our primary area of knowledge is the career development and planning process. We additionally use and refer to resources to develop strategies that could clarify your major or career pathways further.

Clarity requires exploration, and exploration involves research, research, research! Some of this could be done during a career counseling session, but most of your exploration will be done on your own time.

Given how complex and varied career pathways can be, we recommend looking at multiple sources for clarity and accuracy of information. We can discuss during a career counseling session what might be effective strategies to organize your exploration.

Some aspects of exploration of an occupation or career pathway to consider include:

  • Job descriptions
  • Working conditions
  • Earnings
  • Education
  • Sample career path
  • Related careers
  • Other resources including professional associations, news on the field, etc.

Resources

Some of the resources below may provide information on occupations and majors.

As you explore, you may want to consider the following worksheet from the OC Career Cafe on decision making, asking yourself questions on choosing a career path.

Download Decision Making Worksheet

What Can I do

What can I do with this Major?

Explore the various industries in and employers for which you can work with your major. You may be surprised at possibilities. Review and set goals over suggested strategies to expand your interest and gain skills in the field so you are as adequately prepared to enter the workforce upon graduating. Discover links to professional associations, the Occupational Outlook Handbook, miscellaneous resources to the field, and employment websites.

Use this worksheet to help you navigate and explore this valuable resource

What Can I Do With This Major? Worksheet

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Roadtrip Nation

Enter ECC Membership Code: ECC19

Create an account and log in to use RoadTrip Nation’s interactive roadmap exercise to discover industry leaders who share your interests. Learn from their stories for inspiration and their career journey to reflect on the possibilities ahead for your career journey.

Onet

O'Net

This online occupational database has extensive details on various tasks and responsibilities for each occupation. Find sample reported job titles to expand your job search, technology skills, knowledge, activities, and more.

occupational-handbook

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Information on occupations, working conditions, labor market, training and education, job outlook, and current earnings for different occupations in the United States

Learn to become

Learn How To Become…

Provides in-depth career guides with in-depth data and information gathered by experts in their fields for various career fields.

Study.com

Study.com

Find degrees based on subject area to discover the education, skills and career options.

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Directory of Professional Associations

Directory of Associations has over 35,000 local, regional, and national professional associations. You can filter to sort by type, category, size, and state.​

Balance of Careers

The Balance Careers 

Provides advice and information on education, training, job decisions, career changes and more.

My Plan

MyPlan

Provides video introductions to hundreds of careers, lists of jobs that pay the highest, hire the most, or have the most room for growth, and a salary calculator that figures out average salaries in cities all around the country.

Salary Surfer

Salary Surfer

Helps you make important decisions about investing time and money in your college education. It provides information about the earnings of recent California Community Colleges graduates. ​ 

How to Become

Find career guides and expert advice on majors and careers

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Career Coach

Career Coach has information on occupations within various career areas, a resume builder and a simple assessment to find matching occupations that may be of interest to you. Explore occupational information on daily tasks, education, wages, employment projections, actual job postings, and more. 

Career Cruising

Career Cruising 

Log in using the following username and password. You can create your own account to save any materials on Career Cruising

Login username: elcaminocollege
Password: career

A comprehensive and interactive career guide resource that provides information such as job description, working conditions, earnings, education, sample career path, and more. Assessments match your likes and dislikes, skills, and learning styles to find careers that align with your interests.

eureka

Eureka Career Program

Check out assessments such Inner Heroes, How Do I Learn?, What Are My Values?, MicroSkills, True Colors, and Occ-U-Sort to match your skills, personality and talents to possible careers that may be of interest to you to explore further.

Site code for ECC Students: PQINZGF

Career Zone

California Career Zone

A career resource program provides comprehensive information for 900+ occupations.  Includes self-assessment modules to help define possible interests, work importance and skills. Check out financial literacy tool “Budget your Life” to determine the kind of lifestyle you want, what area, the budget you’ll need and the kinds of occupations with salaries that can lead to sustainable living wages.

Next Move

MyNext Move

Browse through information on hundreds of occupations.

Art Career

The Art Career Project 

Explore hundreds of art careers, find art schools, jobs and inspiration. It provides detailed guides to provide essential road maps for the tools, skills and knowledge needed to build a career with longevity and meaning.  

Explore Health Careers

Explore Health Careers

Explores careers in medicine, healthcare, occupational therapy, physical therapy, allied health and more. 

Healthcare Pathway

Health Care Pathways

Explores pathways and careers within health care that range from direct patient care, healthcare facility support, imaging and diagnostics and more.  

Psychology  Career

Careers in Psychology

Discover careers paths within psychology that include psychologist, counseling, therapy and social work. 

Teacher Career

Careers in Education

Explore career options within teaching, education, and administration throughout the United States.

Ed Join

Edjoin.org

Number one job site for finding a job within education