Career Decision & Action Steps
Gain information about yourself, careers of interest and be one step closer to making an informed decision.
Step 1. Complete the Focus 2 Career Assessment to identify your career interests. Select “Register” (below the login info) to create a new account. The Access code is The Hill. Complete the information and select "Fall 2018” as your status.
Step 2. Note the top 2 or 3 careers that most interest you and why. Begin researching careers in Focus 2 Assessment and these HCC Career Services resources. Discuss your Focus 2 results with HCC Career Services staff, advisor, friends and family.
Step 4. Review your career ideas with your academic advisor. Discuss the academic majors and the educational requirements (certificate, diploma, degree) related to your career interests. If a four-year degree or more is required, discuss options with the HCC Transfer Center Coordinator, Lorie Maltby.
Step 5. Research job posting descriptions. Even if you’re not currently looking for a job, you’ll better understand the local job market and you’ll learn the specific responsibilities of the career and be better prepared to develop a targeted resume. Set up email alerts on www.indeed.com.
Step 6. It’s vitally important that you get as much exposure to your profession of interest as possible. Your goal should be to learn what the career is truly like on a daily basis.
- Observe by Job Shadowing / Informational Interviewing (spread out over 2-3 visits if possible). Sample questions to ask.
- Volunteer with local agencies and local non-profit organizations.
- Work part-time - Check out off-campus local job postings.
- On-campus work study student employment – Must be receiving a Pell grant. Check with the financial aid office for eligibility. Application
- Inquire about an internship – extremely valuable experience whether paid/unpaid, academic credit or not. Check with HCC Career Services!
Step 8. Build your professional network. Join a club on-campus, a professional organization (as a student member) or a community organization that supports your career interests.
- Check out the HCC organizations on campus
- Gain local employer information from Kyndle
- Community organizations such as United Way of Henderson County
- Volunteer Information Center.
- Junior Achievement (for those interested in education, training, teaching). Local office 270-684-7291 http://westky.ja.org
- Rotary Club of Henderson, KY offers Rotaract that is a service club for young professionals 18-35 years old and excellent way to get involved with the community and reap valuable relationships. See Career Services for more information.
- Henderson Lunch Lions Club Excellent community service organization. See Career Services for more information.
- Political involvement – Young Democrats and Young Republicans of Henderson, KY
- Set up a free LinkedIn account to research and connect with professionals
Step 9. Each day ask yourself…. What am I doing today that will get me where I want to be tomorrow.