Choosing a Major & Career Exploration
Approximately 80% of students will change majors at least once before a degree is granted. Whether students entering HCC have a declared major or they enter as an undecided major, Career Services encourages all students to create a plan for academic and career success.
The process of choosing a major or career begins with self-assessment. Consider taking one of the assessments below to learn more about your interests, personality, skills and abilities. Be sure to contact Career Servcies to discuss the results and additional ways to get exposure to career areas of interest that will help you make a decision.
Focus Career Assessment - - Online assessment tool used to determine a student's interest, values, skills, and personality. It also offers information on various careers based on a students assessment. Explore your options and save your favorites! To access Focus career assessment, e-mail Angie Watson for the access code.
Am I Job Ready? - Soft Skills Assessment - Identify areas you may need to develop prior to your next interview! Free practice online! (May work best in Chrome or Firefox)
Free Personality Test - Discover careers and occupations most suitable for your personality type and understand communication and learning styles of your type. See http://www.truity.com/view/types for additional information.
Get My Future - Quick interest assessment.
MyNextMove This tool provides is a short assessment as well as a portal to research careers and industries.
My Next Move for Veterans - helps you find a civilian career similar to your military job.
MySkillsMyFuture based on previous work experience, it will help match other careers using same types of skills.
Check out the Career Decision Pyramid which lists life and job-related aspects to consider to develop your career plan from start (bottom of pyramid) to finish (the pyramid pinnacle).
Occupational Outlook Handbook - Essential information about hundreds of occupations. U.S. Dept. of Labor
ONET - Find concise occupational information on over 950 jobs. Research careers and employment projections; identify your skills and generate lists of possible occupations. U.S. Dept. of Labor.
CareerOneStop - provides national, state and local career, labor market, and workforce information using online tools, videos, and maps to a range of local services. U.S. Dept. of Labor.
Kentucky Career Information
KY Career Center - Research a specific program of study, career or employer.
In Demand Careers - videos focusing on KY's high-demand career sectors – manufacturing, construction, business & IT, logistics & transportation and healthcare.
Informational Interviewing/Job Shadowing - Gain information from professionals in your field of interest!
What Can I do with this Major? Think outside the box with your major!
Learn How to Become - Find out more about different careers
Career Cornerstone - Detailed resource for Healthcare, Science, Math, Computing, Engineering and Technology.
College Majors - College major and career exploration tool.
Princeton Review of Careers provides a summary of various types of careers.
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 2019” 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 3. Check the job outlook in the area you plan to live -Kentucky Future Skills Report 2017-2021 & CareerOneStop. Through KY Career Center, research a specific program of study, career or employer.
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.
Goal of Experiential Activities:
Experiential Activities may include: