Common Career Questions
What is career counseling and how will it help me?
Do you get me a job?
No, Career Services does not directly get you a job. However, we do provide the tools and resources that teach you how to get jobs for the rest of your life.
If I choose a certain major, do I have to stay in that field the rest of my life?
No, a major or degree does not determine what job you have to choose. Many majors will allow you to find work in many different fields as long as you have the necessary experience.
Will I fall behind if I change majors?
It may take longer to complete your major if you change, but see a counselor to explore options. Sometimes, changing majors does not increase the amount of time to finish.
Do I need a specific major to do a specific occupation?
For most occupations, you do not have to have a specific major. There are exceptions, such as nursing, that require you to have that degree.
How do I know a major or career is right for me?
There is no real way to find out if a major or career is right for you until trying it. You can only make the best decision for yourself with the information that you have at the time. You can find out as much as possible about the major or career by doing the following:
- Speak to a career counselor
- Take Counseling 10
- Get experience in that area (volunteer, intern, or work)
- Informational interviews
- Research using our databases and browsing the Internet
- Talk to professors, family, friends, etc.
If there are any doubts or questions, come see us!
How do I go about taking career assessments?
You have to see a career counselor first and be referred to take it or take Counseling 10 or Counseling 200.
Do I need an appointment to see a career counselor?
Yes, career counselors are available on an appointment basis. Please call us at (562) 860-2451 ext. 2356 to schedule an appointment and have your student number available.
How long are the career assessments?
Strong Interest Inventory: ~30-45 minutes; MBTI: ~20-30 minutes