Exploration and Discovery Pathway
Exploration and Discovery
Not sure which LCP is right for you? Looking to explore your options?
Exploration and Discovery is where you belong until you discover a major. This pathway supports students while they actively explore major and career options.
If you are undecided on a major and/or career goal it is important to actively explore your options. While there is no sure way to determine if a major or career is perfect for you before you try it, you can arm yourself with information to make the best decision for yourself with the information you have at that time. Here are some ways you can do that:
- Explore majors in our other Learning and Career Pathways
- Connect with a Career Counselor to discuss options
- Take a COUN 10 or COUN 200 class
- Attend Career Services workshops
- Talk to professors, family, friends, or even complete strangers and conduct an Informational Interview
- Utilize reputable career and major exploration resources
- Take inventory of your values, interests, personality preferences, and skills. Complete an Interest Inventory and discuss results with a counselor
- Pursue opportunities to gain related experience such as volunteer work, internships, or entry-level jobs
If you have questions or doubts about your choice of major and/or career, come see us in Career Services!
Here are a few other things to keep in mind:
- Your choice of major will not dictate the rest of your life.
- There is a lot of flexibility between majors and careers. Many, if not most, occupations do not require a specific major.
- Most majors are not career-specific and will help you develop skills and knowledge that will be transferable to a wide range of career options.
Good career decision-making requires knowing yourself—especially your VIPS:
- Values—What's important to me? What would make my work meaningful?
- Interests—What do I like or enjoy? What topics or subjects catch my attention?
- Personality—Who am I? What are my characteristic patterns of behavior, thoughts, and feelings that make me who I am?
- Skills—What am I good at? What do I do well?
Consider what kinds of skills you enjoy using or would like to develop. Reflect on your experiences to help you identify activities, tasks, subjects, and types of environments you like and dislike.
These resources can help you link your transferable skills to occupations that require them.
Need help identifying your broad interests? Check out these interest inventories.
- David Newnham, Liberal Arts Division
- Shawna Baskette, Academic Success/Library Division
- Traci Ukita
- Randy Lee
- Clara Ross-Jones
- Niki Lovejoy
Reentry Resource Specialist/Success Coach
- Shannon Estrada
- Deb Moore
Academic Support Rep
- Shawna Baskette
Social Work Intern
- Dani Alderete
Interested in learning more about the Exploration & Discovery LCP?
Get involved in Student Clubs & Organizations. Cerritos College offers student government opportunities and 60+ student clubs and organizations.
Check out our Upcoming Events to learn more about our programs and network with people who have similar interests to you.
Coming up: Career Cafe: Looking for a Killer Career? Tues., Oct. 24 @ 1pm in MP 209