Career exploration can provide answers
It’s important to take the time to find the career that’s right for you – a career that will fulfill your passions and lead to rewarding experiences. If you’re still making up your mind, try some or all of the tips here to find out more about yourself and the careers that match your goals.
Examine your actions
Are your daily actions helping to fulfill your dreams? Pay attention to what drives you, highlight the positives, and learn to direct your energy and maintain focus. Awareness can lead to informed decisions about your future.
Assessments can help you define your interests, preferences, values, and strengths and provide direction in your choice of careers. Find out if you’re heading down the right path by visiting our Career Services webpage at eicc.edu/careerservices
Explore the world of work
Do your homework! Research career options thoroughly. The Occupational Outlook Handbook, ONET, America’s Career Infonet, and EICC Career Coach (see article below) among other resources, can provide detailed job descriptions, salary ranges, and employment outlook for a wide variety of fields.
Co-op/internship experiences are valuable work opportunities that allow you to put the skills you’ve learned in the classroom to the test. You may enter the experience with certain ideas and expectations and leave with completely different ones!
Remember these tips as you continue discovering your passions and use them to define a meaningful direction for your education and career.
Check Out This FREE Career Exploration Tool!
Eastern Iowa Community Colleges now offers Career Coach, an online resource for learning more about careers, their education paths your own career interests. Visit Career Coach at eicc.edu/careercoach. You can click the tabs at the top to:
- Explore a wide range of careers (including salary information)
- Get information on degrees and certificates
- Go through an actual Career Assessment to see what careers interest you
- Get help on building your resume
There are step-by-step instructions, a section to look at ‘hot jobs’ in our local area – even a quick tutorial video.
Career Coach is easy to use and available through our website 24 hours a day! It’s designed to help you find a good career by providing the most current local data on wages, employment, job postings, and associated education and training. Keep in mind that we are also always happy to meet with you one-on-one to talk about your career interests, map out a successful education strategy and get you started down the path to a career you’ll love. To make an appointment, just call:
Clinton Community College – 563-244-7000
Muscatine Community College – 563-288-6000
Scott Community College – 563-441-4000