Career development is a process of exploration, decision making and advancement toward a career goal. It includes self-discovery, researching career information, and deciding on a course of action toward your career choice. As a final step, it requires a personal investment or commitment to do what it takes to achieve your goal.
Students and alumni of CCRI who:
Ideally, during the first semester. It's important for students to become familiar with the process of career development early in their education at CCRI. This way few mistakes are made, less time is wasted and a student gains confidence by being focused toward a goal.
After an initial interview to obtain information relevant to your education and career, a counselor will help you determine your career needs and discuss the best approach to your decision-making. Each appointment will follow with suggested activities before your next session. Activities may include taking career inventories, researching occupations, talking to a professional in your area of interests, accessing a career related website, making an appointment with an academic counselor, talking to someone in Financial Aid, etc. Generally, you can expect to meet with a career counselor on approximately 2-3 occasions.
Make an appointment with Career Development to get help with developing a plan of action in which you'll establish strategies and steps toward your goal. A plan increases the likelihood that you'll achieve your career objective.
The Career Development office provides students with guidance and self-assessment testing for developing a career direction and/or deciding on a major. The office is also a center for career resources and is especially useful for students looking for occupational information. On the other hand, the Jobs and Internships office focuses on generating employment opportunities for students and providing work experience linked to one's major and to academic credit.