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Career Planning

Find a career that matches your interests, values, strengths and lifestyle

What is your major? What do you want to do with your life? These are questions you might get from family and friends, or fellow students. With so many career options, there are a variety of educational pathways. Yavapai College Academic and Career Advisors are available to help you make these decisions by helping you identify:

  • What are your interests, values, strengths and lifestyle goals.
  • What are current and future job market trends
  • Know what the educational requirements are for the many positions available.

It may be helpful to complete some of the assessments found in Step 1 below, prior to meeting with an advisor.



  • VIRTUAL JOB SHADOW: Learn in-depth about different careers by doing a Virtual Job Shadow.
    Once on the website, click on the blue log in button. Enter "yavapai" as the username and select the Yavapai College Allied Health option. Click on New Account and use your YC scholar email account and password. Complete the assessments, and review job shadows.

  • COLLEGE MAJORS: Find majors that relate to your interests and preferences.
    www.mymajors.com    Register and complete the assessment

  • INTERESTS: Determine your Holland Code. Find careers related to your interests/code. Find out which YC degrees and certificates relate to your code.
    www.careeronestop.org    Click "Explore Careers" then "Interest Assessment"

  • VALUES: Things that are important to you in a job setting.
    www.careeronestop.org    Click "Explore Careers" then "Work Values"

  • STRENGTHS: Personality traits that relate to career choice.
    www.viacharacter.org    Complete the "Character Strengths Survey"

  • SKILLS: What you like to do and what you do well.
    www.onetonline.org    Click on "Advanced Search" and then "Skills Search"

  • LIFESTYLE GOALS: In order to live the kind of life you desire, what salary do you need?
    https://azcis.intocareers.org/default.aspx    Using the guest option, go to "Learn about Myself," and then select the "Reality Check" assessment

  • JOB MARKET: Job growth, salaries, educational requirements
    www.bls.gov    Find information in the "Subjects" section
    www.bls.gov/ooh    Find national data about specific careers

Career Exploration

Explore the descriptions of various occupations, as well as labor markets and salary information:

Additional Salary information sites:

If you are not sure about a career path right now, but have an interest in a certain subject, such as psychology, automotive, or biology:

Participating in the following may also help to give further insight into an interesting occupational field:

Make a Decision

Consider what you know about yourself and what you learned about various occupations to make a decision on the career path you want to follow. What strategy do you use to make your decisions? The best decisions often involve several of the following:

  • Experience – consider what’s worked in the past for you and others
  • Opinion – consider what others say you should do
  • Logic – objectively weigh pros and cons of your alternatives
  • Serendipity – use your gift of finding good things
  • Feeling – subjectively consider how you feel about your alternatives
  • Intuition – rely on your ‘sixth-sense’ about your options
  • Desperation – take the first/quickest route

If you need some additional information to made a decision, consider talking with people working in the field in which you are interested:

Plan your Course of Study

Now that you have identified a career path, find out what you need to do to achieve your goal. Create short-term and long-term goals for reaching those goals. Monitor your progress and make any adjustments as needed.

Employer-valued Skills

Employers want employees who have career-specific skills, such as teaching or accounting, but they also want people to have good oral and written communication skills, computer literacy, problem-solving and critical thinking skills, the ability to work as a member of a team, and creativity, among other things. Your degree requirements include courses that will help you develop those skills. Volunteer work and involvement in clubs can further develop those skills. Think of ways to enhance your chances of getting a job, and select your courses and out-of classroom activities accordingly.

Getting the Job

Finding the right job takes planning, preparation, patience, and time. Organization, a positive attitude, and flexibility are all qualities that will you're your search all the much easier. You are selling a very valuable product - YOU!

Focus your attention on the matching qualifications and skills you bring to a job.

Prepare for your interview with this comprehensive guide.

  • Customize your resume for each job application, especially your Objective.
  • Emphasize the keywords in the job description that match your skills and experience.
  • Preparation is important – research the companies’ mission statement and culture.
  • Dress to impress – clean, pressed clothes and excellent hygiene, but no perfume or cologne.
  • Clean up your web presence, as employers will Google you.
  • Convey positive energy and enthusiasm for the job and the company.
  • Shake hands at the beginning and end of an interview, and make eye contact, and make sure your phone is powered off.
  • Follow up with a thank you email or card, indicating your continued interest in the position.

Sites for local, state, and national jobs

Interviewing Tips:

Lifelong Learning

In the job market of the 21st century, it will be common for people to have a variety of careers. Employees will need to keep their skills current to enhance opportunities for advancement and to pursue other positions. Attending professional development workshops, taking courses, and networking with others in your field will provide you with such opportunities.