The great Chinese philosopher Confucius once said, “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Twenty-five hundred years later, his advice still applies, but the journey to find that fulfilling career can seem overwhelming.
At AACC, we think we can help. Our Career Services office provides you with a number of resources, both guided and self-directed, that can put you on the path toward a field that works best for you.
Here are four steps we can walk you through in the journey to help you increase your chances of identifying and pursuing a successful, rewarding career.
For us to help you better, we recommend that you do an online self-assessment before meeting with us. While there’s no single (or magical) test to tell you what you should choose as a major or career, there are a number of recognized assessments that can give insight into yourself, your interests and possibly those vocations that might be more challenging for you. In the process, you’ll go through some honest reflection and meaningful research.
Start by using these online tools:
Once you’ve completed one or both of these online assessments, we’ll meet with you to view and help interpret the results. To schedule an appointment at the Arnold location call 410-777-7111; Arundel Mills call 410-777-2284; or Glen Burnie Town Center call 410-777-2945. General questions, call 410-777-2284.
In addition to the online tools, we can provide you with additional assessments in person, including:
Once we have a better sense of your skills and interests, we can work together to identify related careers and majors. By discovering the types of jobs that might interest you and match your talents, we can point out the different majors that could help you move in that direction.
At our Career Resource Library, we provide a variety of materials that can be useful in the career planning and job search process from employer directories to career guidebooks to other occupational information.
These websites can help with your career exploration as well:
Based on this research, we can pair you with an academic advisor who can help you build the appropriate curriculum for your preferred field(s) of interest.
Once you begin coursework, try getting involved in professional associations and/or student organizations. Be sure to explore and participate in the internships, service-learning and/or volunteer experiences available at AACC. Through these connections, take time to talk to people in the field and learn from their experiences. Faculty and college administrators also can offer great insights as well. Most people are happy to share their job knowledge if you just ask.
We look forward to seeing you soon and helping you on your career path!