LifeMap

Career Development Services Summary

An important component of LifeMap is Career Development, which focuses on helping students explore and identify career goals. Explore the world of work by visiting Career Development Services.

The Career Development Services are located on:

East Campus, Bldg. 5-230, extension 2259 
West Campus, Bldg. SSB-206, extension 1464
Winter Park Campus, Bldg. 1-104, extension 6851
Osceola Campus, Bldg. 1-151, extension 4897

Career Center services and programs are designed to help students:

  • learn more about their personality, interests, skills and values
  • discover career options best suited to them
  • decide on a major related to career choice
  • research 4-year college/university, graduate, and professional school transfer requirements
  • review resumes and cover letters
  • learn about job interviewing techniques
  • research career fields and job outlook

Career development is a lifelong process. Once you learn the steps of the process, you will be able to repeat it whenever you need to throughout your life.

Learn About Yourself
Identify career interests through assessments that relate your personality, interests, skills, values and aptitudes to various career fields. 
Such assessments include:

  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
  • CHOICES Career Exploration
  • Career Assessment Inventory
  • Harrington-O'Shea Career Decision-Making System
  • Holland Self-Directed Search
  • Work Values Inventory
  • Career Values Card Sort
  • Motivated Skills Sort
  • Occupational View-Deck

Learn About Career Fields
Explore the world of work through a wealth of online and hard-copy resources:

  •  Occupational Outlook Handbook
  •  Encyclopedia of Careers
  •  Vocational Biographies
  •  Career Books, Videos, and CD-ROMs
  •  Career Web sites

Develop a Plan for Action 
Based on your assessments and new knowledge of career options, you can begin to develop an educational plan. Understanding your decision-making process will assist you. You can then select an area of study that will lead to your initial career decision.

Researching your major includes:

  • Understanding career options related to your major and/or meta major.
  • Identifying colleges that offer your major and the courses required for transfer into that major.
  • Talking with faculty with experience in your career or major.
  • Conducting a career interview with people who are working in your career field. Find out their career preparation and path.
  • Exploring options for Internships, part-time or volunteer work to gain experience in your career and major. Check out Valencia's site: (click on "Current Student," and then "Workplace Learning and Placement").
  • Learning about professional associations that can enhance your career preparation.
  • Develop an educational plan using My Educational Planner in Atlas - LifeMap tab. You can also visit the Atlas Acces lab.

Commitment and Implementation
As you become more confident in your career and educational plan, you can continue to evaluate your options and make adjustments as needed. 

As you move toward completing your degree at Valencia, you will want to explore:

  • Transition to a 4-year college/university or acceptance into one of Valencia's bachelor degree programs.
  • Transition to Employment. Career Advisors and Career Counselors can help you with your job search such as:
    • Preparing a resume
    • Developing a cover letter
    • Practice interviewing techniques
    • Videotape a practice interview
    • Referrals to Central Florida employers

  • Transition to Graduate School. The Career Development Services have information about graduate, law, medical, dental, pharmacy, physical therapy, and other professional schools. 

 

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