Common Career Questions

Who needs Career Planning?

  • Anyone who is undecided, uncertain, or unsure about choosing their major or career
  • Anyone who is changing their career
  • Anyone who wants to know their options in the world of work

If I choose a certain major, do I have to stay in that field the rest of my life? 

No, a major or degree does not determine what job you have to choose. Many majors will allow you to find work in many different fields as long as you have the necessary experience.

Will I fall behind if I change majors?

It may take longer to complete your major if you change, but see a counselor to explore options. Sometimes, changing majors does not increase the amount of time to finish.

Do I have to do a specific major to do a specific occupation?

For most occupations, you do not have to have a specific major. There are exceptions, such as nursing, engineering, and architecture that require you to have those degrees. 

How do I know a major or career is right for me? 

There is no real way to find out if a major or career is right for you until trying it. You can only make the best decision for yourself with the information that you have at the time. You can find out as much as possible about the major or career by doing the following:

  • Speak to a career counselor
  • Get experience in that area (volunteer, intern, or work)
  • Informational interviews
  • Research using our databases and browsing the Internet
  • Talk to professors, family, friends, etc.

If there are any doubts or questions, come see us!

Do I need an appointment to see a career counselor?

Yes, counselors are available on an appointment basis. Please call us at (562) 860-2451, ext. 2356 to schedule an appointment and have your student number available.

How do I go about taking career assessments?

To take a career assessment you need see a career counselor for an assessment referral.

How long are the career assessments?

Career assessments range from 30 to 45 minutes each, depending on which test your counselor recommends and how fast you read.

Is there any charge for taking career assessments?

Yes, we charge a small fee for all the computerized tests only, but there are assessment that are free of charge.