College of the Siskiyous

Career Assessment, Exploration, and Planning

Deciding what career you want to prepare for is a very important decision. Many students change their minds (and majors) several times when they are in college. While it is important to change your major once you determine it is not the one for you, learning as much as possible about that major and the career it will lead to as early as possible can help save you time and money, and will prevent you from taking unnecessary classes.

Taking career assessments or surveys will help you pinpoint your interests and skills, and will help you choose a career field that will make you feel fulfilled, share your talents and skills, and provide a viable income for your future.

For formal assistance in this process, enroll in GUID 1002-Career and Life Planning. This 2-unit course is typically offered in summer and spring terms, and is AA/AS degree applicable and CSU transferrable. You will have the opportunity to take a more in-depth approach to personality assessments, interest inventories, and to identifying your skill set. You will also research career options.

There are also a variety of assessments online. This is a more informal approach to career exploration, but can be very helpful. A few select sites are listed below.

Selected Assessment Websites:

California Career Resource Network

California Career Resource Network - Part of the CA Department of Education, this site provides career development information and resources to develop career self-management skills. There are links to additional sites within this site.

California Career Cafe

California Career Cafe - This website has links to vaious assessment tools as well as information on careers.

O*Net Online

O*NET OnLine - This database of career information contains hundreds of specific descriptions on 1,000 occupations.


CareerOneStop - Sponsored by the US Department of Education, this site provides self-assessments, the option to learn about careers, and tools to plan your career.