Career counseling involves exploring and discovering what is unique about yourself and which jobs and careers can best utilize your individual talents and strengths. Career counseling also helps you address barriers which may be inhibiting you from pursuing a particular career. Barriers can include life situations, family considerations, self-esteem and self-efficacy, as well as economic issues.
Career counseling is crucial to picking the right major. Career counselors can help you assess your skills, interests, and values; identify barriers to decision-making and goals; explore career transition issues; and help integrate your career goals into your “life” planning process.
At Southwestern, career counseling is free and can be used in conjunction with a variety of interest inventories.
Career Counseling Assessments
Career counseling can often be augmented by the use of Career Interest Inventories. Comprehensive, in-depth inventories are available at a slight charge (currently $15 per inventory) for use in individual career counseling and in our Career and Life Planning class (HD 208), which is taught every term. Our inventories include: the Strong Interest Inventory, and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Other, informal interest inventories are available online through the CIS (Career Information System) website, sponsored by the University of Oregon. Access is CIS is free although a userID and password are required. Talk to one of our career counselors for access and to schedule an appoint to interpret results of any assessment taken.
To set at appointment, just come to the Counseling Department at ESPS in Stensland Hall next to the bookstore. Or, call our reception desk at (541) 888-7405 to make an appointment.