Find the Best Career for You
Life is all about choices and deciding on a major and career can be a stressful decision. With so many major and career possibilities, you want to be sure that the path you choose supports your personality type, interests, and values. Career exploration doesn’t end, though, once you decide on a major. The ability to know yourself is always crucial to make sure that your occupational choices are a good fit.
Complete the JCTC FYE 105 Career Assessment Modules
If you are a JCTC student currently enrolled in FYE 105, complete your career assessment class requirement here.
Complete a Career Assessment
One way to learn about yourself is to complete a career assessment. A career assessment can help you:
- Define your personality, interests, and values.
- Demonstrate the connection between academic programs and career paths.
- Locate detailed information about various occupations.
The CREW Center offers the TypeFocus career assessment, which is a computer-based assessment that is updated annually. TypeFocus also includes a database of information about occupations, majors, schools, scholarships, and military options. You can complete the TypeFocus career assessment by visiting a CREW Center location or by scheduling an hour-long appointment with a CREW Counselor.
You can also have a profile picture taken that you can use for LinkedIn during your appointment.
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Explore Your Academic Program and Career Options
Use these tips and resources to get help identifying or clarifying your goals:
- Review the available majors at JCTC and available majors at U of L to get started.
- Find career paths that connect with your academic program at What Can I Do with A Major In.
- Use ONET to research careers and employment projections; select skills and generate lists of possible occupations to gather ideas.
- Ensure that you are on track to meet your academic and career goals by using this Career Checklist Resource Sheet.
- Locate civilian career fields that connect with prior military experience by using the ONET Crosswalk.
- Get the inside story from a professional in the career field you’re considering by conducting an informational interview. Review the guidelines and tips in the Informational Interviewing Resource Sheet before contacting an employer.
- Learn about career paths from interviews with professionals in their career fields by using The Career Project.
- Read real interviews from people as they talk about their careers at Job Shadow.
Find Out About the Current Job Market
Locating the salary and job growth for a career you are considering is important in making an informed career decision.
- Find job market data for the Greater Louisville area by using the Kentuckiana Occupational Outlook.
- Explore local, regional, and national job market and compensation information on ONET.
- Use the NACE Salary Calculator to calculate the salary for your desired career.
- Use the Career Calculator to find jobs and education data for the greater Louisville area.
Computer Skills Online Training
When you are deciding on a career path, it is also important to strengthen your skills. Computer skills are critical in most occupations. If you need assistance with learning about Microsoft Word and PowerPoint 2016 or strengthening your knowledge in these areas, then view these interactive online training videos below. Contact JCTC's Learning Commons to learn when the in-person sessions of these trainings, and Windows 10, will be available for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Learn how to use Microsoft Word 2016, which includes:
- How to format and structure a paper
- How to insert images and media
- Editing headers and footers
- Spelling and grammar checking
- Reviewing and tracking revisions
Learn how to use Microsoft PowerPoint 2016, which includes:
- How to add and edit slides
- Choosing a theme
- Using slide transitions
- Using animation
- Best practices for creating presentations