Career Planning Steps

Career planning is an continuous process that can help you manage and develop your goals.  When conducted mindfully, Career planning may lead to a successful and fulfilling professional life.  As a San Diego City College student, you have the opportunity to work with our dedicated career counselors and staff which can provide assistance throughout you career planning steps.

This 4-step Career Planning process can be a self revealing and fun process. Depending on your goals and vision of the future, this process can be challenging but quite rewarding.

Step 1  Self Exploration

Thinking about your interests, values, skills and preferences is important.  Discover yourself by completing our validated and reliable Career Self Assessment.

Step 2  Career Exploration &Interpretation
Explore your occupations of interest, research the specific skills and qualifications required for those occupations.  Learn what it’s really about; salary, a day in the day of (field research), etc..
Step 3  Field ResearchLearn about the field. Narrow down your choices, by comparing your options.
Step 4  Job ReadinessIt is time to take action and gain experience. Think about  Internships, volunteer work, or employment.Plan for a job, attend a resume workshop,  interview skills workshop, or practice interviewing, job hunt, etc.


Academic Pathways for Career Planning


Transfer ServicesExplore your transfer planning steps.  Meet with a counselor, ask about the transfer articulation agreement and, inform yourself about deadlines.
What Can I do with this Major?Explore the possibilities.  What kind of job are you looking for, and how does it relate to your College Major.  What jobs are available within your major, and more!!!