Through the Office of Counseling Services, RPCC offers individual career counseling, career-related workshops, and career testing to students currently enrolled at RPCC and to RPCC alumni. Once your first semester at RPCC has begun, you may schedule an appointment with a counselor by calling (225) 743-8500. In the meantime, the following information is available for those interested in learning about the career decision-making process and related resources.
Career Decision-Making Process
Majors and Careers
Have you ever considered how many hours of your life will be spent at work? If not, the example that follows will provide you with a general idea.
Let's imagine that you will work the following schedule:
40 hours per week for 48 weeks out of every year for 40 years
(40 hours x 48 weeks x 40 years)
In this scenario, you would spend of your life at work (and this estimate is probably a conservative one)!
This example clearly illustrates that a large amount of an individual's life will likely be spent at work. With that in mind, you can easily see that making a career choice is a significant decision. So how can you go about making a well-thought-out career decision? First, you'll want to know some key facts about the career decision-making process:
- It's easy to learn.
- It's best completed in steps.
- It takes time, effort, and commitment.
- It's ongoing.
By learning this process now, you can set yourself on the path to making a well-informed career decision.
Now it's time to start exploring your future. Click here
to navigate your way through the career decision-making process.
Are you finding it difficult to select a major or career? If your answer is yes, you are not alone. Many people find the task of choosing a major/career to be quite daunting. With so many choices, how are you to identify those options that might be best for you? Deliberate career exploration is essential. This will involve learning more about you (your skills, interests, work values, and personality preferences) and gathering lots of information about the world of work. If you haven't already, review the introductory section on career exploration. After reading this section, you will know the tasks that make up the career decision-making process and can begin them. You may also wish to discuss your career concerns with a counselor. Students may schedule an appointment with the Director of Counseling Services by calling (225) 743-8500.
Will the major you choose prepare you for work in a specific field? In some cases the answer may be yes, and in others, it is no. To learn more about the relationship between majors and careers, read Choosing and Using Your Major
, an excellent article written by University Career Services at the University of Virginia.
Below are web sites that list a variety of majors as well as some common and not-so-common career paths for these of majors.
Whether you're considering transferring to another university/college or have already decided to do so, you will need information about the institution to which you will transfer. For example, you will at some point have questions about the transfer institution's admission requirements and procedures, degree programs, courses, etc. Most of this information can be found on the transfer institution's web site. The links that follow are designed to help you easily locate these web sites.
If you've already chosen the college/university to which you plan to transfer, then scan the list below for the school of your choice and click on the corresponding link.
Perhaps you know that you want to continue your education at a four-year institution, but you're still trying to decide where you'll transfer. If so, use the web site below. It provides a Louisiana state map divided into eight geographic regions. Select the region in which you're interested for a listing of colleges and universities located in that area.|
Professional organizations are another way to identify colleges and universities that offer a specific degree program. Many of these organizations include on their web sites lists of college/universities that offer degree program(s) necessary for entry into their field. For example, if a person wanting to become a dietician visits the American Dietetic Association's web site, he/she will find a listing of universities offering related programs. Use the web sites below to find professional organizations specific to your career field.
Council for Higher Education Accreditation|
Provides a directory of specialized and professional accrediting organizations.
KSU Academic and Career Information Center|
Lists career links by major, including related professional organizations.