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The first thing to do is imagine all the careers that might be a good fit. The key here is to create a long list – at least 15 different jobs to start with. Create that list now, and also consider taking a career test to further expand your career options.

Take a career test

A fast, simple way to create your starter list is to use a career assessment – an online quiz that matches you to jobs. Get into a good mindset before answering questions:

  • Be yourself: be honest about what you like and don’t like.
  • Be open: right now is the time to be curious and explore possibilities!
Meet Oregon CIS

Oregon CISSo where do you take these career tests? In Oregon CIS! Oregon CIS is a free tool for all PCC students. Use it to take career assessments, save favorite jobs, and complete all the steps in this track!

If you’re not a PCC student yet, contact Career Services for login instructions.

list titled Results with 15 items. 1 Music Teacher. 2 Teacher. 3 Art Director. 4 Graphic Designer. 5 Microbiologist. 6 Park Ranger. 7 Sketch Artist. 8 Writer. 9 Architect. 10 Drafter. 11 Floral Design. 12 Law Clerk. 13 Speech Pathologist. 14 Tatoo Artist. 15 Urban Planner.

Your starter list

After taking the quizzes, you’ll get a report of careers that might fit you. Now add to this list any additional occupations you want to explore.

Add to your list:

  • What do you enjoy doing?
    Think about activities that you enjoy, like building kitchen cabinets or playing the guitar. Think of related jobs and add these to your list.
  • Have a passion for a subject in school?
    If there’s a subject that you love, you can work backwards by using a “What can I do with this major?” tool. Find job titles that sound interesting, and add them to your list.

A good starter list will have jobs you’ve always been curious about, plus jobs you’ve never heard of. Don’t be afraid to add something to your list – now is time to expand your options. Plus, you’ll need something to eliminate later!

Don’t be shy – if you need help, contact someone at PCC!

PCC contacts
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Looking for help interpreting your results and moving forward Career Services
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