Learn more about yourself
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
So 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.
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!
|If you are…||Then contact…|
|Looking for help interpreting your results and moving forward||Career Services|
|Frustrated, can’t narrow down options, difficulty deciding||Counseling|
|On unemployment benefits||Workforce Development|
|Wanting a faster path to a career and a degree||Career Pathways|