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Finding Out More About Your Choice

                                              

Exploration/Evaluation

Once you have identified job choice options through the assessment process, exploration exercises such as research and reading will enable you to determine a choice that will be a good match for you.  On-line resources such as MassCIS, as well as the Resource Library in the Student Development Center, provide a wealth of information regarding general and specific job requirements, earnings projections, future opportunities for employment and advancement as well as critical elements of specific job titles.  Informational interviewing to gain greater insight into your career choice is another key element of the exploration process; CDC staff can work with you to get the most from this effort.

Evaluating your options once you have completed the exploration process entails reviewing possible outcomes, weighing risks against rewards, identifying potential barriers and determining the probability of success.


Experiential Learning

There are four basic avenues to gain relevant work experience while you are completing your certificate or degree here at BCC:


Within the Service Learning program you may sign up for courses that offer a service component, you will not only cover the normal course content but also have the opportunity to work in a community-based organization or nonprofit agency and apply what you learn in class.

Also through many of the academic programs found at BCC, Cooperative Education experiences or Internships are offered by the college.  These opportunities to gain actual work place experience related to your program of study are an excellent way to build skills, network for future jobs and assess your suitability for work in your chosen career. 

Student Employment opportunities are available through the Financial Aid program here at BCC.  Student employment on campus is a great way to start building transferable job skills and experience to incorporate into your resume.