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Career Counseling

Career Development

The process of career development can be both exciting and intimidating at the same time.  Like many worthwhile endeavors the trick is to take it one step at a time. Career development involves four-steps:


Step One: Self Assessment

This step involves looking at your unique:

  • Personality
  • Career-Related Interests
  • Values
  • Skills and Abilities

Counseling Services offers a number of ways to help you find out what your personality, interests, skills and values are. Make an appointment with one of our counselors and we will help you identify ways to complete this first step.

Step Two: Career Research

Now that you know all about your personality, interests, skills and values it is time to explore which careers may be a good fit for you.
Below you will find online and on campus resources that can tell you just about anything you want to know about a career including how much it pays, what the market is like, and what skills you will need to do that job well.

Online Career Information Resources
On Campus Career Information Resources

Featured Books (Counselor Favorites):

  • The Encyclopedia of Careers and Vocational Guidance offers in depth information about a variety of careers. It also includes web addresses for related professional associations.
  • Pathways to Success for Minorities and Career Success for People with Disabilities are great guides for special populations, and provide information about colleges, financial aid and work.
  • Do What You Love The Money Will Follow: Discovering Your Right Livelihood by Marsha Sinetar
  • Ferguson’s Careers in Focus series provides information about a variety of career fields by looking at definition of the position, followed by history, nature of the work, educational or other requirements, methods of exploring and entering the field, advancement opportunities, employment outlook, salaries, and working conditions.


Step Three: Educational Research

Once you've determined what you career you want to pursue, it’s time to research your school options. Some important things to consider are:


  • What schools have your program/major?
  • What classes can your take at Anoka-Ramsey that will transfer into your school of choice?
  • What are the admission requirements for your program/major? 
  • Are the schools you are considering a good fit for you? Start by looking at the school’s website – but make sure to do a campus visit!!
  • Meet with an academic advisor to map out your educational plan

Online College Information Resources

Learn about Anoka-Ramsey’s Degree Audit Report System (DARS)

Discover your educational options at Anoka-Ramsey and beyond and research how specific courses transfer to different institutions

iSeek Explore schools in Minnesota and the United States


Step Four: Job Hunting Strategies 

Job hunting itself can feel like a full-time job! Building job hunting skills is an important step in the career planning process. Though you may not plan to finish your schooling for several years, it is important to build basic job search skills such as networking, interviewing, employer contact skills and basic search techniques. Anoka-Ramsey offers job search strategies workshops as well as a career development course that offers in-depth information about job hunting skills. Contact Advising if you are interesting in learning more about job hunting skills.