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Career Counseling

Do you know where you want to go now and in the future?

Making successful career decisions can often be difficult, confusing and a bit overwhelming. MCC-Longview Counseling Center offers Individual Career Counseling, Career Exploration Workshops, and a Career Class to help you take an active and positive role in the career exploration process.

If you are undecided about your career path or want reassurance that you are on the right track, contact the MCC-Longview Counseling department at 816.604.1000 or stop by Campus Center, room 210. All our services are free and available to students and community members.

Individual Career Counseling

Career Counseling is a process that enables you to learn more about who you are and who you are becoming. Simply stated, you can get help identifying:

  • your skills, values, and interests
  • what you want to major in
  • barriers to your decision-making and goal setting
  • where to go for career information.

Career counseling is confidential and often includes discussion of your personal experiences, your thoughts related to career and results from a variety of available career assessments. Online career resources such as Vocational Biographies are also used.

To schedule an appointment call the Counseling Center at 816.604.1000.

Career Exploration Workshops

Workshops provide an opportunity for self-assessment and to access career information. Participants learn about the career exploration process and discuss preparing for college or career change.

Workshops are available to students and community members free of charge. Workshops are conducted by MCC-Longview Counselors.

To find out about upcoming workshops call the Counseling Center at 816.604.1000. Registration required.

Career Class

GUID 109: Career Exploration Seminar (1 credit-hour). This is a college-level credit course that involves a discussion of factors affecting career choice. Topics covered include:

  • Identification of individual values, interests and aptitudes related to occupations
  • Orientation to career information
  • Development of career choice alternatives

GUID 109 is offered every semester. Check the MCC class schedule for our next course offering. This class is great for new students as well as returning students needing to confirm or research their current career and major choice.

Online Career Resources

Download this quick guide to a number of online career and self assessment websites.

Career Assessment Instruments

Individual appointment or workshop registration is required to access these inventories. Call 816.604.1000 for more information.

Strong Interest Inventory (SII)

The results from this instrument are based on Holland's career types. Students receive a computer generated printout utilizing their responses to a 317 item survey, and learn how their patterns of interests compare with others currently employed and satisfied in selected occupations.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

This is a self report personality assessment based on Carl Jung's theory of psychological types. The MBTI yields scores on four dichotomous dimensions. Combinations of those scores are translated into 16 personality types. The goal of the MBTI is to help individuals discover, understand, and appreciate their natural styles, as people tend to be most satisfied in careers that allow them to express their type preferences.

Choices

Choices software supports you in education and career planning by helping you build a meaningful plan. Choices Assessments assist in identifying how your interests, values and skills relate to your best career options. Planning Tools include Resume Builder, Letter Writing and Job Search Activities. You will find Databases that connect you to colleges, occupations, career videos and scholarship opportunities. Choices also has Missouri specific labor market information.

Vocational Biographies

Vocational Biographies is an online database that gives you access to 1,170 career biographies. Each career biography is a lively four-page story based on the career life of a real person. They track workers from their school experiences through their current jobs and lifestyles and offer advice on finding that first job, and climbing the career ladder.

Missouri Connections

The best way to predict the future is to plan it and Missouri Connections, My Career, will get you started.  You will look carefully at yourself, explore what interests you, and decide how to achieve your dreams.   Missouri Connections Assessment Tools will help match your interests, values and abilities to related occupations.  The Occupations and Employment links will help you explore careers and job search / employment strategies.   Lastly, the Education and Training link, will connect your occupational interests to training programs. 

True Colors

The True Colors Career Pointer Inventory is designed to help you discover your own personality spectrum and how it relates to career choices.  Being aware of your personality preference brings focus to your career planning process via your natural talents.  The inventory contains 21 questions.  After taking the assessment the booklet contains information on personality temperaments, transferable skills, and related occupations.  Additionally, it has a worksheet that helps you tie all the pieces together to help you plan the path to your career goal.

Services for Faculty

Faculty may request classroom workshops on the following topics:

  • Career Exploration
  • Career Planning and Assessment
  • Personality Type
  • Values Clarification
  • Researching Careers

 

Last Modified: 7/22/14