Welcome to Bakersfield College’s Virtual Career Center!
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Not sure what you want to do? Take the time to check out these assessment tools.
Did You Know? The most dependable and up to date information on jobs and careers is not found in books or on the Internet, it's found by going out and talking to people, says Richard Bolles, international career expert and author.
Use these links to search for general or specific career information:
Another way of exploring career options is to start with choosing a college major. These websites can help you connect majors to potential career options.
Click on the myths below to learn the facts about college majors.
National statistics vary, but up to 50% of entering college students are undecided about their major.
50-70% of students change their majors at least once. On the average, students change their majors 3 or more times before they graduate.
Job markets can change quickly and dramatically. Careers in demand today may not be viable in 4-5 years.
40-60% of the jobs of the future have yet to be created.
More than half of college gradates pursue careers not related to their major.
You are the only expert who can determine what is best for you.
Take responsibility - talk with a counselor
Experience the workplace
Reflect on what you learn
Majors don’t necessarily lead to careers. Most people can expect 4-5 careers over a lifetime, and will work for an average of 10 different employers.
The skills developed as a liberal arts major are desired skills for employers. Employers want new hires with good communications, interpersonal and analytical skills.
Employers want to hire people with a good GPA, interpersonal skills and a variety of experience. If you want a great job, focus on the following:
If you have skills and knowledge, you can have a good career - regardless of if you have a bachelor’s degree or not. Many great jobs do not require a bachelor’s degree.
It is best to move in the direction of your dreams today.
Study, discuss and analyze your skills, values and interests.
Match majors/careers to things you enjoy studying.
Gather experiences and try out options.
These links are a place to start looking for transfer colleges and training programs:
Still having trouble making your career choice at this point in time?
We suggest you try the following: