Published or Revised September 14, 2012
Currently enrolled students and alumni are encouraged to utilize career planning services. The objective of career services is to promote career development by providing students with the knowledge and skills needed to develop realistic career goals and make appropriate decisions to carry out their plans.
Students should participate in self assessment, explore various programs of study offered at PJC, and investigate the world of work. Most new students will begin this process through their mandatory participation in the Learning Frameworks course. Students are encouraged to seek continued individual assistance from a career counselor.
Deciding on a career path is one of the most important decisions students will ever make, but it is not always an easy task. The selection of an appropriate college major usually results from gathering and exploring results of self assessment instruments.
A good career choice should be based on the results of self assessment and an exploration of the realities of the job market. Self-assessment instruments can help students identify their interests, abilities, skills, personality style, needs, values, and the external influences in their lives. Students should base their career choice on a thorough knowledge of each of these areas and how they all contribute to the decision.
A valuable career recourse available to students is the System of Integrated Guidance and Information (SIGI3). SIGI3 helps students and other job seekers create a career plan that is right for them. It integrates self-assessment with in-depth and up-to-date career information that is easy to use and provides students and adults with a realistic view of the best educational and career options for their future success. SIGI3 helps each user examine key motivators and matches work-related values, interests, personality, and skills to educational and career pathways. Individuals explore a range of options based on their personal choices. In addition to this very valuable career system, a counselor may recommend that a student complete various other inventories to explore interests, values, abilities, and personality.
A student’s quality of life and ability to learn are often affected by personal difficulties they are experiencing. Counseling can help a student to cope with these difficulties. Personal counseling is provided by a licensed professional counselor (LPC) to assist students with personal and emotional concerns which affect attainment of personal goals, academic progress, and relationships with others.
Confidentiality concerning Counseling Center services is guaranteed within the confines of State and Federal law. When appropriate, students may be referred to other professional services when more specialized assistance is needed. The LPC counselor is trained to assist students in identifying and developing the necessary skills to solve their personal problems.
These services are offered free of charge on a limited basis. Students may contact the counselor at 903-782-0426. All students are eligible to receive free referral information.
The counselor can offer you assistance with: