Explore, Discover, Connect
Explore majors to careers, common career paths, and career path strategies.
Research career information on industries, job analysis, skills and salaries.
Get free advice from professionals in a career field of interest.
What Can I Do With This Major? helps students who are exploring majors or searching for information about a specific field.
Learn about typical career areas and types of employers that hire people with each major, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate.
FOCUS 2 guides students through the career & education decision making process to help them choose majors offered at CTX and explore related occupations.
Register with a CTX email address and create a password at FOCUS 2 CAREER. Student access code woosh!
The O*NET resource provides job analysis, salary details, and skills necessary for a variety of industries. The O*NET Interest Profiler helps you organize interests and how they relate to the world of work, then provides a list of occupational categories that may be of interest based on your results.
What is a Vocation?
A vocation may be a certain career, but it also might be a project or a leadership role on campus or in the community. It can mean being a mom or dad, a daughter or son, an accountant, a teacher, an entrepreneur, a historian, or a software developer. Whether a Christian or of a different faith, the term "vocation" means that you are called to different spheres of influence throughout life.
3 Stages of Career Development
Regardless of your level of professional experience, these career planning principles apply:
Assume change – You are learning and growing with every experience. The world around us, including the world of work, is changing constantly too. Knowing yourself well ensures that you will be able to self-select in and out of opportunities as they are presented to you.
Find integration – You already have valuable experience, skills and talents that you can apply now to your work as a student, in a job, or in some other capacity. Exploring your personal and professional narrative now will ensure that you can identify transferrable skills and vocational callings not just for a career but for a fulfilling and successful life.
Embrace the journey – Career planning does not end at graduation or with your first job after college. In fact, most people have 17 jobs and 3-4 careers in a lifetime. Consider career planning in college a journey rather than a final destination. Vocational discernment is life-long learning, therefore, career planning is a continuous process.
Follow your own wisdom – The career planning process as an undergraduate student involves continually asking yourself two important questions, “Who will I be?” and “What is my purpose?” These two questions can only be answered by you and should inform all of your career planning decisions.
The three areas of career planning are:
The VPD provides advising for all three stages of career development:
- Self-Evaluation: Gallup StrengthsFinder coaching, Focus 2/Majors to Careers
- Exploration: Internship search, application and enrollment, course orientation and management.
- Goal Setting Services: Job search, resume writing, professional profile and online job search engines, employer connections, networking opportunities, interview coaching.