Career Checklist

Number of credit hours you have completed toward your degree:

0 - 15 credit hours: Self-Assessment and Career Planning Activities

  • Schedule an appointment with a career counselor to assist you through the career planning process.
  • Seek out employment which can provide valuable experience related to your career interests.
  • Enroll in a CDL 100 (or CDL 101, for adult returning students only) class. These credit-bearing seminars emphasize strategies for career and life planning. CDL courses may be applied toward the general requirements of most MCC degree programs.
  • Become an active participant in extracurricular and community service programs to develop your leadership skills.
  • Begin investigating 4-year colleges and universities to help decide if transfer is an option.
  • Attend one of the College Transfer Fairs held every Fall.
  • Plan course selection in preparation for transfer and/or employment.

16 - 30 hours: Career Exploration and Investigation Activities

  • Use the career planning and occupational resources in the Career Resource Center, located in the Career and Transfer Center, (3-108) to get more ideas about possible majors or careers.
  • Attend career and job fairs to explore opportunities related to your field of interest.
  • Meet with 4-year college representatives who visit campus.
  • Find out how co-op, internship, or community service experience can help you confirm your choice of major or career and enhance your resume. Contact the Office of Adult and Experiential Learning, 292-3220.
  • Identify faculty members with expertise related to your interests and talk with them to learn more about career opportunities and degree requirements.
  • Arrange informational interviews with people in your area of interest as a way to learn more about careers while networking with professionals in the field.
  • Continue to plan course selection in preparation for transfer and/or employment.
  • Continue working with a career counselor.

31 - 45 credit hours: Career-Related Experience and Transfer Activities

  • Still undecided about your career and/or major? Discuss options with a career counselor.
  • Get more transfer information through college catalogs, the CollegeView program, and the College Transfer Guide and Checklist. Meet with a transfer counselor to discuss your plans or for assistance in completing college and scholarship applications.
  • Meet with 4-year college representatives who visit campus.
  • Attend resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, and job search workshops. Bring in a draft of your resume for review.
  • Develop networking skills by meeting with area employers at job and career fairs.
  • Finalize course selection in preparation for transfer and/or employment.

46 + credit hours: Job Search and Transfer Activities

  • Still unsure about what you want to do after graduation? Visit the Counseling Center and Veteran Services Office, Career Services, or Transfer Services immediately and take advantage of everything we have to offer!
  • It's still not too late to gain relevant experience through internships, co-ops, community service, and extracurricular activities.
  • Jump-start your job search by connecting with employers through on-campus interviews, employer information sessions/tables, job fairs, resume referral, and the computerized job bank.
  • Polish your resume, practice your interviewing techniques, and develop a job search campaign by participating in career workshops and employment panels.
  • Sharpen your interviewing skills with a mock interview.
  • Meet with a counselor to plan your next steps.