Career Inventory Resources
What counselors offer
- Assistance to choose or change careers: Career decision-making
- Career workshops & individual career counseling appointments
- Career interests, skills, values, & personality type inventory assessments
- Educational goal-setting to support career choice
- Interpretation of career self-assessment tools for interests, skills, values, & personality type
- Referrals to the Career Services & Job Placement for career research, internet resources, résumés, informational interviewing, & job shadowing
Find a Counselor
To schedule a career counseling appointment, contact the campus counseling office directly.
Jobs & careers can always change, but your personality, likes/dislikes, & interests change less often.
By understanding who you are & what you’re interested in, you’ll be able to find the right field.
Take a Career & Interest Inventories:
- Career Assessment on HCC's Career Coach
- ASVAB Career Exploration Program (CEP): ASVAB CEP empowers students nationwide to discover their strengths & interests then map out post-secondary plans that work. Start exploring. It's free!
- Career OneStop - U.S. Department of Labor: Your source for career exploration, training & jobs Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. A proud partner of the American job center network.
- O*NET® Career Exploration Tools: The O*NET® team has designed a set of self-directed career exploration/assessment tools to help workers consider & plan career options, preparation, & transitions more effectively. They also are designed for use by students who are exploring the school-to-work transition. The assessment instruments, which are based on a "whole-person" concept, are grouped into three major families: O*NET Ability Profiler; O*NET Interest Profiler; O*NET Work Importance Locator.
- HCC's CareerHub has a Career Finder/Career Coach Assessment
- Student Interest Survey for Career Clusters by Advance CTE
- Jung Typology Test
- 05202020_CS_Work Values Inventory Questionnaire Donald Super
Additional Career Support:
- HCC Library's Career Resources for Students
- Texas Reality Check: Helps decide how much to spend for your lifestyle (Lifestyle Calculator) & helps choose an occupation while reviewing expense/salary (Occupation Calculator)
- HCC Counseling Learning Web Career Resources
Review your results and research the different careers.
List of videos & interviews of people in various industries:
- Videos of Careers from CareerOneStop
- Videos of Careers from CityTownInfo
- Browse Careers & Programs on HCC's Career Coach
Understand your Personality Type:
More Career Resources:
- US Bureau of Labor Statistic's Occupational Outlook Handbook-Lists pay, degree needed, description, job outlook, etc.
- List of Majors from Princeton Review
- HCC Library's Career Resources for Students-Ferguson's Career Guidance Center
Men in Nursing Resources
Schedule an appointment to speak with a counselor about your career. You can contact the campus counseling office directly.
One of the best and easiest ways to seeing if a field works for you is to simply ask someone.
You can call or drop by any business and tell them that you’re a student and would like to learn more about that particular industry. Most professionals are very willing to help students out.
Here are some questions you should ask:
- What do you think is the most difficult part of your job?
- What do you find most rewarding during your day?
- If you were to do it all over again, what would you have done differently?
- What kind of advice do you have for a student like me in getting into a field like yours?
What are some other questions that you’d like to ask?
A college freshman changes their major 3-4 for times.
The more times you change your major, the longer it may take you to graduate, but by more clearly understanding your career goal, you can achieve it more quickly
After going through all of the above steps, ask yourself:
- What is it that really interested me in this career?
- What do I personally need to improve upon so I can get into this field? Is it training, public speaking, writing, technology skills, etc?
- What did I learn about this field that surprised me?
- What did I learn that I didn’t know before about this career?
- How will my personality fit this field?
It’s ok to change your mind. When you change your mind, go over the steps above again to help you figure if a field is right for you.
The information provided by external resources - including third-party websites - is designed to provide helpful information on topics and community resources. HCC does not endorse or accept responsibility for the content, use, or availability of resources provided by external websites or agencies. HCC makes no representations as to the eligibility of any particular student to receive any benefit or the effects – such as those impacting immigration status – that accepting a resource may have on a student. Students in populations that may have specific additional needs are encouraged to seek advice from a relevant professional or reputable resources, such as immigration counsel or a qualified website.
Mahnaz Kolaini, PsyD., LPC-S
Director of Counseling and Ability Services