Career Counseling
Career Counseling

Whether you are excited to begin the career planning and preparation process or if are feeling overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin, be assured that the IHCC Counselors are happy to help you. If you would like to work independently prior to meeting with a counselor, these resources are here to help you begin the process.

Career Counseling

Below are three sections for you to begin the career development planning process. You are able to move through the content in order or you can pick and choose where you want to begin. At any point you have questions, please schedule an appointment with an IHCC Counselor and we can help you develop a plan for how to proceed. Call 651-450-3508 to schedule an appointment! Also, our CRDV 1100, Career Exploration and Planning class is offered online and in person each fall and spring semesters!

Seeking personal clarity occurs when you become more self-aware of several factors influencing career decision making. Below are several informal assessments. Note that all of these are tools and will not define a path for you. However, they will provide an opportunity to reflect and consider your options. In particular, note those careers that appear in multiple assessments. Lastly, you are encouraged to print all of your results and bring them in to discuss with an Inver Hills Counselor!

To schedule an appointment:


There are informal and formal interest assessments. Below is/are links to informal assessments that you are able to complete on your own. In addition, the Strong Interest Inventory is a sophisticated career interest assessment that is available to Inver Hills students. To take this premier career development assessment, schedule an appointment with an Inver Hills counselor at 651-450-3508 or

CAREERwise Interest Assessment

Career OneStop Interest Assessment


Skills assessments help students become self-aware of skills that come naturally as well as skills that they may want to develop to pursue a particular career. Remember, you don’t have to have all the skills now as you will develop many skills as you progress through college. Below is an informal assessment:

Skills Matcher
NOTE: Afterwards, don't forget view and print "your full list of skills" link on the left menu bar!

University of Denver Transferable Skills Worksheet


Every career as a variety of personalities represented so chances are whatever career you chose will not be problematic. However, we do know that that more self-aware of your preferences, such as what comes naturally to you and how you interact with your environment, provides great insight as you begin to explore career settings.

16 personalities

Personality Characteristics – University of Denver

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
This assessments can help you identify your preferences and strengths. This assessment can you understand your preferred work environment and tasks. This assessment is offered in CRDV 1100: Career Exploration and Planning class or individually for a fee. See a Counselor for more information.


Values play a key role in career satisfaction. They help you define what you want and need in your work life. Values often define what motivates you and they are often the criteria that help us evaluate career decisions. The following assessment will help you begin to consider values that may play a key role in determining your career satisfaction.

Card Sort Assessment

Exploring your options & Researching the possibilities

Exploring Majors/Educational Knowledge

Below are resources to assist you with learning about various majors, courses you will take and options available to students upon completion of the major.

Majors available at Minnesota State Colleges

What Can I Do With This Major?

University of Minnesota Major Profiles

Researching Careers

The following resources will help you explore clusters of careers (such as business careers or health science careers) or specific careers.

Careers for Minnesota State graduates


MN Career Information System
Username: ihcareercenter
Password: ihccstudent

Exploring via coursework

Students can often explore their interests through coursework. Meet with a counselor or advisor to determine whether this approach might be appropriate and if so, create a plan to explore possibilities.

Reality check

If you have not already visited the Exploring Careers section, please visit this section first. This information will help you confirm your understanding of a career area and help you to check your assumptions.

Once you have conducted thorough research of a career area using these resources, you may find you are still needing more information. Informational interviews are opportunities to interview someone who is working in a job you are considering. This first hand perspective can be highly informative and provide greater clarity regarding a career option. See articles below for more information about Informational interviewing.

How To Rock The Informational Interview

Informational Interviewing

Set Up Informational Interviews

For assistance with setting up or preparing for an informational interview, contact the Center for Career Development and Community-Based Learning.

Decision Making

If you struggle with decision making, you are not alone! Use Career Counseling web resources, register for CRDV 1100 Career Exploration and Planning class and/or schedule an appointment with a counselor!

It makes perfect sense. Consider this, career/major decisions are:

  • Complex – there are so many factors to consider
  • Uncertain – there are no guarantees that it will be like you envision
  • High risk – the consequences of the decision impact most every facet of your life

For many, making a decision regarding your major, career, or transfer college can be overwhelming, even paralyzing! This website is designed to provide you with career and academic decision making.

How to approach career indecision is very individual because everyone is indecisive for various reasons. Inver Hills Counselors are here to help you if you are finding this part of the process especially challenging. Often students find it helpful to gather information as part of the decision making process. Below are resources that will help you begin this process as lacking information or having inaccurate information for any of the following reasons can lead to career indecision.

Or sometimes, other things are interfering with our ability to bring closure to making a decision such as:

  • we lack of motivation
  • we don’t have the support of the important people in our life
  • we are generally indecisive
  • we have perceptions or beliefs that are interfering with our ability to make a decision
  • we want a guarantee that our choice will be exactly what we desire

If this is you, review the myths section below and, as always, feel free to meet with an Inver Hills Counselor! (Contact information on the left!)

Career Development Action Plan: keeping motivated & setting goals

If you are trying to decide which major or career to pursue OR if you have made a decision, you will benefit from creating an Career Development Action Plan. Career decision making is a process, not an event. Creating an action plan will help you develop meaningful strategies to help you make progress toward your career and academic goals and/or will assist you with clarifying your goals. Creating a plan will help you set goals and keep motivated! Contact IHCC Counseling today! (Contact information on the left!)


Sometimes our misperceptions interfere with either our ability to make a decision or the quality of our decision. Below are a few of the most common myths that become barriers to students as they try to make career and/or academic decisions. Creating a Career Development Action Plan (see above) with a Counselor will help uncover myths that may be impeding your progress.

There is one specific career that will make me happy. - OR - I am afraid I will make a wrong career/major decision.

For most people, there are a number of careers that would be good options. This knowledge can take the pressure off knowing that a fulfilling career can begin with any number of career or academic decisions and it isn’t a matter of making a right choice or a wrong choice.

I am afraid if I make a “wrong” choice that my schooling will be a waste. - OR - I am concerned I will regret this choice and not want this career forever.

Most professionals who change careers or jobs use their initial career as a stepping stone and do not consider it a waste. In most situations, if people need to return to school, they can build upon previous work and do not have to “start over” again. When you make a career decision, it is not a lifelong decision but a first decision followed by many other decisions.

I won't be qualified to do anything with a liberal arts degree.

You will be more qualified than most: the skills you develop in a liberal arts curriculum - communication, problem solving, critical thinking etc. -are those most desired by employers. In fact, they are the skills that help you KEEP your job and provide the flexibility to adapt and change as you progress through your career.

Whether you are excited to begin the career planning and preparation process or if are feeling overwhelmed and don't know where to begin, be assured that the IHCC Counselors, as well as the staff in the Center for Career Development and Community-Based Learning, are happy to help you.

Many students consider selecting their career or major to be the only task necessary for their career planning. However, there is more to preparing for that future career than simply selecting a career or major. Below are three sections designed to create awareness of other tasks essential for success.

Social Media

Social Media is everywhere - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogging just to name a few. Students and graduates can leverage social media to assist them with their job search or it can be a determent to their success. Understanding social media and how it can help or hurt is something to pay attention to now – before you begin your job search!

To Do's for the job seeker – before you become a job seeker!

  • Make sure you have an email address that is professional.
  • Make sure you scrub (delete or untag) Facebook, Instagram and other sites that you may be tagged on that have pictures or posts that are questionable or profane. Begin this now so you don’t have to try to go back several years to untag or remove photos.
  • Make sure your affiliations on Twitter and other social media sites provide a favorable image to future employers.
  • Review your privacy settings for each social media account and review your personal information. As a rule of thumb, make sure your personal information is private.
  • Begin to think about your personal “brand” and present your best self, online. Do each of your social media platforms consistently portray the image you wish to portray to a future employer?
  • One more thing – While it isn’t social media, now is a good time to think about updating your voicemail and email address! Employers frequently contact prospective employees by phone and your message matters! Likewise, make sure your email address is professional!

Developing professional skills

Intentionally developing essential skills for career success is a vital component of career success. NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) has identified several competencies important for to ready for your career. These skills are important to prepare for successfully gaining and keeping a job.

  • Critical thinking/problem solving
  • Oral/written communication skills
  • Teamwork/collaboration
  • Digital technology
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism/work ethic
  • Career management
  • Global/Intercultural fluency

To learn more about these essential competencies see the following links. Also, be sure to incorporate this into the Action Plan you create with the IHCC Counselors.

Career Ready? University of North Carolina

Gaining experience & increasing your skills

Part of preparing for your future employment is to gain experience that helps you

  1. develop skills to get and keep your job as well as
  2. develop a professional network

Below are examples of ways to accomplish these goals. As you begin to develop your Career Development Action Plan with a Counselor, be sure to incorporate one or more of the following into your plan:

  • Informational Interviewing
  • Job shadowing
  • On Campus Employment
  • Internship
  • Part or full time off campus employment
  • Volunteer & Service learning

For assistance with exploring any of the above, contact:

Center for Career Development and Community-Based Learning
2nd floor College Center

Employment materials and job search

As you prepare for employment, it is important to understand that there are several components to having a successful job search. Below are several of job search strategies and tasks essential to increase your job search success:

  • Company/organization research
  • Networking
  • Practicing with mock interviews
  • LinkedIN Profile
  • Resume & cover letters
  • Interviewing
  • Evaluating & negotiating an offer including evaluating Salary & Cost of Living

The Center for Career Development and Community-Based Learning,
College Center, 2nd Floor

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