Career Planning Services
The Career and Advising Center offers career exploration tools to help discover and clarify educational and career goals. We serve students, alumni and community members. Employers interested in hiring Green River students are encouraged to contact Green River's Job Search Center.
Our professional career planners provide assistance with choosing educational programs or careers, interpreting online assessments, training how to research occupational information, offerings of various career related workshops and individual appointments.
Students wanting assistance with their job search, such as with resumes, cover letters and interviewing, should first visit the Job Search Center or contact Caesar (Julius) Robinson by email or phone: (253) 833-9111 ext. 6053.
Employers interested in providing internship or job opportunities for Green River students using our online job posting site are encouraged to contact Bilal Abdallah at (253)833-9111 ext. 2427, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org Click here for more details.
If you cannot find what you are looking for, please contact us. We would be happy to help.
Five Reasons To Meet with a Career Planner
Our Career Planners assist you in focusing your education and training for future success and career satisfaction. We can help you discover and clarify career goals and link them with educational and training programs.
- A lot of people, young or old, know what they do not like yet have trouble knowing what they do like. In addition to meeting with a career planner, we offer numerous professional or free career assessments you can take on-line:
- Professional Career Assessments - We offer three (3) different assessments widely used by universities and professional counselors for a fraction of the normal cost. A majority of students benefit from more focused and in-depth assessments like the following:
- The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) - What type of career would fit your personality?
- Strong Interest Inventory (SII) - Which occupations match most closely with your interests?
- StrengthsQuest (SQ) - Do you know what you do better than the next 1,000 people?
- Assessments may be purchased at the Zgolinski Welcome Center. The cost is $20.00 per assessment for students and $40.00 per assessment for non-students. The cost includes an individual appointment with a Career Planner to interpret the results. For more information or to arrange to take these comprehensive professional assessments, call the Zgolinski Welcome Center at (253) 833-9111, ext. 6000.
- Free and simple assessments are available online using the Washington Occupational Information System (WOIS). You may save your results to an online portfolio and make an appointment to review your results with a Career Planner. Stop by the Career and Advising Center (LSC 126) or call 253-833-9111 Extension 2641 for the WOIS sitekey (i.e., password).
2. Too many interests?
Do you have a lot of interests but are not sure which one to choose? Are you putting off making a decision because you're afraid you will make the wrong one and miss out on something better?
Contact us to make an appointment with a Career Planner who can help you begin to prioritize your options and make an informed decision.
Green River offers a number of one and two year programs, called career and technial education programs that may qualify you for living-wage jobs. Some programs include: Automotive, Aviation, Design Drafting, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Practical Nursing and Welding that do not require a four-year degree. Contact us to set up an appointment with a Career Planner to see what program might be a good match for you.
Do you get excited when you think about working as a (insert your job of choice) but are not sure what academic program will get you there?
Contact us to make an appointment with a career planner to discuss academic programs related to your job of choice and methods for obtaining job experience to make that resume stand out!
Not sure what jobs you can get with your program of study or major? Not all majors like “Accounting” have clear paths to jobs, so what can one do with an English or History major? Try exploring these links for further information:
What can I do with a major in...?
- The Princeton Review - Majors Search
- Florida State - Match Majors to Occupations
- What Can I Do w/ a Major In
- MyPlan: What can I Do w/ a Major In
You can also contact us to make an appointment with a career planner to brainstorm about jobs and careers that will utilize your education along with your interests, strengths and personality.
Students, Alumni & Community Members
The Career & Advising Center offers a number of free and modestly priced services to students, community members (i.e., non-students) and alumni. We invite you to first browse the web resources and to contact us for further assistance.
Choosing a Program or Major
At Green River, students can choose from a number of programs. Some programs are geared towards transferring to a four-year university (Transfer) and others prepare for direct employment (Career and Technical Education).
Choosing a Professional / Technical Degree or Certicate
- Search our Green River Web site for Career and Technical Education. These are degrees & certificate programs that prepare students for a specific trade / job.
- Talk with a Faculty Member. Faculty are an excellent resource when exploring Career and Technical Education programs. You can find their contact information by viewing the Career and Technical Education programs.
Choosing a Transfer Degree
- Search our Green River Web site for Transfer Programs. These degrees are intended to prepare students to transfer to a four-year college or university. Green River offers a number of transfer degrees related to different majors at four-year schools.
- Try a Majors Quiz and/or take one of our professional assessments.
- What can I do with a major in...?
- Talk with a Green River Career Planner
- Confused and overwhelmed? Feel like you have too many interests? Sometimes it helps to sit down and talk with someone. A Career Planner can make some suggestions and get you started or help you focus your search. Contact the Career and Advising Center to make an appointment.
Take a Career Assessment
- Professional Career Assessments - We offer three different assessments widely used by universities and professional counselors for a fraction of the normal cost. A majority of students benefit from more focused and in-depth assessments like the following:
- The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
- What type of career would fit your personality?
- Identify your personality type made up of four basic type preferences
- Explore careers that might fit and satisfy you
- Strong Interest Inventory (SII)
- Which occupations match most closely with your interests?
- Pinpoint the most satisfying career, educational and leisure choices
- StrengthsQuest (SQ)
- Do you know what you do better than the next 1,000 people?
- Use your strengths to improve your grades and increase your learning
- Strategically determine a rewarding career path
- The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
- Free and simple assessments are available online using the Washington Occupational Information System (WOIS). You may save your results to an online portfolio and make an appointment to review your results with a Career Planner. Stop by the Career and Advising Center in LSC 126, or call 253-833-9111 Ext. 2641 for the WOIS sitekey (i.e., password).
Researching Careers & Labor Market Information
Need to know about possible wages and outlook for careers that interest you? The links below are quick and easy connections to labor market trends related hundreds of different occupations.
- O*NET OnLine – national information on occupations and skills match component.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook – Hundreds of different types of jobs, tips for finding employment, links to information about the job market in each state and more.
- My Next Move - What do you want to do for a living?
- My Skills My Future - Find careers based on your previous jobs and the skills you possess.
- Washington Career Bridge – Information on Washington state training programs, including completion rates and wages.
- Employment Security Dept. – Data for Washington state's employment conditions. Search employers in WA state by industry, occupation, geographic area and keyword search.
Job Search Assistance
Resume & Interviewing
- If you need resume or interviewing assistance, visit the Job Search Center.
Find a Job
- Visit the Job Search Center or the links below:
- Job Fairs: See Job Search Center for more information on our annual job fairs for health occupations and general job expo.
Faculty and Staff
The Career and Advising Center offers many tools and services for faculty and staff:
In addition to the same services we provide students (e.g., career assessments; labor market research, we also provide numerous classroom presentations/workshops. In fact, don't cancel your class if you know you will be absent - instead, schedule one of our following workshops. All workshops are approximately 45 minutes unless otherwise noted.
- Classroom Presentations
- Quick Overview of Career & Advising Services (10-15 minutes)
- How to Choose a Major or Program of Study
- Researching Careers
- Tapping Into the Hidden Job Market (Networking)
- Interviewing Skills and Mock Interviews
- Resumes that Work
- Individual Resume/interview assistance (see Job Search Center)
- Professional Development - Team Building Presentations