Career Exploration resources and assistance is available for all LBCC students.
Free Resources and Assistance
Career Information System (CIS): Make an appointment to attend a CIS workshop or schedule a meeting with an LBCC Career and Advising Specialist at one of the following locations:
Vocational Biographies Online: Research occupations by reading real-life career biographies at http://www.vocbiosonline.com. You will need the following information to log in:
School Name: lbcc
Occupational Outlook Handbook: Access information about careers throughout the United States at http://www.bls.gov/ooh.
O*NET Online: Search careers. Use Crosswalk for military to civilian occupations. Visit http://www.onetonline.org.
Other Career Assessments
Strong Interest Inventory: One of the most powerful career assessments available, the Strong Inventory identifies interests, possible majors, career options, and identifies work environment preferences. Schedule an appointment with a Career and Advising Specialist in the Advising Center to learn more. Cost is $35 per test and an additional $15 interpretation fee for non-students.
Career Exploration Classes
Career Exploration (HD140): Career Exploration is a class that introduces different ways to explore careers. Throughout the course, students will compare careers through self-assessments, identification of personal needs, review of college programs, informational interviews, guest speakers, and online resources. Students will gain self-knowledge and be exposed to work environment differences.
Career and Life Planning (HD208): A career development class which evaluates interests, skills, personal values, labor market conditions, work environment preferences, and academic and personal goals as they relate to career choice. Students will identify programs of study that complement individual needs. This course includes decision-making and goal setting methods to aid in making a confident career choice. Strategies for career success are identified through the analysis of employer expectations, examination of non-technical employment skills, and exploration of diversity topics.
Career Exploration Cooperative Work Experience (WE280): Earn college credits while interning/exploring/job shadowing a career you are considering. Find in LBCC Schedule of Classes under the Cooperative Work Experience section. Visit https://www.linnbenton.edu/cwe for more information.
Resumes & Cover Letters
The purpose of the resume is to get an interview. They are not meant to serve the same purpose as a job application. You may need to prepare several resumes to target specific jobs. Among other things, resumes show your skills and accomplishments, jobs you have held, and the education you have completed.
A cover letter is an introduction of yourself, the reason you are writing, and to highlight key qualifications that make you the best candidate for the position. A cover letter or letter of interest should always be included when you are emailing, mailing, or faxing your resume.
Job Search Skills and Resources
Job Search Links:
Portfolios demonstrate skills and accomplishments by providing physical evidence of those skills in an interview. Here are some examples of what you might want to include.
- Evidence of professional affiliations
- Copy of license or certification
- Letters of recommendation from people that know your work
- Evidence of specific skills (public speaking, leadership, video presentations, writing/publications)
- Work samples (class projects, items produced during an internship)
- Projects or completed reports
- Artwork or other creative material developed by you
Work Study: The Work Study program is part of Financial Aid and is available to those who are granted Work Study as part of their financial aid package. If you are unsure if you are available for Work Study, login to WebRunner and click on the “Financial Aid” tab to view award information. If you have further questions, Financial Aid can be reached at (541) 917-4850.
Cooperative Work Experience (CWE): Cooperative Work Experience is an instructional program that is similar to an internship. CWE allows students to experience a career or industry while learning and acquiring skills “on the job”. Through work experience, the student may test interest in and suitability for an occupation while being exposed to work methods not taught in the classroom or college laboratory.
Internships.com: “The world’s largest student-focused internship marketplace, bringing students, employers and higher education institutions together in one centralized location. Students will have the ability to access internships all over the country for free. Internships.com provides a wide variety of interactive tools and services to enable every student, employer and educator to better understand and optimize internship opportunities, enabling businesses to identify the best job candidates and for students to develop the real-world skills they will need upon graduation.”
Apprenticeships: The LBCC Apprenticeship Office serves as the information center for apprenticeship training on campus. This office provides training and specialized recordkeeping for apprentices employed in the various trade professions in the area. Classes offered at LBCC are for registered apprentices and people interested in becoming apprentices. To become a registered apprentice, a person must be employed by an employer participating in the state apprenticeship program. Taking apprenticeship classes can give the student credentials for employment into the trades.
Employment at LBCC: Many students work as part-time LBCC employees while also attending classes. Check out and apply for open positions across campus!