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The Path to Success

Your decision to attend South Mountain Community College is when your professional development begins. Choose a program and classes according to your professional interests.

Not sure what career you want to pursue or what to major in? Then you’re in the right place!

Choose a Career that Best Fits You!

The first step in choosing a major and career is to learn about you – what you like, what you’re good at, what you value, and who you are. We suggest that you start this exploration process with the Maricopa Career Planning System. The Maricopa Career Planning System is a career planning program that assesses your interests, skills, and values, and then suggests careers that might be a good fit for you. After you’ve completed the Maricopa Career Planning System, check out some of the other self-assessment links below.

Maricopa Career Planning System The Maricopa Career Planning System is designed to help you explore education and career opportunities. Based on the user type you choose when you register your profile, the system choices are tailor made for you! Choose from items on your Personal-To-Do list to get started. Follow the registration guide to get started.

Other Self-Assessment Resources

Choose a Major

How do you get to your career choice? Start with choosing the right major, one that will give you the skills and background you need to succeed.

You may also want to check out the majors here at South Mountain. Try our ‘Degrees and Certificates’

Now that you’ve spent time discovering who you are and exploring majors that fit your career goals, it’s time to learn more about the many careers out there! The links below will help you identify the growth potentials and salary for many different careers, as well as tips to help you reach your chosen career. Take some time to explore!

Top Pics

  • America’s Career Info Net: Acinet – The #1 site to use to gather info about careers, trends, salaries, education levels, state information. This site has it all!!
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook Government site is still one of the best. This is an online version of their excellent publication.
  • O*Net The Occupational Information network, find occupations that match your skills or search by keywords or codes.

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You’ve learned about yourself, chosen a major, and explored careers – now it’s time to find a great job! There are many components that will go into your job search – from writing a resume, to networking, to searching for jobs, to preparing for your interview, and more! Use the many great resources below to help you as you take charge of your job search and discover your next great job.

Networking

In today’s tough job market, it really is all about who you know. Learning how to effectively network will be extremely valuable in your job search. Don’t skip this important step, and check out the great resources below.

Job Search & Career Advise

In today’s tough job market, it really is all about who you know. Learning how to effectively network will be extremely valuable in your job search. Don’t skip this important step, and check out the great resources below.

Job Search Engines

Use these links to search for jobs throughout Arizona or in other states.

Resume & Cover Letter

The resume and cover letter are essential components of your job search. Plan to spend several hours preparing and writing your resume and cover letter, and plan to alter your resume for each job you are applying for. Use the SMCC resources and the additional links below. Plus, the SMCC Career Services Center offers resume and cover letter books that you can use in our office, and make sure you make an appointment with a Career Services staff member to review your resume (602-243-8154).

Interviewing

Preparing for your job interview is essential! The resume gets you the interview, but it’s the interview that gets you the job. Check out these resources below to help you prepare, and make an appointment with a Career Services staff member for mock interview practice (602-243-8154).

Job Fairs

Job fairs are a great way to meet and network with potential employers. Check out the links below for information about local career fairs.