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Career & Employment Services

For Students:

New to college or getting ready to graduate? Wherever you are in your academic journey, it’s never too early to start thinking about your career goals. We are here to provide resources and tools to keep you on the path to success.

For more information, please contact

We understand that it can be difficult to narrow down your career options. If you are undecided about your degree or careers related to your degree, we are here to help. Advisors in the Career and Educational Planning department and the Counseling Division work together to help you in the Career Development process. We can provide resources and tools to help you select a degree pathway that can lead to a career that’s right for you.

Assessments can help you to learn more about yourself, evaluate your interests, skills, preferences and values to provide career options that might be a good fit. But it’s important to remember that no self-assessment tool can determine what path you should or shouldn’t take; only you can decide that. Here are a few assessment tools to consider:

  1. Interest Assessments
  2. Strengths and Skills
  3. Preferences
  4. Values

It’s important to research majors and careers that interest you. There are many ways to explore your options, including internet resources, taking a course like Strategies for College Success (CPD 150), conducting informational interviews, volunteering or other worked based experiences. You need to look at things like educational requirements, outlook (job openings), salary expectations and necessary skills to do the work.

MCCCD has organized all of its degree and certificate programs into nine Fields of Interest to help students clarify their career pathway and connect to their learning community.

  1. Degree and Certificates at SMCC
  2. Maricopa Community Colleges Degrees and Certificates
  3. Online resources
  4. Take CPD 150-College Strategies for Success
    This course focuses on increasing student success through college orientation and personal growth, study skills development, and educational and career planning.
    CPD 150 is taught by Counseling Division faculty.
  5. Meet with an Academic Advisor for your Field of Interest to create an Educational Plan.
  6. Informational Interviewing

An informational interview is an informal conversation you can have with someone working in an area of interest to you. It is not a job interview but a way to learn more about a career or company.

It takes a lot of preparation and effort to find the right job. Whether you’re looking to make money or want to gain experience in your field, we have the tools and resources to help you be successful.

Create or Update your Resume
A resume is a marketing tool. It should portray your unique qualifications, help you stand out from other candidates, and make an employer want to meet you in person. It is your advertisement to help you obtain an interview.

Cover Letters
Always submit your resume with a cover letter. It serves as a way of introducing yourself to prospective employers. A good cover letter is targeted for each position, and highlights your skills, interests and achievements. Use this guide for creating a successful cover letter.


Develop a broad list of both professional and social contacts to exchange career information, advice and referrals.

Find a Job Posting

Company Research

After the Interview
Not only is a follow up letter or thank you note common courtesy, it shows the employer you are a serious candidate for the job.

Part of being prepared, if you are offered a position, is knowing salary expectations, benefits and negotiating strategies.

For Employers:

Prospective Employers can post job opportunities and work-based experiences for Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) students through Maricopa Pipeline AZ.

You can create an employer account to post opportunities online at:

Please create your company via the Create a New Company if your industry is not already within our database.

Please be advised that the Maricopa Community College district is transitioning from Maricopa CareerLink to Maricopa PipelineAZ as the platform for employers to post positions to our audiences (students, Community Members and alumni).

Employer FAQ

Yes, all employers will have an account created on their behalf. At the time of the transition, employer contacts will receive an email notification from MCCCD Pipeline that will contain a unique URL for you to create a log-in and password for your account. If you have questions, you may contact

If you are an employer with an existing user account in PipelineAZ, you will not need to do anything. You will be able to log in immediately at

We are migrating your account over to Maricopa Pipeline AZ on your behalf. You will receive a confirmation email during the migration period of July 12-15, 2021 which will provide you a link where you can create a password to access your account.

No, no fees are associated with creating or posting on Maricopa PipelineAZ

If you are interested in connecting with specific programs you may connect with us at

If you have questions regarding creating an account, or posting positions, you may contact

Effective July 12, 2021, no new job postings will be accepted in MCL. If you are interested in posting position(s), you may do so on the MCCCD Pipeline website. However, if you have created an account on the MCCCD Pipeline platform, you are welcome to post your opening in both locations.

Immediately, if you have a MCCCD PipelineAZ Employer account. Please be sure your posting adheres to the Employer Recruitment Guidelines for posting an opening for Maricopa Community College students and alumni.