Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Career Counseling Appointments
Appointments are scheduled on Fridays for the following week. You can schedule an appointment in person or over the phone. Appointments are usually scheduled for 30-60 minutes. Please click here for our contact information.
The Career & Job Services Center welcomes students from their first day on campus. The Career Counselors are happy to discuss potential majors and careers with you from your first semester to after you leave ELAC and have moved into the workforce.
Absolutely not. A resume is not necessary to make an appointment with a career counselor. To make most use of your appointment time we recommend you bring a copy of an old resume or a list of positions you’ve had. If you have never created a resume don’t worry, our counselors will assist you!
We offer two types of interview appointments:
- Interview Preparation Appointment: Geared to help you brainstorm how to answer questions during an interview.
- Mock Interview: Mock interviews help students identify best ways to answer traditional or behavior based questions and learn what is expected in a job interview. During a mock interview session, a counselor provides constructive feedback on all aspects of the job interview process. Even though this is a practice interview, it is recommended you come dressed professionally to your appointment.
Declaring a Major
All students are required to declare a major by the time they complete 15 degree applicable units. Degree applicable units are units you can count towards a certificate, degree, or transfer.
We know that choosing a major can be difficult with so many options! Begin asking yourself:
- What do I like to do (interests)? What am I passionate about? What do I want to learn about?
- Who am I and how do I related to others (personality)?
- What do I do well and what do I want to develop (strengths)?
- What is important to me (values)?
Remember that choosing a major is not always the same as choosing a career. Schedule an Intake Appointment to explore your major options.
A major is a group of courses required in order to receive a degree –– an area you specialize in, like Accounting or Chemistry. There are certain "core courses" in the specialization that everyone is required to take.
A career is an occupation, trade, profession, or vocation. It refers to what a person does to earn a living.
Career planning is an ongoing process. You can increase your chances of choosing a career that’s the best fit for you by “testing the waters” before graduation. By gaining targeted experience through part-time jobs, volunteering, or internships during college, you can experience first-hand what a career and its working environment is like.