Career Development Services

CDS provides career planning, assessment and job search assistance for all San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE) students and recent graduates.  Our mission is to give San Diego's finest students quality, up-to-date "hire" education so they can be savvy job seekers and get the job they want.

If you are NOT a student of SDCE, we suggest you visit the San Diego Workforce Partnership's website for information about their network of one-stop career centers.

Resources on assessment, exploration, decision making and job search articles, templates, workbooks, and slide presentations are in the folders on the left.  Links to additional resources are on the right of this webpage.

Career Counseling FAQs

What is Career Counseling?  Career Counseling is a collaborative partnership between you and your counselor. Because every student’s career and job search needs are unique, our counselor will listen to you and ask questions to help determine (1) the goals you want to achieve with the help of counseling and (2) a concrete plan for achieving those goals.  This plan will serve as a flexible guide for the things you and our counselor will talk about, the career assessments you will take, and the career exploration tools you will acquire.

What will I discuss with my Career Counselor?  Career Counseling is about your future career and is confidential...you and your counselor will work together to determine what to discuss.  Here are some of the topics that students frequently discuss with their career counselor:

  • Interests, skills, values, personality attributes, cultural background, and relationship experiences past and present.
  • How each of the above influence what majors, career path and training might be a good fit for your career goals.
  • How to understand and overcome difficulties in making career-related decisions.
  • How to write a good resume.
  • How to discuss past work history issues in a job interview.
  • How to use the internet to find jobs.

What should I go to Career Counseling to get help with?  Our Career Counselor will help you create a career plan, choose a training program, write a resume, learn job search and networking skills, or provide information about specific companies/organizations.

Does a Career Counselor help me get a job?  Indirectly, yes.  But our Career Counselor does not "get" you a job.  He teaches you how to your job search skills and assists with developing job leads by providing one-on-one consultations, classroom workshops and monthly seminars.

How do I sign up for an Individual Career Counseling appointment?  Individual consultations are on a walk-in basis ONLY.  See the schedule at the top of this page or go to the front desk of your campus for the CDS schedule.  All services are first-come, first-served and limited by how many students are waiting for assistance.