Career Exploration


Are you frustrated? Confused? Lost?  You can feel this way at any stage in your life.  Come for as many career and education consultations as you need.  Coaching, cheerleading, interest assessments, brainstorming, creative problem-solving, connections to resources -- whatever you need to start you on your new path is available.  


cowboy Perhaps, you already know what you want to do, but don't quite know how to get there.  Confident in your goal, you can still encounter barriers or a lack of information and resources to help you reach it.  Bring your dreams and ambitions and we'll help you find a way to achieve them. 



Our FREE Walk-In Clinics provide individual consultation appointments. Times and dates change weekly to accomodate different schedules and are listed on the Events & Resources page listed in the left margin. 

radio womanInternships are an excellent way to "try on" a career.  Many programs at SFCC incorporate paid and unpaid internships into their certificate and degree plans.  Internships can also be customized and created to match your interests.  For more information, click here to link to our internship page.  Many internships are posted on our Web-based job bulletin board, the first link on the Job Postings page in the left margin. 


 Thinking of re-careering?  Many mature workers are ready for a new direction after a successful career or their circumstances change.  Sponsored by AARP, Samuel Greengard has written a book called Finding the Work You Love: The Essential Guide to Reinventing Your Life. Click here for his article in the November/December 2008 AARP Magazine.

While 7% of most community college populations have students with advanced degrees, SFCC is unique with 40% of its students having advanced degrees.  Re-careering adults will discover many of the people in the halls they thought were faculty or staff are actually students!

Consider taking a Career Interest Assessment or consulting with Career Services to determine your new direction.  Perhaps you want more education, perhaps you just need to recognize your transferrable skills and develop a plan.  Contact Career Services below.  Services are free to students and community members.

cisThe Career Information System (CIS) is a web-based program that holds information about more than 500 occupations, uses the Peterson's Guide to Colleges and Universities, State and U.S. Department of Labor wage and career projection data, as well as built-in interest assessments to help you discover your career direction.  Contact Career Services to learn how to use this program and to obtain a guest username and password.  If you already have a username and password, click here or on the CIS icon to login.

SFCC 2014-2024 CAREER PROGRESSIONS POSTERS: Career path ideas for today, tomorrow and the future.  Full-size posters are on display in the Center for Academic Transitions computer lab, room 131. 

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THE OCCUPATIONAL OUTLOOK HANDBOOK is published bi-annually and is now available as an online database for career information research through the U. S. Department of Labor.  The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. The Handbook is revised every two years.  Go to to learn about hundreds of occupations



WHAT CAREERS CAN I PREPARE FOR WITH A DEGREE AND/OR CERTIFICATE FROM SFCC?  Click here to link to our list of academic programs.  Each program page contains information about the classes required, how many credit hours are needed an possible careers.  Most programs also have a What Can I Do with a Degree in...? poster. 


Service Learning

CAN YOU AFFORD FREE TRAINING?  Volunteering is another great way to get free training, on-the job experience and "try on" a career.  SFCC's Service Learning Department has hundreds of resources for volunteer opportunities.  SFCC students can receive academic credit for their volunteer work. Community members and those who are not current students, should contact Career Services for assistance with accessing volunteer learning opportuinities.





The SFCC Library has valuable books, databases and weblinks to assist you in your career research.  

Link to the SFCC Library web page

Also, be sure to ask one of our librarians for assistance, when you visit.  They are very knowlegeable about resources and databases.  They can also get materials from other libraries for your use.


Labor Market Information:  


The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solution's Labor Analysis and Statistics and Economic  Research (LASER) Department's webpage hasconstantly updated information on New Mexico's jobs and salaries, their anticipated growth and the outlook of a variety of professions.


DOLClick here to access the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statstics home page for national wage and job growth information, along with an incredible amount of other useful data and links for labor information.





O-NetO*NET is a great resource for information on careers, salaries, job growth, job tasks, education needed and much more.


For more information, please contact Patty Armstrong, GCDF, Senior Career Services Coordinator, 505-428-1406 (Fax: 505-428-1657),

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