Career Counseling and Assessment
NOTE: As of January 2014, The Counseling Center is in the process of re-structuring counseling services. The Career Center & GAMP will tentatively be taking over all career counseling services starting February 2014. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we phase this service out and make the transition to the career center.
Now that you are at Gonzaga University to work on a degree, what's the next step? For many students, career counseling may be the next step. Read on to discover if career counseling might be right for you.
Who should come in for career counseling?
There are many people who could benefit from career counseling. Here are just a few of the many reasons you might come for career counseling:
- You have not yet chosen a major and are not sure where to start
- You have some ideas about your interests but are not sure how this fits into major/career
- You have chosen a major but are wondering if another major might be a better fit
- Your parents or others have expressed concern about your choice of major/career goals
- You like one major but feel pressed to see another major that you believe may lead to greater financial security
- You are wondering if graduate school is right for you
- You don't know the difference between job search and career exploration
The particular reasons why you are seeking career counseling services are many. What is most important is your desire to learn more about yourself and how you make decisions and your willingness to pursue career exploration.
The Next Step: Connecting with the Career Counseling Services of the Counseling Center
The Counseling Center's Career Counseling Services focus on the individual student's needs. Here are some tasks that your career counselor may help you with.
- Self Exploration and Discovery: Learn more about yourself, your interests, your values, your strengths and challenges, and how you make decisions.
- Examination and Integration: Examine your educational strengths that influence academic choices and integrate interpersonal, environmental, and cultural factors that influence career decisions.
- Career Paths and Occupational Preferences: Understand the relationship between choice of major and occupational choices and the resources available on campus to continue exploration of both.
How do the Career Counseling Services help students?
Generally, we try to get a clear picture of who you are, how you got here, and what directions you are currently considering. Assessment tools (they are not really 'tests', but they can help you find answers) such as the Strong Interest Inventory (SII) and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) may be used to help you assess characteristics relevant to making satisfactory career decisions. We also use the SIGI 3, a computerized program. A counselor will work with you interpreting your assessment materials for several 50-minute sessions. Referrals are often made to other campus departments such as The Career Center and the GAMP office, both located in the Crosby Student Center.
Who is eligible for Career Counseling and what are the costs?
All currently enrolled Gonzaga students are eligible for career counseling services, most at no charge, while there is a modest fee charged for taking the standardized assessment tools: the MBTI is $15.00 and the SII is $25.00.
How do I make an appointment?
- You may call the Counseling Center, (509) 313-4054, or you may stop by our office in College Hall (formerly the Administration Building), Room 303.
Getting Started. . .
1. Self Exploration and Discovery: Learn more about yourself, your interests, your values, your strengths and challenges, and how you make decisions
- Career Values--Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for SIGI 3 password
- Career Decision-Making - worksheet
- Influence of Significant Others and Significant Factors
- Personal Traits Inventory
3. Career Paths and Occupational Preferences: Understand the relationship between choice of major and occupational choices and the resources available on campus to continue exploration of both.
- O-NET OnLine - Occupational Information Network (Skills Search)
- Skills Exercise
What other resources are available?
ON CAMPUS RESOURCES
Additional resources are available on campus to assist you in making sound academic and career decisions. These resources also consider your abilities, interests, goals, family, and cultural concerns as critical elements in the decision-making process.
- The Career Center (CC) located in the Crosby Student Center has many resources, including advisors who are skilled in helping you articulate your career goals, develop employment tactics and will register you on the ZagTrax system.
- The GAMP Office (Gonzaga Alumni Mentoring Program) located in the Crosby Student Center, is a career oriented mentoring and networking program which matches you with an alumni mentor in your field and sponsors the Portland and Seattle Trek programs.
- Academic Services Office (CG 326) can assist you and your advisor with specific academic planning and/or degree requirement questions, change of major as well as advisor paperwork and general academic policy information.
- Your Academic Advisor will help with your academic planning and may have some graduate school information for specific majors.
- The Student Employment Office (CG 126) offers work opportunities to develop leadership, communication, interpersonal, organizational and other transferable work skills.
- The Center for Community Action and Service Learning (CCASL), 617 East Boone, provides programs for service to others which help students recognize and confront the realities of suffering in the world through study and solidarity with the marginal in our society by direct hands-on, face-to-face engagement.
- University Ministry located in the Crosby Student Center, provides retreats and opportunities for spiritual growth and reflection which will help students to integrate their lives in meaningful ways for their vocations and careers.
- Foley Center Library: The Ralph E. and Helen Higgins Foley Center is Gonzaga University's library. Librarians have compiled two guides for career resources available through the Foley Center.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES-OFF CAMPUS WEBSITES
There are many resources available on the web that can also assist you in your career exploration and decision making process. Several websites offer complete career exploration services.