Uncertain about your major or career path? Exhale. Help is on the way.
Western Nevada College has launched a new online career guidance tool to assist students with some of the most important decisions in their lives. The tool, named â€œCareer Finder,â€ is on the Counseling Services page on the WNC website, or click the link www.wnc.edu/studentservices/counseling
The System Interactive Guidance Information (SIGI) software created by Educational Technical Service assists students in deciding on a major and generating a list of occupations based on a survey of their values, personality, interests and work skills. Itâ€™s also available to faculty and staff.
The helpful career and educational planning tool removes the guesswork and frustration students can experience as they try to decide on a career path. Students will be able to identify their strengths and weaknesses and be able to explore a range of options based on their personal choices.
â€œCareer/major indecisiveness is a significant factor in students not graduating. It is hard to keep working toward a goal if you are not sure what the goal is,â€ said Deborah Case, WNCâ€™s director of Counseling Services.
Case has seen the educational tool in action and came away impressed.
â€œIt is very user-friendly and robust in terms of the occupational information that is available,â€ said Case. Information is updated annually from data produced by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. â€œStudents who have used the tool reported that it was fun and easy to use and that they felt the occupations that came up as a result of their personality/values/skills assessments were a good match for them.â€
The easy-to-use program is only available to WNC students, faculty and staff.
â€œThey will need to use their online credentials to sign in,â€ Case said.
Thereâ€™s also a program that accommodates military veterans. They can soon access the â€œVeteran’s Crosswalkâ€ program, which connects their former military occupation with related civilian occupations.
For a demonstration of the new tool, go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=cucAurR5OJI&feature=youtube