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Career Information

How Can I Assess My Interests, Skills, Abilities, Values, and Personality?

The first step in any career decision-making process is to gather information about yourself. It is very important to have an understanding of your interests, skills, abilities, values, personal experiences, and personality. The more you know about yourself, the easier it will be for you to identify the type of career path you want.

At the Student Support Center we can help you assess these traits through exercises and a variety of online and paper assessment instruments.

Occupational Research

The following resources are available in the Center to help you in assessing your qualities and assist you in the career decision-making process. We suggest you use as many as possible.


Online Resources:

Glassdoor Resource for Grays Harbor College
Glassdoor gives you an inside look at jobs and companies, salary details, company reviews, and interview questions that are all posted anonymously by past and current employees and job seekers. Students now have full unlimited access through this link.

Washington Career Bridge: Explore careers, find in-demand jobs, find training programs or apprenticeship program, get job search help.

My Next Move: Career exploration site. Use this site to help you find out what career you want.

WOIS / The Career Information System (link works on-campus only)
Descriptions - Explore job duties, wages, advancement opportunities and training requirements for more than 330 occupations in Washington state. You can also read about schools and educational programs that relate to your career choices.
Tools and activities - WOIS includes a variety of online instruments to assess your interests, skills and values and match them to occupations.
Search - Look for occupations that have titles containing specific words.

CareerBliss: Use this site to search for job openings or to find reviews of particular employers written by current and former employees. Also includes salary information, career advice articles and the BlissFinder assessment test

Job Search through Social Networking This online service of Bright Media Corporation is a place for job seekers and employers to connect online.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook. This is a Department of Labor guide outlining career outlook, preparation, employment & earnings for 250 occupations employing 85% of the US population.

Job Profiles
Complete an informational interview on-line! Experience the personal side of work by reading job profiles written by experienced workers in over 200 different jobs. Workers share the rewards and challenges of their job, along with information on basic skill requirements and advice for entering the field.

WorkSource is a joint venture of organizations dedicated to addressing Washington State's employment needs. features jobs in healthcare, valuable advice on the job search, and entertaining and informative stories about healthcare professionals and issues in healthcare. Online resource focused on the career of registered nursing. You can find salary information, description and history of the career, an interview with an RN, a list of schools offering RN programs, resume samples, NCLEX-RN exam information, and more. helps students make more informed career choices by providing them with highly relevant, reliable and up-to-date career information and job search resources.

Psychology Career Resources Guide is a free resource for psychology students, educators and psychology professionals. All psychology career information, websites, listings, and links found on this site are non-commercial in nature.

Information Sheets and Booklets

Information on GHC Vocational Degrees
Program information packets are available for each of the vocational degrees offered here at Grays Harbor College. These colorful, easy-to-read brochures provide information on required courses and job opportunities after graduation.

Washington State Occupational Outlook
This is a quick reference guide for identifying fast growing occupations, declining occupations, and occupations in greatest demand based on your education level. Published by the WA State Employment Security Department.

Where Are You Going?
A guide to careers and occupations in Washington State. This 162-page booklet provides adults and students with advice on careers, what opportunities exist, what salaries are offered, and where to obtain training. Also included information on resume writing and job search. Maintained by the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board.


Books, Videos, and-- of course, Counselors:

Counselors are always available to assist you either for a brief (10-minute) walk-in visit or scheduled appointments. Sometimes it helps to talk with someone who can show you how to access the resources listed above.

Counselors also offer career advising sessions to help you determine a major or career direction. Schedule a one-hour appointment by calling 360-538-4099.


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