Education is Power!
As you research the career(s) you are interested, you will notice that most occupations require more than a high school diploma, when it comes to education. Additionally, as you can see in the graph below, there is a strong relationship between amount of education, frequency of unemployment, and wages earned. Once you obtain the education needed to launch your career, keep on learning! Lifelong learning will not only enrich your life, it will keep you current in your field and therefore make you more employable.
To get extra career planning and exploration support consider registering for the following 1-credit courses at Greenfield Community College:
- Career Exploration & Planning – HUD 135 for students who are new to career exploration
- Career Planning & Job Search Skills – BUS 102 for students completing their time at GCC
- Industry Recognized Credentials
- Certificate Programs That Lead to High-Paying Jobs
- GCC Certificate Programs
- GCC Certificates that “Stack” into a Degree
- GCC Associates Programs
- GCC MassTransfer to Bachelor’s Degree Programs
Industry-Specific Career Information
- Manufacturing Industry
- Healthcare & Social Assistance Industry
- Education Services Industry
- Green Jobs Industry
- Other Industries
Education-specific Research Tools
- Career Paths After College (diagrams based on national-level data)
- CAREERwise Career Pathways (graphics)
- Careers According to Education Requirements
- Types of Training
Please see the Labor Market Information Research and Occupational Research pages to further inform your career and academic plan.
Career/Education Exploration & Decision-Making Organizers
- Career Goal & Comparison Table
- SMART Goal Setting Worksheet
- Time Budget Worksheet
- MA Work-Based Learning Plan (WBLP) – Although the WBLP is used to assess the growth and performance of interns and employees, it can also be used as a self-assessment and goal setting tool. What employability skills could be stronger (page 1)? What professional development goals could you add to page 2? Now add some time frames, strategies, and resources to greatly increase your chances of success.
Additional Career Exploration Processes & Resources
- Reality Checking – Do current qualifications and financial/life-style goals match career aspirations?
- Marketable Skills – Which skills can you market or need to obtain?
- Occupational Research – What do occupations involve and which is the best fit for you?
- Labor Market Information Research (LMI) – How can work-related data and analysis inform career choices?
- Experiential Research – What hands-on and real-world experiences will reveal which jobs are the best “fit”?