Student Affairs

Career Planning Services

Layout of Career Decision Making Model

The Career and Advising Center (CAC) offers career exploration tools to help discover and clarify educational and career goals.  We serve students, alumni and community members.  Employers interested in hiring Green River students are encouraged to contact Green River's Job Search Center.

Exploration

Our professional career planners provide assistance with choosing educational programs and/or careers, interpreting online assessments, training how to research occupational information, offerings of various career related workshops and individual appointments.  

Job Search

Students wanting assistance with their job search (e.g., Resumes, Cover Letters & Interviewing) should first visit the Job Search Center and/or contact Caesar (Julius) Robinson by email or phone: (253) 833-9111 ext. 6053.  

Employers interested in providing internship and/or job opportunities for Green River students using our online job posting site are encouraged to contact   Bilal Abdallah at 253-833-9111 ext. 2427, or by email at babdallah@greenriver.edu  Click here for more details.

If you cannot find what you are looking for, please contact us. We would be happy to help.

 

 

5 Reasons To Meet with a Career Planner

Our Career Planners assist you in focusing your education and training for future success and career satisfaction. We can help you discover and clarify career goals and link them with educational and training programs.

1. Not sure about what interests you?

  • A lot of people, young or old, know what they do not like yet have trouble knowing what they do like. In addition to meeting with a career planner, we offer numerous professional or free career assessments you can take on-line:

    • Professional Career Assessments - We offer three (3) different assessments widely used by universities and professional counselors for a fraction of the normal cost. A majority of students benefit from more focused and in-depth assessments like the following: 
      • The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) 
        • What type of career would fit your personality?
      • Strong Interest Inventory (SII) 
        • Which occupations match most closely with your interests?
      • StrengthsQuest (SQ)
        • Do you know what you do better than the next 1,000 people?
    Assessments may be purchased at the Zgolinski Welcome Center. The cost is $20.00 per assessment for students and $40.00 per assessment for non-students. The cost includes an individual appointment with a Career Planner to interpret the results. For more information or to arrange to take these comprehensive professional assessments, call the Zgolinski Welcome Center at (253) 833-9111, ext. 6000.
    • Free and simple assessments are available online using the Washington Occupational Information System (WOIS). You may save your results to an online portfolio and make an appointment to review your results with a Career Planner. Stop by the Career and Advising Center (LSC 126) or call 253-833-9111 Extension 2641 for the WOIS sitekey (i.e., password).

2. Too many interests?

  • Do you have a lot of interests but are not sure which one to choose? Are you putting off making a decision because you're afraid you will make the wrong one and miss out on something better?

    Contact us to make an appointment with a Career Planner who can help you begin to prioritize your options and make an informed decision.

3. Not interested in transferring to a 4-year college?

  • Green River offers a number of one and two year programs, called career and technial education programs that may qualify you for living-wage jobs. Some programs include: Automotive, Aviation, Design Drafting, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Practical Nursing and Welding that do not require a 4-year degree. Contact us to set up an appointment with a Career Planner to see what program might be a good match for you.

4. Have a job in mind, but not sure how to get there?

  • Do you get excited when you think about working as a (insert your job of choice) but are not sure what academic program will get you there?

    Contact us to make an appointment with a career planner to discuss academic programs related to your job of choice and methods for obtaining job experience to make that resume stand out!

5. Wondering what types of jobs relate to your program or major?

Students, Alumni & Community Members

The Career & Advising Center offers a number of free and modestly priced services to students, community members (i.e., non-students) and alumni.  We invite you to first browse the web resources and to contact us for further assistance.  

Choosing a Program or Major

At Green River, students can choose from a number of programs. Some programs are geared towards transferring to a four year university (Transfer) and others prepare for direct employment (Career and Technical Education).

Choosing a Professional / Technical Degree or Certicate

  • Search our Green River Web site for Career and Technical Education. These are degrees & certificate programs that prepare students for a specific trade / job. 
  • Talk with a Faculty Member. Faculty are an excellent resource when exploring Career and Technical Education programs. You can find their contact information by viewing the Career and Technical Education programs.

Choosing a Transfer Degree

Take a Career Assessment

  • Professional Career Assessments - We offer three (3) different assessments widely used by universities and professional counselors for a fraction of the normal cost. A majority of students benefit from more focused and in-depth assessments like the following: 
    • The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) 
      • What type of career would fit your personality?
      • Identify your personality type made up of four basic type preferences
      • Explore careers that might fit and satisfy you
    • Strong Interest Inventory (SII) 
      • Which occupations match most closely with your interests? 
      • Pinpoint the most satisfying career, educational and leisure choices 
    • StrengthsQuest (SQ)
      • Do you know what you do better than the next 1,000 people? 
      • Use your strengths to improve your grades and increase your learning 
      • Strategically determine a rewarding career path 
Assessments may be purchased at the Zgolinski Welcome Center. The cost is $20.00 per assessment for students and $40.00 per assessment for non-students. The cost includes an individual appointment with a Career Planner to interpret the results. For more information or to arrange to take these comprehensive professional assessments, call the Zgolinski Welcome Center at (253) 833-9111, ext. 6000.
  • Free and simple assessments are available online using the Washington Occupational Information System (WOIS). You may save your results to an online portfolio and make an appointment to review your results with a Career Planner. Stop by the Career and Advising Center (LSC 126) or call 253-833-9111 Extension 2641 for the WOIS sitekey (i.e., password).

Researching Careers & Labor Market Information

Need to know about possible wages and outlook for careers that interest you? The links below are quick and easy connections to labor market trends related hundreds of different occupations.

  • O*NET OnLine – national information on occupations and skills match component.  
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook – Hundreds of different types of jobs, tips for finding employment, links to information about the job market in each state and more.
  • My Next Move - What do you want to do for a living?   
  • My Skills My Future - Find careers based on your previous jobs and the skills you possess. 
  • Washington Career Bridge – Information on Washington state training programs, including completion rates and wages.  
  • Employment Security Dept.  – Data for Washington state's employment conditions. Search employers in WA state by industry, occupation, geographic area and keyword search.
In addition, we also offer access to the popular Washington Occupational Information System (WOIS).  Due to propriertary rights, we cannot publish the site key online.  However, you may contact the Career & Advising Center to ask for the site key (i.e., password) in order to utilize the website.

Job Search Assistance

Resume & Interviewing

Find a Job

Faculty and Staff

The Career and Advising Center offers many tools and services for faculty and staff:

In addition to the same services we provide students (e.g., career assessments; labor market research, we also provide numerous classroom presentations/workshops.  In fact, don't cancel your class if you know you will be absent - instead, schedule one of our following workshops. All workshops are approximately 45 minutes unless otherwise noted.

  • Classroom Presentations
    • Quick Overview of Career & Advising Services (10-15 minutes)
    • How to Choose a Major or Program of Study 
    • Researching Careers
    • Tapping Into the Hidden Job Market (Networking)
    • Interviewing Skills and Mock Interviews
    • Resumes that Work
  • Professional Development -  Team Building Presentations