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Career Services

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Questions are welcome here. Contact us anytime at csmcareerservices@smccd.edu or (650) 574-6116.

I'm here because everyone told me to go to college, but I have no idea what I want to do. Should I drop out?

No! Many students don't know what they want to study at first. Come see us in Career Services so we can show you multiple ways to figure out what career(s) you would be happy in and which certificate/ major/ degree(s) will get you into that field. You may also be interested in our books: Career Match and 10 Best Majors for your Personality.

I know I want to transfer to a university to get a bachelor's degree, but I don't really know what I want to major in. Should I just complete my transfer credits and decide later?

No! It's best to start thinking about your major now so that you don't waste time or money. Come see us in Career Services so we can show you multiple ways to figure out what career(s) you would be happy in and which certificate/ major/ degree(s) will get you into that field. CSM offers many, certificates, associate degrees and associate degrees for transfer that can help you get into the right university and/ or give you more job options while you are pursuing that bachelor's degree. You may also be interested in our books: Career Match and 10 Best Majors for your Personality.

I'm really interested in ___________ but have no idea how I could make a living with this. Should I just choose something more "practical"?

Not necessarily! Come see us in Career Services so we can help you research the career options available to someone with your interests. You may also be interested in our books: You Majored in What?: Mapping Your Path from Chaos to Career and "So What Are You Going to Do with That?": Finding Careers Outside Academia.

I just need a job right now to help me get through school. Can Career Services Help me?

Yes! We have many great resources, such as CCNPerfect Interview, and Career Resources and Tips handouts, or you may contact us to schedule one-on-one help. 

I am returning to the workforce after a long absence, can Career Services help me navigate today's job market?

Yes! Come see us in Career Services and we can help you update your resume and cover letter, find jobs, apply for jobs, and prepare for interviews. We can also help you decide and plan for long-term career goals. You may also be interested in  our books: The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life, Strategic Connections: The New Face of Networking in a Collaborative World, or, How to Really Use Linkedin. Moms may be interested in our book, Back on the Career Track: A Guide for Stay-at-home Moms Who Want to Return to Work.

I'm a veteran and am feeling lost, can you help me?

Yes! Along with CSM's Veterans Resource & Opportunity Center, we can help you transition back to civilian life and show you multiple ways to figure out what career(s) you would be happy in and which certificate/ major/ degree(s) will get you into that field. There are some great online resources if you click the student tab to your left. You may also be interested in our book Down Range: A Transitioning Veteran's Career Guide to Life's Next Phase.