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Career Services

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Contact us any time for a one-on-one appointment. Email csmcareerservices@smccd.edu or call (650) 574-6116.

How do I decide on a major? 

  1. 16 Personalities - this is a free online personality assessment that can help you understand yourself in order to make an informed decision about which major/career is best for you
  2. Eureka - create a free student account to access Eureka's multiple personality assessments that match you to specific careers and career information (use site ID code: JXHLXRL
  3. What Can I Do With This Major?- choose a major and look at all the possibilities, especially helpful are the links and general information at the bottom of each page

What career(s) are available with my major?

  1. What Can I Do With This Major? - choose a major and look at all the possibilities, especially helpful are the links and general information at the bottom of each page
  2. Career Pathways - links to information about some of the most common majors at CSM

How do I know I will enjoy my career once I graduate? 

  1. Internships provide you with work experience and mentoring in your chosen field 
  2. Job shadowing (or, externships) provide you with a day-in-the-life in your chosen field
  3. Volunteering can help you meet people who work in your chosen field who may offer you internships, externships or provide you with an informational interview
  4. Informational interviews give you an in-depth look at a specific career
  5. Information on internships, externships and volunteering can be found can be found on CSM's Internships & Volunteering page.
How much money will I make? Will it be difficult to find a job once I graduate? Will I be able to pay off my student loans and/ or have the lifestyle I want?
  1. ONet Online - provides national information, including average salary and predicted job growth
  2. CA Occupational Guides - provides information, including average salary and predicted job growth, specific to CA and by CA region