85% of students indicate that they pursue college in order to acheive a better career. Meanwhile, 60% of incoming first-year students enter college without established major/career goals or a career plan. Career planning has been linked to increased student motivation, improved academic performance and a higher likelihood of persisting through graduation and graduating on time. If all of those things sound good to you, start working on your career plan today!

Focus 2 Career

Focus 2 is an online, interactive, self-guided career, major and education planning system that is free for all OSU-Cascades students to use. The system allows students to better understand their interests, skills, values, and personality as they pertain to a variety of major and career options. Students can save, compare and evaluate OSU majors and various occupations to assist in the career planning and decision making process. Although the system is self-guided, students can also print out their comprehensive profile results to review with a career advisor in the Career Development Center.

Research Career Options

In addition to the information included in the Focus 2 system, use the following resources to research career options:

After you have completed online research career options, it is time to step away from the computer and talk to professionals who actually perform the work on a daily basis. By networking with employers and performing informational interviews, you are able to gather more information about what the particular job or work environment is actually like, and if you can see yourself there.