Bristol Community College

Bristol Community College

Career Planning

Choosing a career can be one of the most important decisions you will make. Unfortunately, many students find difficulty doing so and need direction. If you are among them, we can help.

This page describes several tools that can provide important clues that can steer you towards a satisfying career. If you would like to take advantage of them, please call extension 2959 to schedule an appointment.

Strong-Campbell Interest Inventory
Based on your expressed interests, the Strong-Campbell Interest Inventory can reveal career preferences that are consistent with those who share similar interests. The test utilizes Holland Codes that were developed by Job L. Holland, which influence one’s career preferences. The instrument includes a database that is packed with information on hundreds of careers in a broad range of industries. Equipped with your codes, you can read about related education and training programs, employment outlook, working conditions, salaries, and much more.

Myers-Briggs Personality Indicator (MBTI)
The MBTI measures personality types that can be used to help you make decisions regarding careers and majors. Based on Carol Jung’s theory of personality type, the MBTI assigns one of sixteen codes that suggest personal preferences around how you relate to others, make decisions, organize information, and other factors. The results can be used to identify “career clusters” that match you with similar “types”.

Career Dimensions
Career Dimensions is a popular, interactive career exploration and education planning system. Users can take a career assessment that to identify career interests and values. The results can then be used to explore industries/occupations and education/training programs by major, location, and cost.

Sigi-Plus is a career planning system that can help you explore your interests, values, skills. Then, based on the results, you can generate a list of suitable occupations for further exploration.SIGI-Plus is interactive, informative, and fun!

Career Services Library We offer an extensive collection of media that provide information on writing résumés and cover letters, choosing a major, interviewing, and more. Students may stop by our office at any time to peruse our books, pamphlets, handouts, and other forms of media.

To learn more about these tools, or to schedule an appointment with a career counselor, please call (508) 678-2811, ext. 2594.

Web-based Resources

In addition to the tools described above, many web-based resources can help you explore occupations and industries. These can be especially helpful in exploring hundreds of career paths in many different industries.

Massachusetts Career Information System
The MassCIS presents data on hundreds of job titles, including tasks and working conditions; wages, employment outlook, training and preparation, reference materials, and more. Data is assembled from several reliable sources, including the Bureau of Labor Statistics. To use MassCIS, sign in using your Massachusetts town/city and zip code.

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Billed as the nation’s premier source for career information, the Occupational Outlook Handbook features information on hundreds of occupations. Users can learn about tasks, work environment, required training/education, salaries, and more. This resource is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

College Major Resource Kits
The Major Resource Kits provide valuable information on career paths, sample job titles, bibliographies, and more. If you want to know what to do with a specific major or where to find additional information, this is a great place to start! This resource is provided by the University of Delaware.

Visit Job Search Assistance to view more resources.