Students at CCM explore careers


A nurse, two businessmen, a mathematician, two counselors, an artist and four communicators walk into a classroom. With such an eclectic selection of majors in one room, it’s one rabbi shy of a punch line.

A career choices workshop was held March 18 in Cohen Hall room 151 at County College of Morris. Lisa Volante, CCM counselor, ran it with the help of her colleague Kaitlin Najjar. They are both part of the Office of Counseling Services & Student Success, located in the Student Community Center room 118. The counselors look to help students reach their full potential.

Out of the nine students in attendance, five were solely looking for career guidance. The material presented at the workshop, however, offered a new perspective on career development. 

Communication major Abigail Lengyel was not only there to write a story. She said she found out about the event walking to class one day as she stumbled upon a flyer attached to a campus bulletin board. Lengyel said she wanted some reassurance about her current career path and decided to blow out two candles with one breath.

The workshop introduced the students to websites designed to help explore career paths, including About Careers, O*Net and New Jersey Next Stop.

Volante went over the career development model, self-assessment, exploration, decision making and action. Expanding on her instruction, students could find what one values in life and use those values to explore different jobs, and to make a choice and act on it.

To help students with assessment, Volante told them about Focus 2, a career guidance tool accessible from the CCM webpage. Communication major Tamara Curovic said she would definitely see what Focus 2 has to offer.

Volante presented the students with three national statistics: 50 percent of students enter higher education undeclared, 70 percent change their major at least once and 50 percent pursue a career outside their major.

“It proves that a lot people don’t know what they want to do,” Lengyel said. “If you change your major it’s OK.”

The workshop closed with the Harrington-O’Shea’s test, which narrowed each student’s interests to three career clusters that they could explore. 

“I got results that I was interested in,” said Lengyel who is taking broadcasting this semester, which she loves, and the test garnered further affirmation.

Volante said she is hopeful that the attendees will make an appointment to seek guidance based off past results.

“I think this is good just to get the message out in general,” Volante said.

“You do have a lot of resources on campus that can help you to make career decisions.”


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