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Chemeketa's Career Development Model

Career development is a life-long process. This Career Development Model provides a comprehensive framework for engaging in career exploration and planning.

Each stage provides specific activities and resources to empower you to Know Yourself, Explore Pathways, Decide & Plan and Launch Your Future.

An infographic outlining the Career Development Model process

  • Stage 1: Know Yourself

    Here you begin to connect your values, interests and skills in order to lay the foundation for your academic plan and career goals. 


    Print the Stage 1 Worksheet to collect your assessment results and additional information. Your results will help you as you continue with your career exploration journey. 


    Getting to know your career interests means that you are finding out what you enjoy doing on a regular basis.


    Your career values represent the beliefs you have about what is important in your work, and what makes it meaningful to you.


    Skills are things that you can do now or learn to do.  There are many types of skills including: basic skills, people skills, management skills and technical skills.  Skills can transfer from one setting to another.

    Reality Check

    Teaches financial literacy by connecting lifestyle choices to career planning.

    Learn More

    • 16 Personalities Test: A personality test reveals who you really are. Discover the 16 personality styles created by Myers & Briggs, test your personality type, and find your strengths.
    • Enroll in a Career Planning/Development class: 
      • CG110 Career Life Planning (2 credits)
      • CG114 Career Development (3 credits) 
      • FE120 Career Jump Start (3 credits)
    • Enrolled Students: 
      • For additional career resources go to the Oregon Career Information System (CIS). To access your Oregon CIS portfolio sign into your Student Applications SSO
      • Meet with a counselor to discuss your assessment results. Contact Counseling Services for more information
  • Stage 2: Explore Pathways

    In this stage you will discover educational pathways and research occupational possibilities.  See how occupations are related and explore degree options to meet your goals.


    Print the Stage 2 Worksheet to record your research findings. Your results will help you as you continue with your career exploration journey

    Chemeketa Pathways 

    • Chemeketa Pathways webpage
    • Student Handout and video (Coming Soon!) 
    • Success in the New Economy: How Perspective Students Can Gain a Competitive Advantage. Learn how to apply your skills and interests to the right educational and career plan for your future

    Transfer Students 

    Occupational Research

    Connect your personal attributes and educational goals with the world of work.

    How to find more information about careers

    Where to find more information about careers

    What to look for while conducting occupational research? 

    • Duties and responsibilities
    • Skills 
    • Work environment
    • Job Market 
    • Training and Education requirements
    • Wages and benefits
    • Licensing requirements 
    • Employers 
    • Print a Gathering the Occupational Facts Worksheet 

    Learn more

    • Enroll in CG225 - Understanding the 4-Year College Transition (2 credits)
    • Attend Oregon Transfer Days held in the fall and spring. Contact Counseling Services for more information.
    • Enrolled Students: Meet with a Counselor to discuss your academic and occupational research.
  • Stage 3: Decide & Plan

    In this stage, students will use appropriate resources to develop a plan which will empower them to make informed and meaningful career decisions.


    Print the Stage 3 Worksheet to record your research findings.  Your results will help you as you continue with your career exploration journey.

    Decision Making Strategies

    • Make a list of your degree and career options
      • Gather information
      • Pros and cons
      • Update your list of options
      • What more information or tasks do you need to do?

    Identify and Access Resources

    Goal Setting

    • Long Term and Short Term Goals 
      • A short-term goal is something you want to do in the near future. The near future can mean today, this week, this month, or even this year. A short-term goal is something you want to accomplish soon. A long-term goal is something you want to do further in the future. Long-term goals require time and planning. They are not something you can do this week or even this year. Long-term goals usually take 12 months or more to achieve. 
      • Brainstorm and list your short and long term goals on the Goal Setting Worksheet
    • SMART Goals
      • A SMART Goal is used to help guide goal setting.  SMART is an acronym that stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely.  A SMART goal incorporates all of these criteria to help focus your efforts and increase the chances of reaching your goal.  Learn more about creating SMART Goals here.
      • Use the SMART Goals Worksheet to create your own SMART goals.

    Academic Plan & Career Action Plan

    • Develop your Academic plan in Degree Works
      • Make an appointment with an Advisor to develop an Academic Plan
    • Develop your Career Action Plan
      • Make an appointment with a Counselor to develop a Career Action Plan

    Learn More

    Enrolled Students

    • Meet with a Counselor to identify and address barriers to career choice. For information visit Counseling Services
    • Meet with an Academic Advisor to discuss degree requirements. For more information visit Academic Advising
    • Meet with a Career Coach to support your successful transition from the classroom to employment.  For more information visit Career Services
    • Meet with Cooperative Work Experience office to start an internship 
    • Get involved with Student Leadership 
    • In Cultural Wealth, culture differences are presented as assets and strengths brought to the educational and work environments.  Cultural Wealth is an array of knowledge, skills, strengths and experiences that are learned and shared by people of color and marginalized groups; The values and behaviors that are nurtured through culture work together to create a way of knowing and being. Cultural Wealth was measured by J. T. Yasso (2005) on six axis: Aspirational Capital (resiliency), Linguistic Capital (bi-lingual), Familial Capital (extended family, shared experience), Social Capital (engagement and social resources), Navigational Capital (channel adversity into motivation), Resistant Capital (strength gained through repeated microaggressions)
    • Emotional Intelligence (EI) is learning how to recognize, process and channel your emotions in a way that benefits you and those around you.  Developing high emotional intelligence is incredibly important for a successful career. When we have high levels of emotional intelligence, we're able to build strong working relationships and manage difficult situations more effectively. Emotional Intelligence is a psychological theory developed by Peter Salovey and John Mayer (1990) and further developed by Daniel Goleman (1992) and rates emotional skills in 5 key areas: Self Awareness (knowing our internal state), Self Regulation (managing our internal state), Empathy (having awareness of others), Motivation (moving towards achievement of goals), Social Skills (ability to influence others)
  • Stage 4: Launch Your Future

    Here, you will develop and implement job search skills and materials that reflect your personal brand and gain experience that leads to career success.


    Print the Stage 4 Worksheet to record your research findings.  Your results will help you as you continue with your career exploration journey.

    Gain Experience

    Job Search Tools


    Career Management

    Intentional planning of activities and engagements in the jobs a student undertakes in the course of their life for better fulfilment, growth and financial stability. Remember, career management is a continuing process as opposed to a one-time project; you want to keep updating your resume and continue networking.

    • Conduct a State of Your Career Assessment
      • While in school, do this each term; after graduation, yearly
      • Ask yourself: 
        • What knowledge, skills and qualities do I possess that will make me attractive to an employer?
        • What knowledge, skills and abilities could be better?
        • How can I improve them?
        • What do I want to learn?
        • Who do I want to meet?
        • What were my major accomplishments? 

    Learn More 

    • Enroll in FE205B Resume and Job Search Correspondence 
    • Enroll in FE205C Interviewing for Success
    • Enrolled Students:
      • Meet with a Career Services staff member for job search assistance
      • For more information visit Career Services