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Career Counseling, Exploration, and Planning


Deciding what career you want to prepare for is a very important decision. Many students change their minds (and majors) several times when they are in college. Learning as much as possible about a major and related careers will help save you time and money, and will prevent you from taking unnecessary classes.

Taking career assessments will help you pinpoint your interests and skills, and will help you choose a career field that will make you feel fulfilled, share your talents and skills, and provide a viable income for your future.

We offer career counseling, classes that cover career planning, career assessments, a career resource library, and search sites.

Career Counseling is available by appointment only and at no fee for College of the Siskiyous students. Academic counseling is available by request and at no fee to community members who are planning to enroll at COS and need academic counseling to assist them to choose appropriate courses to take at COS to achieve their career goal.

College Success and Career and Life Planning Classes

Few decisions are more important than deciding what career to pursue and what training is needed to enter your chosen career field. Taking coursework such as GUID 1005 (College Success Skills) or GUID 1002 (Career and Life Planning) at COS will assist you in determining your interests, your abilities, and what work would provide you a sense of fulfillment.

GUID 1002 (Career and Life Planning) is a 2-unit course that is typically offered in summer and spring terms. It is AA/AS degree applicable and CSU transferrable. You will have the opportunity to take a more in-depth approach to personality assessments, interest inventories, and to identifying your skill set. You will also research career options.

Career Services for CTE Students

Are you interested in a vocational or technical career? In partnership with SiskiyouWorks, COS offers personalized career exploration and career support services for students.

Services can include the following:

  • In depth career exploration assessment
  • Advancing your ready for work skills such as resume writing, interview skills, etc.
  • Opportunities for job shadowing and internships with local businesses

If you are interested in any of these services, please contact Kim Peacemaker at

Online Assessments

There are also a variety of assessments online. This is a more informal approach to career exploration, but can be very helpful. A few select sites are listed below.

California Career Resource Network

California Career Resource Network - Part of the CA Department of Education, this site provides career development information and resources to develop career self-management skills. There are links to additional sites within this site.

O*Net Online

O*NET OnLine - This database of career information contains hundreds of specific descriptions on 1,000 occupations.


CareerOneStop - Sponsored by the US Department of Education, this site provides self-assessments, the option to learn about careers, and tools to plan your career.

Contact Counseling and Student Support Programs

800 College Ave
Weed, CA 96094
Phone: (530) 938-5353
Fax: (530) 938-5531