Statement of Purpose

Career Services is dedicated to serve diverse populations by offering an array of career-development activities that inspire and support each student’s lifelong career journey. Our dedicated staff work to assist students in developing career goals by exploring their values, skills, personality traits and interests in an inclusive and supportive environment. Through career counseling, workshops, comprehensive resources, specialized programs, and an employer presence we prepare students to make informed decisions about their future to support their career development.

Career Services Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Career guidance
  • Job postings and job search assistance
  • Resume and Cover Letter reviews and guidance
  • Resume Builder
  • Interview preparation and practice
  • Individualized career coaching
  • Networking skills and strategies
  • Professional development workshops
  • Skills and personality assessments

Career Development Process

The 6 Stages of Modern Career Development provides a comprehensive framework for assessing skills and establishing learning outcomes that demonstrate knowledge of self, career paths, and academic and career opportunities. Career decision-making is a process, and you can set your own pace in pursuing career development accordingly. If you work with a career coach and take advantage of the Transfer and Career Center programs and resources you will be better prepared to make informed and meaningful career decisions.

*Adopted from the NCDA 6 Stages of Career Development. (2003)  Casto.

Learn more about the career development process and receive resources here!

Job Search on Our Online Job Board!

SDCCD is excited to announce the launch of our NEW & IMPROVED, district-wide student & alumni online job board, Handshake, as a free one-stop-shop for kickstarting careers.

Students who attended SDCCD from Spring 2020-Present are expected to receive an email from Handshake in early March inviting them to activate their free student account. 

Students can activate their Handshake profile to:

  • Search and apply for 1000s of jobs, internships, or volunteer opportunities based on their major & interests
  • Get personalized job recommendations & connect with employers directly
  • Schedule appointments with the Career Center for support with career exploration, resume, job preparation & more!

For support and assistance with activating your Handshake student account, job searching and preparing application materials, please contact the Career Center at 619-500-2842.

Interested in hiring our talented students?

Hire a Knight! Employers create a free profile to post unlimited jobs, search our talented student and alumni and much more! Click the link below to learn more about our students and employer needs.


Career counselors provide the foundation for acquiring the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that enable you to make a successful transition from school to the world of work. At San Diego City College we strongly encourage all students to first visit with us for a career counseling appointment prior to seeking an educational planning appointment.


  • You have been in college at least 2 years and are still undecided about a career path
  • You have decided on a major but don't know if it fits which your career choice
  • Your friends/family/significant other are pressuring you into a career or major choice
  • You have so many interests that you just can decide, and are afraid of making the wrong choice
  • You are returning to the world of work but feel lost and out of touch
  • You want to change your career, but don't know how


  • First visit the Counseling office Room A-366 for a 5 to 10 minutes intake assessment
  • After a brief discussion with a counselor you may be referred to a 1 hour career counseling appointment
  • Most times you are first referred to the Career Center by a counselor for Values Interest Personality and Skills (V.I.P.S). assessment prior to your one hour appointment
  • Career counseling appointments can also be conducted in an online session through the college's online counseling services.