A Step-by-Step Career Planning Method

Self Assessment

“Only by knowing yourself will you be able to make the right decisions about your career – decisions that reflect your most important personal values and concerns.” - Barbara Moses


Track Down Information


Analyze and Evaluate Information


Reach a Decision

  • Declare an academic path and complete a change of major form to be submitted to Enrollment Services/Processing Office: Records Office (page scroll down to Forms, select Change of Major Degree or Change of Major Certificate.)
  • Columbia State Community College offers over 80 programs of study. The Program Fliers provide students with program and career descriptions, labor market information, transfer options (if applicable), program requirements, sample schedules and program/division contact information. To view a full list of programs: Catalog and Student Handbook (select Program Fliers, then select program to view details.)

Take Action

  • Create a resume and reference list.
  • Apply for jobs through Handshake or other job-posting platforms such as LinkedIn or Indeed.
  • Prepare for interviews.
    • For more information, please reference the interview section in the Career Guide.


Freda Leslie Pillow
Coordinator – Career, Veteran, and Transfer Center
Columbia Campus, Finney Library 125
Williamson Campus, Fine Arts and Technology 1st Floor
Main: 931.540.2862
Student Veteran Line: 931.540.2488