Career Services

Career Exploration

What is a College Major?

A college major is a group of courses required by a college in order to receive a degree, an area you specialize in, like Accounting or Chemistry. There are certain "core courses" in the specialization that everyone is required to take, along with several "elective courses." A college major may be called an "academic major," "major," or "major concentration."

Advantages of Declaring a Major as Early as Possible

Choosing a major as soon as possible can save you time and money. Not only that, more UC & CSU campuses are requiring that students have the lower division courses for the major completed prior to transfer in order to be admitted to the university.

Declaring a major early will help you graduate on time, clarify academic requirements, plan coursework efficiently, increase opportunities for elective credits, and schedule an earlier registration date.


Choosing a Major

Choosing your major or career direction takes time and consideration. Many at Cabrillo College find their path through personal assessments, career tests, classes, workshops, with a counselor, or with materials found on the Academic and Career Counseling webpage. Find all of our available degrees and certificates here.

What is Career Assessment?

Career assessment is a process of assessing your interests, skills, personality traits, and values. By conducting career assessments, you are likely to discover which careers fit you best. You can choose to meet with a counselor for a guided career assessment or connect to the many online self-guided options.

If you choose to meet with a counselor for a guided career assessment, you may choose to purchase a career assessment inventories through Cabrillo Bookstore. Note: They are only sold during the Fall & Spring terms.

There are two available assessment inventories, The Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Inventory.

The Strong Interest Inventory reveals how your interests compare to the interests of individuals who are happily employed in a variety of occupations. It also lists your general interests in different types of work environments, people and activities, shows how to explore your career process, and requires counselor interpretation. Computer scoring requires a two week turnaround.

The Myers Briggs Type Inventory provides information on personality types and their relationships to your preferred work environment. The Myers Briggs Type indicates preferences for your work style, ways to deal with career indecision, how to explore the career process, and requires a counselor interpretation. One week scoring turnaround time is required. The Myers Briggs Type Inventory must be taken along with a Strong Internet Inventory, unless it has been specifically requested as an individual test by a referring counselor.

Many self guided online career assessment tools also exist for students to use and explore. There are listed several of these on the Career Services Resources page.

Career Coach

This is a new career exploration tool that allows you to access information on job titles, education paths, and job market data for the local region and expanded to include the Cabrillo’s majors and programs.


Career Planning and CG Classes

Counseling and Guidance (CG) courses are designed to assist students in making informed educational and career choices.

CG 51 - Planning for Success Introduces the tools necessary to increase academic and life success including college expectations, resources, facilities, requirements, and educational planning.

CG 54 - Careers and Lifestyles Facilitates the selection of a career goal and educational pathway through self analysis, human development, and occupational exploration; utilizes assessment of human traits and life span development.

The college's Academic and Career Counseling Department provides comprehensive services that encourage the academic, personal, social, and career development of all students.

The Academic and Career Counseling Department provides courses and workshops in college success, career planning, study skills, essay writing, general transfer requirements, and other topics as needed. You can find out more on the Academic and Career Counseling webpage.

Academic and Career Counseling is also available for students developing a plan to enter a career field, occupational training, or transfer to a four-year university. For more information, or to set up an appointment, call (831) 479-6274 or (831) 479-6385 or email You can also learn more about scheduling an appointment by clicking here