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The career planning process begins with identifying what type of work your interested in doing and much of this decision is based on your own values, interests, skills, accomplishments, experience and goals.

Self-assessment, though a time-consuming process, provides invaluable information to facilitate career decisions and to prepare marketing your background effectively.

Decision Making

In choosing a satisfying job or career, many decisions need to be made. Asking yourself questions about what you like and what you value, can help you narrow your career choices. What is your decision making style?


An awareness of what you value (qualities that are important and desirable) in a career will help you in exploring career goals and attaining greater satisfaction in your work.

The following is a list of values that are important to most people. How do you rank them in your career/job search?


Interests (areas that arouse your attention or enthusiasm) are closely related to values and frequently trigger skill development. You can identify interests by looking at enduring themes in your life-activities that persist over time, consistent choices, recurring dreams, or the way you spend your time. Try keeping a time-log or examining your most enjoyable times in-depth. If after doing so, you are still not clear about your interests or cannot rank them, consider meeting with a career center advisor or use the vocational guidance and assessment services located in the career services center.


A skill refers to something you do well, including handling problems or tasks. The key to your successful job search is recognizing these skills and communicating their usefulness verbally and in writing to a prospective employer. Use accomplishment statements to do so.

They should:



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Center for Career Development| About Us
199 Chambers Street, S-342, New York, NY 10007
Phone: 212-220-8170|Fax: 212-346-8519
Email: career@bmcc.cuny.edu|Office Directory

Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 9am-6pm and Friday: 9am-5pm
Walk-in Hours: Monday-Thursday: 10am-5pm and Friday: 10am-4pm
Saturdays Hours: 10am-4pm on August 29 , September 12, 26; October 10, 24; November 7, 21; December 5

When classes are not in session, the Center is open Mon–Fri: 9:00AM–5:00PM

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