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Where will OCCC send you?

Looking to explore the world of opportunities your OCCC education is preparing you for? Visit the Career and Transfer Readiness Center, open Monday – Thursday from 1 :00 pm – 4:00 pm. The CTRC is located in room 52 on Central Campus in Newport, Oregon. The CTRC is open to the public and staffed daily with college representatives that can help you explore career opportunities, training programs, academic paths, and transfer opportunities. We have a wide range of resources, including a great collection of books available for checkout through the Library right here on campus.

There are ten career related worksheets in the CTRC.  These work together to guide you through a career exploration and change process.  


There are ten career related worksheets in the CTRC.  These work together to guide you through a career exploration and change process.  


How do I start a new career? This module will help you prepare for and manage your own career change.

What is the right career for me? This module will help you understand your interests, values, and personality in relation to a career path.

What are my skills? This module will help you discover skills you never knew you had!  Most people have many skills that can be used in any


Do I have the skills employers want? This module will help you understand which skills are in the highest demand.  You can then compare this to your own skills and identify what skills you need to gain or improve.


What is happening in the world of work? Choosing a career in a stable or growing industry is important.   This module will give you an inside look at industries that are experiencing growth and teach you how to research industries in general.  Learn this and you’ll always know where the jobs are.


What is a career pathway? This module will help you understand how to select a set of occupations that will serve your career needs and goals.

How do I learn about a specific occupation? In this module, you will learn some of the important questions to research and ask about an occupation.


What’s the best way to learn about a career? The best way to learn about a career is to talk to people who are currently doing it!  In this module you will learn how to set up and conduct an informational interview.  You will learn how to choose who to interview, the etiquette of contacting and arranging the interview, and the best questions to ask.

How do I actually decide? Now that you’ve done all the research, it’s time to make  a decision.  So how do you go about doing that?  In this module you will learn   about decision making and how to apply those principles to your career decision.

How do I create an action plan? Now that you’ve chosen a career that’s right for you, it’s time to make a plan to reach your goal.  This module will help you identify all of the steps you’ll need to take in order to reach your goal.  This may include education, financial management, or skills development.

 Online Resources

Career Information System (CIS).

The web version of CIS requires a password. Please call Student Services to obtain login information at (541) 867 – 8501. CIS is your source for current employment, wages, outlook, hiring practices, preparation, and licensing. Every postsecondary program of study or training offered in Oregon is described within one of over 600 program categories. More than 150 topics of information, from admission requirements and costs to services for students with disabilities, are provided for each postsecondary school in Oregon. Similar information is included about national two-year, four-year, and graduate institutions. CIS is a complete scholarship and a financial aid database that lists national, state, and local awards is available along with a tool to sort the entries based upon an individual’s characteristics. CIS also includes information about self-employment, job search, industries, and the military as an employer.

State of Oregon Labor Market Information System (OLMIS)

OLMIS (qualityinfo.org) is a resource that will help job seekers explore careers, skills, industries, and employment opportunities. This site also includes links to the latest research in industrial fields, wages, income, training, and educational opportunities. The Occupational Profiler provides an array of information about an occupation; such as wages, projected growth and job openings. Job Finder allows you to search your local area for jobs listed with the Oregon Employment Department and elsewhere on the Internet. The Career Explorer can help you filter occupations that meet your required characteristics.


The OCCC Library in Newport has a comprehensive section of career materials.


Employment with Oregon Coast Community College