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Frequently Asked Questions

Though everyone’s career exploration is different, we often hear some of the same questions from students and alumni. Here are a few frequently asked questions and a bit of direction for you.

Why should I visit the Career Center?

Only the very lucky few know just exactly what they want to do and how they are going to go about getting it. Most people could use a little help when they are discovering careers and seeking work.

Through the partnership with the Tri-Valley One-Stop and the Counseling Department, The College supports students and alumni as they explore and develop their career goals, helping them transition from an academic setting to the world of employment. In addition to career and major exploration, we assist students in their development of their resumes and cover letters; perfecting interview skills; coaching in networking and informational interviews; and connections to employers.

Who is eligible to use the Career Center?

The Counseling Department serves registered Las Positas College students. The Tri-Valley One-Stop Career Center serves students, alumni and the general public.

When is the Career Center open?

At the moment, the College’s actual Career Center office is not staffed. We realize, however that the services are critical. Students and alumni can receive services directly from the Counseling Department and the Tri-Valley One-Stop Career Center.

What do I do if I’m not sure of my major or career direction?

It is not uncommon to enter college without a clear idea of your goals or direction. Not everyone knows what they want to do early in life. Interests change and college has a way of opening your mind to new ideas and directions. That’s ok. We suggest you take a variety of classes that you find interesting but will still keep you on track for graduation. We also suggest that you take a self-assessment to see what kind of occupations and careers match your interests and your personality. Find out more at our Career & Self-Assessment and Online Resource areas, then make an appointment in the Counseling Department or at the Tri-Valley One-Stop Career Center.

Can you help me write a resume?

Yes, we can help. We have workshops, tip sheets and staff who are ready and willing to coach you on developing your resume. Whether you are starting from scratch, or need someone to look over an existing resume, we can help. Contact the Tri-Valley One-Stop for more information: 925-560-9431.

Can you give me a job?

Occasionally, the Las Positas College Counseling Department or Tri-Valley One-Stop do hire student workers. We can, however, help you in your job or internship search.

How do I get Work Study?

Federal Work Study (FWS) awards are part of your Federal Financial Aid package. You need to apply and be awarded Work Study through the Financial Aid Office. The total a student may earn depends on the student's unmet financial need and the amount of the FWS award the student is offered, which is determined by the Financial Aid Office. FWS jobs on-campus allow students to work in-between their classes, and offer excellent opportunities for work experience, sometimes in the student's academic field. Contact the Financial Aid office for more information and available Work Study positons.

How do I get a job on campus?

Most student jobs on campus are Work Study jobs. There are some positions that are funded directly from the department. If you are interested in working in a particular office, ask them if they are hiring students.

Non-student employment on campus is coordinated through the Chabot-Las Positas College Community College District office. Visit their website for the most current position openings.

How do I get an Internship?

Internships are an opportunity for you to try out an occupation. With an internship, you earn that critical experience that employers are looking for in new employees. There are many companies and organizations looking for paid interns both during the school year and the summer. Check out College Central Network, where those employers post their positions. You also should post your resume there so employers can view it when searching for potential interns. (Visit the Tri-Valley One-Stop for advice on developing a strong resume)

What is CalWORKS and how does it relate to the Career Center?

California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) Program is the state's public assistance program that provides temporary assistance to families with children. The Las Positas College CalWORKs program serves CalWORKs students and their families by providing educational and career opportunities combined with an array of high-quality support services that enable CalWORKs students to complete their educational goals, find meaningful employment, and successfully transition into the workforce. Visit the College’s CalWORKS website to learn more.

What’s WorkAbility III?

The Las Positas College Disability Resource Center administers the WorkAbility III program. It is an employment program providing supported employment services to disabled students who are referred by the California Department of Rehabilitation. The spectrum of work-related placement varies according to the individual needs of the student. Visit the College’s Disability Resource Center website for more information.

How do I know what jobs are growing in the future?

The employment arena is constantly changing. Today, there are jobs we never dreamed of in the past – as well as jobs that have disappeared. It’s important that you plan ahead and look forward when planning your future. Investigate future trends, know what occupations have a bright future and the trends of our local, regional or national economies. Visit the Industries and Occupational Data page within this website for more links and information.

How do I get the experience an employer wants without getting a job to get the experience?

It is the ultimate paradox of a college student – how to get experience without getting a job first. The answer is to get an internship. It’s the best way to get experience before you look for your first “real” job. Summer internships are most popular, but companies host student interns all year. Talk to your professors. Then check out the opportunities on the College Central Network. Visit the Tri-Valley One-Stop’s website or participate in a workshop for help with your resume.