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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?
- Who is eligible to use the Career Center?
- When is the Career Center open?
- What do I do if I’m not sure of my major or career direction?
- Can you help me write a resume?
- Can you help me find a job?
- How do I get Work Study?
- How do I get a job on campus?
- How do I get an Internship?
- What is CalWORKS and how does it relate to the Career Center?
- How do I get the experience an employer wants without getting a job to get the experience?
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 wor
In addition to career and major exploration through Smart Shop Workshops, we assist students in their development of their resumes and cover letters, interview skills and connections to employers.
Any registered Las Positas College students, alumni and prospective students are eligible to visit and see the Career Center Coordinator by appointment. Please call our office at (925) 424-1423.
The Career Center is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:00am-5:00pm, Tuesday 9:00am-7:00pm and Friday 9:00am-1:00pm.
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. 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 Career Center.
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.
We can help you in your job or internship search. Visit the Las Positas College Internship & Job Board, create a profile, upload a resume and search for local and national openings.
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.
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.
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 Las Positas College Internship & Job Board, 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 Career Center for advice on developing a strong resume)
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.
How do I get experience without getting a job first?
It is the ultimate paradox of a college student. The answer is to get an internship. It’s the best way to get experience before you look for your first full-time job. Summer internships are most popular, but companies host student interns all year. Talk to your professors. Then check out the opportunities on the Las Positas College Internship & Job Board.