Getting Hands-on Experience
Now that you have researched your career and self-reflected, use the following resources to help you get hands-on experience, and the inside scoop on careers of interest to you.
Informational Interviews - typically a face-to-face meeting with a person working in a position you are interested in.
Job Shadow - allows you to explore a career by observing or "shadowing" a professional in the field, learning about their work environment and what a typical day looks like.
Service Learning - Get extra credit for your class for volunteering in a related field.
Cooperative Education - Students who are enrolled at Los Angeles Valley College and are employed either full or part time (paid or volunteer status) to a job related to their declared major, or related field, may enroll in the Cooperative Education Program and earn up to 4 units of transferable credit per semester. Earn up to 3 units of transferable credit if your job is unrelated to your major.
Internships - These short-term paid or unpaid experiences allow you to learn about the day-to-day functions of a particular position or department and gain work experience to add to your resume. Internships also afford interns the opportunity to experience a line of work before they've fully committed to a career path.