The Counseling and Career Center provides guidance to students who are trying to choose a program of study or a career. We are here to help whether you are a new student considering Gaston College for the first time, an undecided student just starting out, a current student changing directions, or a transfer student trying to plan for the future. Choosing your career path is a major life decision, and we are here to help.

Career Counseling

What Is Career Counseling?

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Career Counseling is the opportunity for you to meet with a counselor or advisor in a one-on-one appointment. The appointment lasts approximately 50 minutes, and we may discuss your:

  • Interests (what you like or what interests you)
  • Skills (what you can do or could learn to do well)
  • Values (what matters to you)
  • Personality (what you are like)
  • Past experiences (what you have liked or disliked in the past)
  • Option of majors or careers that you may not have considered before
  • Methods for learning about new careers
  • Concerns or difficulties with making a decision

As homework, we may give you a career assessment to help us identify any or all of these characteristics. When we can see these qualities clearly, it is easier for us both to see what a “good fit” could look like for you.

Career Assessments

Career assessments are a way to help you learn more about who you are and what you could want in a career. Career assessments meant to help create options; not take them away. While they are helpful, the career you choose is your decision to make and it is only a part of making a good career decision.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) – Learn more about your personality “type”, how to utilize your strengths, manage your weaknesses, and choose a career that best fits you. Taking this assessment is a two-step process:

Step 1. Complete the assessment online at this link.

Step 2. Call our Career Counselor at 704-922-6221 to set an appointment. An appointment is required to have your scores interpreted. Appointments generally last for one hour.

FOCUS 2 – Directions (pdf) An online system to develop a career plan, complete career assessments, and research careers that may interest you. Current students can register on their own using the directions. Prospective students will need to contact the Counseling Center to gain access. You will be able to review the results of this assessment immediately. We recommend making an appointment to discuss your results but do not require it.

College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) Career Assessments
Take assessments to find out what your career values, interests, skills, and abilities are. Create an account for free to save your results and track careers that interest you.

Click Here and get started now with a career counselor!