Career Exploration

Career Assessments & Career Coaching​

The DMACC Career Center provides services to help you explore career options and academic programs. We will help you access free career assessments that can help identify occupations that uniquely fit your interests, abilities, and values and provide individual Career Coaching services to support you as you research areas of interest online and “in the real world” through informational interviews and job shadowing. Looking to jumpstart your career exploration journey? Our services include:

  • Workshops: Sign up to attend one of our Career Exploration Workshops at the Ankeny campus to complete ACT Profile’s career assessments and get help setting up a Career Coaching appointment with our staff.
    Calendar of upcoming workshops.
  • Assessments “On Your Own”: Complete ACT Profile’s career assessments online “on your own”, then schedule a follow-up appointment with a member of our staff for help reviewing and researching your results.
    ACT Profile Instructions
  • Individual Career Coaching: Not sure if career assessments are right for you or where to start? No problem! Schedule a Career Coaching appointment with a member of our staff for assistance.
To sign up for a workshop or make a Career Coaching appointment, please call 515-964-6200 (then dial 0). Our operators are available Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to help you make an appointment. Want to reach out to us directly with a question or concern? Contact us at 515-964-6463 or careers@dmacc.edu.  

 

SDV 130: Career Exploration

Exploring students might consider enrolling in SDV 130: Career Exploration, an elective 1-credit course which helps students learn how to access labor market information, set career-related goals and make well-informed decisions, and explore their interests, abilities, and values through career assessments. If you have questions about how this course might relate to your program’s requirements, consult with your Academic Advisor.

Career Exploration Resources

  • ACT Profile – Create an account on this site to complete free career assessments that will help you identify and learn more about majors and occupations that may fit your interests, skills, and values.
  • Career Coach – Learn about DMACC programs and related occupations on this website custom-built for our college.
  • CareerOneStop – Explore career profiles and access training and job search resources on this website from the U.S. Department of Labor.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook – Access detailed occupational profiles on this Bureau of Labor Statistics website, including information about salaries, projected job openings, required training, etc.