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: 

NEW Focus 2 Career Assessments

Focus 2 Career includes five free career assessments to help you learn about occupations and majors that fit your unique interests, abilities, values, and personality. After taking your assessments, make a career coaching appointment to review your results and plan your next-steps with a Career Center staff member.
When creating your Focus 2 Career account, use the access code: DMACCBEARS.
PDFFocus 2 Career Instructions & Worksheets (includes link to Focus 2 Portal)

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 schedule a Career Coaching appointment, visit Sara Clayton’s or Kara Donovan’s online calendars below:​

Want to reach out to us directly with a question or concern? Contact us at 515-964-6463 or

Additional Career Exploration Resources​

  • 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.
  • Career Videos​ - Learn about hundreds of occupations through these brief videos created by the Department of Labor.

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.