Career Exploration

Not sure of your major? We can help!

 Virtual Job Shadow

Virtual Job Shadow is an online program which empowers students and job seekers to easily search for career choices by experiencing unlimited job shadowing visits across the spectrum of Career Clusters. The camera crews go behind the scenes with real professionals in actual jobs and provide an in-depth look at workforce realities, showcasing what people do in their occupations and the education and skills needed.  There is no better way to relate school subjects to the world beyond the classroom than Virtual Job Shadow!

Schedule an Appointment

Meet with our career counselor or one of our qualified career coaches to get one-on-one help with mapping out your career & academic path. There are 4 easy ways to schedule an appointment:

1) Log into FutureLink and request an appointment - Look to the left and click Counseling Appointment then Request New Appointment.

2) Email us at careerservices@tcc.fl.edu 

3) Call (850) 201-9970

Online Resources

 

Vita Navis - Superstrong Assessment

The Vita Navis platform is an academic planning and career readiness solution dedicated to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to consider all of their possibilities in the world of work.  TCC Students can access the assesment here.

FutureLink - Career Planning Tool & More

FutureLink gives you access to TCC’s online job, internship & job shadowing board & much more. Register with FutureLink​ to access a variety of career-planning services. Watch this short, 1 min. video on FutureLink. 

Occupational Outlook Handbook - Career Information 

The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.

Additional Resources

Student ePortfolio

TCC Student ePortfolio

Collect | Reflect | Showcase

An ePortfolio is a personal portfolio tool for storing, organizing, reflecting on and sharing items that represent your learning and achievement. You can include items such as documents, graphics, audio files, videos, presentations, course work, certifications, professional development, internships and your résumé to demonstrate your improvement or mastery in certain areas or attainment of skills.
 
You can control what items you want to include in your ePortfolio, how they are organized, and who you want to share them with. You can use your ePortfolio in many different ways – for University admissions acceptance, internship opportunities, employment, scholarships, reflection and expressing creativity – just to name a few.
 
In building your ePortfolio, there are 4 different platforms to choose from below.  It is up to you which one you use. Keep in mind, most platforms refer to an ePortfolio as a website or “site”. So, in a sense, you are building your own website. You will see links on How to Get Started and for the platform Help Centers below.
Please review terms and conditions of the platform you use.

Wix.com*

WordPress.com*

Jimdo.com*

STUDENT ePORTFOLIO EXAMPLES

TCC student Katie Register, now TCC alumna, created her ePortfolio using Wix. View her portfolio.
TCC student Brooke Keeports created her ePortfolio using Wix.  View her portfolio.
 
Here are a few more exemplaryTCCstudentePortfolio examples-
*TIPS & WARNINGS 
  • TCC does NOT require you to purchase any software, please use the free version.
  • We recommend using Chrome, Safari, or Firefox for building any of the ePortfolio platforms.
  • Tallahassee Community College is not responsible for any content added or shared in student ePortfolios. 
  • Any information you post is public information. Be mindful with the information you choose to display.
  • Make sure you know and understand the terms and conditions of the platform prior to use.

EagleShadow Program 

What better way to explore career fields than a real-world, job shadowing experience?

The EagleShadow Program connects students with employers, community partners, alumni, and friends of TCC for one-day job shadowing experience. This program allows students to observe full-time professionals on-the-job, experience a typical workday, explore a variety of career fields and get a sneak peek into their future industry!

Though generally not for credit or pay, job shadowing provides many benefits. Participation in job shadowing can:

  • Help clarify career and professional goals
  • Connect classroom learning to real-world application
  • Allow for exploration of a wide variety of career fields & industries 
  • Practice professional networking and make contacts, which may make finding and acquiring future internships or full-time opportunities easier

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact us at eagleshadow@tcc.fl.edu or (850) 201-9970. 

We no longer place students into clinical healthcare job shadowing opportunities.  
For additional assistance, visit the Students page on our website. 
Thank you for your understanding!

Build Wealth Not Debt

Financial Freedom

“Debt is the slavery of the free.”
-Publilius Syrus

 

THE SOBERING STATS ON THE STUDENT LOAN CRISIS

  • At this point, national student loan debt has way exceeded credit card debt—by over $1 trillion!
  • Student loan debt has seen almost 157% growth since the Great Recession and is the fastest-growing portion of the total household debt in the U.S.
  • There are currently about 44 million student loan borrowers in this country.
  • 65% of college seniors who graduated from nonprofit colleges in 2017 had student loan debt.
  • We’re seeing an average of $35,000 in student loan debt per student at the time of graduation.
  • As of 2018, roughly 1 out of 10 people with student loans were late with (or completely missed) their payments. That’s the highest 90+-day delinquency rate of all household debt—outranking auto loans, credit card debt and mortgages!

Still breathing after reading those facts? Good. Because we’re not done breaking down just how crazy student loans really are.

 

THE TRUE COST OF YOUR STUDENT LOAN PAYMENTS

There’s a reason why lenders make it pretty easy and painless to take out a loan. They know people (especially high school and college-age people) just want to take the next step in their lives and will be drawn to the fact that student loans make college seem affordable and accessible. But really, the cost of the loan is so much more than meets the eye.

Picture it: You’re young, so you take out student loans to major in something you’re passionate about. You’re hopeful about the future—and then you have to make payments for up to 30 years, depending on your repayment plan.

That’s a lot of life to spend being weighed down by debt.

 

HOW ARE MONTHLY PAYMENTS CALCULATED?

First of all, it’s worth noting that monthly student loan payments usually range between 5–15% of graduates’ income after they enter the workforce.  (Gotta love a monthly reminder that the money you’re making isn’t really yours, right?)

The amount of the monthly payment varies based on the amount borrowed and the interest rate. Average interest rate really just depends on the type of loan and the first disbursement date of the loan. (That’s the date the borrower can start getting the loan money.) Interest rates can range from 5.05–7.6%.

So, for example, if a student borrowed $40,000 with a 6% interest rate, they’d have to make 10 years of monthly payments at $444 per month. And let’s hope they have a great job lined up right after getting that diploma because the recommended yearly salary for making manageable payments at that rate is about $66,000.

But what would happen if those payments didn’t exist? What could that money do? The typical monthly student loan payment is between $200 and $300. So, say a 21-year-old graduate started investing $250 per month with a 10% return instead of putting that money toward a payment.  They’d have $2,612,924 by the time they retire at the age of 67. Just for fun, let’s say that same student invested $444 per month with a 10% return. By age 67, they’d wind up with $4,640,554!

FinLit

Written by Anthony Oneal - https://www.anthonyoneal.com/articles/student-loan-crisis -© 2019 Lampo Licensing, LLC. All rights reserved

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As a Military Member or Veteran, you may not have learned to combat debt in order to have financial wellness.
Most have no personal financial training or education prior to entering the military. The genesis of this problem occurs because most military personnel received no financial teaching by their parents (and many of their parents are in bad financial shape as well).  Very few high schools teach personal financial management–currently less than five states have mandatory comprehensive personal finance classes. Basic military training has 1.5 hours of personal financial training, and according to a Military Times survey, 75% of respondents indicated either they didn't remember it or felt that it was so boring that they couldn't stay awake.

Access the VA website for additional, great resources.

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Parents

Parents

Raising Smart Kids

Little eyes are watching you. If you’re slapping down the plastic credit every time you go out to dinner or to the grocery store, they will eventually notice. Also, if at the end of every month, you and your spouse are arguing about money, they’ll notice. Set healthy examples for your kids, and they’ll be much more likely to follow it when they get older.

Watch No Entitled Kids Here

Find Fun Ways to Teach You Kids About Money with Lauchpad - this website is AWESOME!

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