The Career Development Journey

Watch this overview of the six areas of career development.

Career Road Map

Wherever you may be in your career journey – starting to look or ready to apply – the steps and resources below can help you chart your course.


Identify Your Qualities

Recognizing your interests, personality, skills, strengths and values is an important first step in your career development journey. Your career should align with your interests and personality.

  • Focus 2: Register for Focus 2 using the access code EAGLESLA.
  • Career Advising:  Email [email protected] or call 323-343-3237 to schedule an appointment.

Explore Your Options

Once you know more about yourself, you can identify potential career titles, industries and occupational areas that fit your strengths and skills. Consider more than one career path. Remember, your academic major opens the doors to many paths. 

Grow Your Network

Networking is about building relationships and community. It involves sharing your story and goals with people who have similar professional interests. Your network can point you to career opportunities, offer advice and support. 

Use our resources to learn more about networking, conversations starters and where to network.

Gain Experience

There are many opportunities for you to learn about careers that interest you and develop skills and experiences that appeal to employers. Take advantage of these opportunities on and off campus.

Prepare to Apply

Résumés and cover letters are your personal marketing materials. They not only show that you’re qualified for a job, they also let employers know who you are and how you can contribute to their organization.

A good interview can help propel you further in the selection process.  Use our resources to prepare:

Apply for Positions

When searching for a job, it’s important to use multiple strategies to maximize your opportunities. This includes networking and going to career fairs, employer information sessions and other career events. Learn more about job search strategies below.


We offer workshops each semester that address career exploration, networking and many of the topics related to the career development journey. Look for them and sign up on Cal State LA Handshake.

Career Advising

You can also talk one-on-one with a career advisor to explore and put it all together.  We administer informal and formal self-assessments as needed. Contact us at [email protected] or 323-343-3237 to schedule an appointment.