Personal and Career Counseling

Personal and Career Counseling is provided as a service to MJC students.

The nature of the personal counseling is threefold: developmental, remedial, and preventive. The developmental function enhances student development and facilitates optimal use of MJC's services and resources. Counselors encourage positive and realistic self-appraisal, intellectual development, appropriate personal and career choices, positive interpersonal relationships, and general personal well-being.

The remedial function addresses the students' concerns with personal adjustment and adaptation to college challenges. For example, remedial personal counseling addresses current or long-standing family, economic, relationship, and work pressures which may be impeding academic progress, positive student-professor relationships, lack of self-discipline, poor study habits and/or time management skills, and academic underachievement. 

The preventive aspect of the personal counseling function anticipates and eliminates or minimizes the impact of environmental stressors through various intervention strategies.

Career counseling services involve assisting students to define long and short term career goals and to clarify specifically what is required in order to reach each goal. Discussions may include job descriptions, expected pay, and job outlook information as well as personality types, personal interests and how they are related to career choice. Referrals are often made to our Career Development and Transfer Center. Various assessment tools are available to help students clarify their career goals.

Link to California Colleges Career Exploration

Link to JOBS for Students

The Counseling Division provides developmental, remedial, and preventive personal and career counseling in the following ways:

  • Holistic, individual counseling in the areas of personal, educational, career development, interpersonal relationships, family, and social problems.
  • Classes (for credit) which assist students in such areas as effective study skills, career development, etc.
  • Psychological testing and other assessment measures to foster self-awareness and decision-making.
  • Counseling support to students on academic probation or those seeking academic reinstatement after academic dismissal.
  • Referrals of students with serious personal adjustment problems which require immediate professional attention or long term counseling interventions to outside support services.