About The Career Center

The Cuyamaca College Career Center is a partnership between Student Services and Instruction. We provide career and employment guidance and counseling to students, alumni and community members. Some of our free services include career counseling, professional development workshops, job search assistance, career resources, job fairs and much more.

Mission Statement

Career Center Team

Career Education




Career Counseling

Meet with Lena Heckbert, our Career Counselor, who provides expert guidance on choosing a major, creating a career-action plan, conducting career research, and setting career goals for students. Discuss with Lena your career aspirations and get assistance in determining the right courses for your education plan. Not sure if a career counseling session is what you need? Explore the options below for guidance, and if you don't find an exact fit, no problem—schedule an appointment, and we'll ensure you receive the support you need here at the Career Center.


Common Appointment Types:

  • Are you looking for support in declaring a major you're confident in? 
  • Have you taken coursework related to a major of interest? 
  • Do you find it challenging to articulate hobbies, values, or subjects that capture your attention? 
  • Do you have a major declared and enjoy the coursework but are wondering what careers connect to that major? 
  • Are you enjoying certain courses or other parts of your major but still have doubts whether it's the best fit? 
  • Are more than at least one semester of coursework related to your major have you decided you want a change, but unsure what that looks like? 
  • Are you excited about your major and looking for additional challenges? 
  • Do you still have some questions about future career choices and are looking for intentional activities to learn more? 
  • Are you thinking about how you can prepare today to help you get closer to some of your long term goals? 

Schedule a Career Counseling Appointment:

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Schedule a one on one appointment with a Career Counselor.

Schedule an Appointment


Items to discuss with a Career Counselor include: 

  • Career research, guidance, and academic counseling
  • Choosing a major to match a career
  • Goal Setting
  • Career assessments and interpretations to help choose a major
  • Exploring career resources

    *To make an appointment, you will need your student ID# and date of birth.

Schedule a Virtual Counseling Appointment with any available counselor

Schedule your 1-hour Virtual Appointment with any available counselor.

If you are unable to find a suitable appointment time with our Career Counselor try connecting with a counselor in General Counseling 


Items to discuss with a Counselor include: 

  •  Career research, guidance, and academic counseling
  •   Choosing a major to match a career
  •   Career assessments and interpretations to help choose a major
  •   Exploring career resources

    *To make an appointment, you will need your student ID# and date of birth.

    Appointments are done virtually at this time.*

For more information on specific services, select a topic below:

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Job Placement Assistance

The Career Center offers job placement support for Cuyamaca College students and alumni through:

  • Individual career coaching

  • Your job and career search
  • Networking skills

  • Resume and cover letter reviews

  • Interviewing techniques

  • Developing 21st Century Skills.

For more information, visit the Job Placement web page or contact 


Job Board for Employers and Students

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Activate your Handshake Student Account today and find your next job! 

Workshops and Events

Workshops and Events


The Cuyamaca Career Center hosts numerous workshops and events to help students better for seeking, interviewing, and landing their next role. All workshops and events can be found and registered for on Handshake. 


Workshop topics include:

  • Optimizing Your LinkedIn Profile

  • Interview Skills and Professional Communication

  • Personal Branding and Networking

  • Resume and Cover Letter Preparation

Career Fairs

Our Career Center hosts multiple fairs throughout the school year, providing students and employers with a more intimate and accessible way to connect. Our fairs offer: 


  1. Personal Connections: Connect with potential employers in a more personal setting.

  2. Diverse Opportunities: Explore a variety of employment options, including permanent positions, part-time work, and opportunities for post-college career exploration.

  3. Tailored Experience: Our smaller fairs ensure a focused and tailored experience, allowing you to make the most of your time and interactions.

Whether you're seeking permanent employment, part-time work, or simply want to explore potential career paths, our tailored career Fairs are designed to meet your unique needs.


If you are a student who wants more information about our next career fair, check out our upcoming career fairs directly on Handshake!


If you are an employer who wants to participate in an upcoming fair, please contact our Job Placement Case Manager, Malena Medrano at Malena.Medrano@gcccd.edu


Career Exploration Resources and Volunteer Opportunities

Free Career Resources:

Career Exploration & Research

Career Coach

Browse careers, programs or take a career assessment to discover San Diego and Imperial County-based career paths that match your interest. Search results will include occupations, wage information, and related training's.


What Can I Do With This Major

Navigate your academic journey with confidence using the What Can I Do With This Major platform featuring 100 major profiles. Gain insights into potential career paths, discover the types of employers hiring in your field, and uncover strategies to maximize your opportunities. Use WCIDWTM as your roadmap to make informed decisions and discover exciting possibilities.


My Next Move

This is a FREE Government site with no passwords required. Discover what your interests are by completing an interest assessment and how they relate to the world of work. This site is also available in Spanish. My Next Move also offers a version tailored to Veterans


California Career Zone

Discover and identify your interests, skills, work values, and match careers based on your individual financial needs. Research various occupations and how to pursue it!


Roadtrip Nation

Learn from video game designers to lawyers, sports journalists to STEM professionals, and everything in between. These stories form the basis of Roadtrip Nation's career exploration products—including an educational curriculum, personalized online tools, video content, bestselling books, and live events. Together, these tools create a diverse and relevant collection of resources showing young people the vast scope of careers and possibilities.



ONET is your go-to resource for occupational insights. Imagine a comprehensive database continuously updated through surveys with workers across various fields – that's ONET! O*NET OnLine is an interactive platform tailored to help you explore and search for potential careers. 


The Occupational Outlook Handbook

Learn about information on career outlook and salary. Click on the occupation field you are interested in and you will find a description of the career, educational requirements, salary and outlook. Figures on salary and outlook are national figures. 



Learn about local community college programs within San Diego County, related career pathways, and salaries.



Career Guides

GoGovernment- Federal Jobs

This is not a government-run site but it does have the information about federal jobs and internships that are currently available, and career guides.


Check out these local 4-year University Career Guides:


Find out what salary you will earn in your chosen occupation. The salary wizard calculates your salary based on geographical area. Links to job boards are included.





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