Counseling and Career Services

Counseling Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to Counseling's most commonly asked questions.

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What kinds of services and programs are offered by Counseling and Career Services?

Personal/crisis counseling, career services, support success programs, diversity support, and resources/referrals. We also teach the EPY 101 course for college/life skills. View all our services we provide.

Who can use Counseling and Career Services?

Personal counseling services are only available to enrolled students.

Career services and programs are available to current and potential students, alumni, and community members.

What is the difference between a counselor and an advisor?

Counselors assist with:

  • personal counseling
  • emergency/crisis counseling
  • career services
  • career assessments and interpretation
  • instruction in college success through the EPY 101 course
  • academic probation/disqualification
  • diversity support
  • resources and referrals
  • basic educational overview

Advisors assist with:

  • new students
  • class selection
  • transfer procedures (into and out of TMCC)
  • unofficial transcript evaluation
  • graduation requirements
  • educational planning
  • selecting a major
  • credit overload
  • course substitutions and permissions
  • registration holds and test scores

How do I make an appointment to meet with a counselor?

Counseling and Career Services does not offer drop-in sessions (except in the event of a crisis or emergency); an appointment must be made.

Academic Advisement does not offer drop-in advising, so an appointment must be made.

See Also: Making an appointment.

Are counseling services available for online students?

Yes. Counselors can provide general consultation via phone appointments or through the Counseling and Career Services contact page.

See Also: Making an appointment.

What is "academic probation"?

All schools participating in federal and state financial aid programs must have a Financial Aid Academic Progress (FAAP) policy. The policy must be applied to all applicants and recipients of financial aid as a determination of financial aid eligibility. This policy assesses academic progress for classes taken at TMCC and incorporates all transfer credits when evaluating the time frame component.

Counseling provides the Academic Success Kit (ASK) workshop for probation intervention.

Three measures of the policy:

  1. Qualitative Component (GPA): 2.0 or lower
  2. Quantitative Component (Completion Ratio): 67% of classes finished
  3. Time Frame Component (Maximum Number): 90 credits Associates and of Credit Hours Attempted; 45 credits Certificate

See Also: Financial Aid Academic Progress Policy

What is the Early Alert/Progress Report program?

The Early Alert/Progress Report program is a college-wide effort designed to support student learning by identifying and warning students who may be in danger of failing one or more courses.

See the Early Alert/Progress Report Program for more information.

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Where is Counseling and Career Services located?

Career Services is located in the Counseling Center, Red Mountain Building, room 325. Within the Center is the Career Corner where small-group workshops are held for career exploration; users have access to computers and other resources.

What are the days and hours of operation for Counseling and Career Services?

The Counseling Center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding holidays. The Career Corner is available for use during those hours and counselors, by appointment, can meet with individuals regarding career services.

Do I need to be a student at TMCC to use Career Services?

No. Career Services are available to potential students, alumni, and community members, as well as current students.

How do I make an appointment with a Counseling and Career Services counselor regarding careers?

See Making an appointment to schedule an individual or small-group workshop session.

Why is it important to research a potential career?

Did you know that most people spend more time researching their vacations than their careers? Yet your career directly affects your long-term personal happiness and satisfaction. The more you know about yourself and the world of work, the better equipped you are to make an informed decision about what career path to follow. In order to determine whether a career might be a good fit for you, you need to know a little about yourself. This may sound obvious, but often we don't take the time to assess our own skills, interests, personality, or values. Career assessments can help you identify these traits.

Occupational research can inform you about the education/training, working conditions, physical demands, skills and abilities, employment outlook and salary of an occupation you are considering. Once you've found a couple of options, look for opportunities to interview and/or shadow someone in that field. Meet with a counselor about classes at TMCC that can introduce you to a career field of interest. Speak with faculty and other students in that field of study. All of these strategies can help you make an informed and satisfying decision.

What programs does Career Services offer for career exploration?

Using the Career Cycle Wheel, individuals can learn about the process of selecting a career through the six components based on the particular needs of the person. Understanding one's personality, interests, values, skills, and other influences is the core of this process. A variety of career assessments are offered and interpreted; some for free and others for a fee. Once the person does the research, the career counselor can help determine an educational program for a chosen career. Computer/printer access and small-group, mini-workshops are provided in the Career Corner.

Does TMCC offer career assessments?

Yes, there are a variety of assessments offered (both free and for a fee), including:

  • O*NET Interest Profiler through Nevada Career Information System (NCIS). This free assessment matches your personal interests to a variety of occupations. You may complete this at home or in the Career Service Corner. NCIS provides a variety of other assessments that you may find interesting and helpful, including:
    • Reality Check
    • Work Importance Locator
    • Occupation Sort
    • Skills
    • Career Cluster Match
  • MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator). $25. The MBTI can help you identify your personality preferences so that you may better understand yourself. This personality instrument helps indicate your preferred manner of taking in and evaluating information, and it will identify your preferred style of working, decision-making and communicating. If you are interested in taking the MBTI, please contact the Counseling Center to schedule a required pre-assessment appointment.
  • SII (Strong Interest Inventory). $25. The SII is a comprehensive career assessment that matches your interests with various occupational, educational, and leisure pursuits. If you are interested in taking the SII, please contact the Counseling Center to schedule a required pre-assessment appointment.

How should I choose a major?

Choosing a major can be one of the more daunting tasks of college. It is important to remember that choosing a major is not the same as choosing a career, and you are not deciding "the rest of your life." Choosing a major is one of many decisions that may lead to a satisfying career. Many students are undecided about their majors when they enter college, and many who are decided change their minds more than once before they graduate (an average of three times).

When should I speak with a TMCC counselor?

New students: All new degree-seeking students are required to meet with an adviser through a New Student Advisement Workshop.

Continuing students: Advisers are available to you year-round for all of your academic planning questions. Plan to meet with an adviser prior to the start of registration or as early into the registration period as possible.

Transfer students: Students coming to TMCC from other colleges or attending TMCC and planning to enroll in another college or university can see an adviser for assistance.