Career Services

Are you looking for a new career or a better career?  Do you need direction or guidance to explore your options?

Come speak to our career coaches about developing new skills, career pathways in your current field or another field, and your training options at NMSU Doña Ana Community College’s non-credit and other programs.

What is a good career for me?

Step 1: Know yourself.

Career assessments and interest surveys can help narrow down your options, as can taking classes and thinking about your strengths, likes, and dislikes.  After you complete an assessment or interest survey, make an appoint to discuss your results with a career counselor.

Step 2: Know what is available.

Look at the current job market and labor information to know what are fastest growing careers and jobs.  Talk with your instructors and advisors or professionals in the field.

New Mexico Workforce Connection has information on current job trends in our region.

Talk to professionals in the field or explore careers online:

  • Job Shadow has interviews with various professionals.
  • Candid Career has videos of professionals speaking about their work.
  • CareerOneStop has online videos profiling many, many jobs and careers.

Job shadowing:  Request to visit a business or office in your field for a few days.  Spend time with people in your career area. If you need help networking, please contact Bertha Cordova-VanMatre, Career Services Internship Coordinator, 575-527-7776

Informational Interviewing: an informational interview is an informal, structured conversation with an individual in your target career, where you can ask them about the work, how they entered the field, and other questions you have about the field.  Find more information about informational interviews here at CareerOneStop

Step 3: Speak with a career counselor.

Make an appointment to discuss your search or assessment results and your options.

Call our office at 575-527-7776 or email daccplac@nmsu.edu

How can I find a job while in school?

Workstudy and Regular Student Employment

Workstudy and Regular Student Employment at DACC and NMSU

Work study is a federal program that helps provide part-time jobs for students attending college or university with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay for educational expenses. This program is available to part-time or full-time students in undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools. It is administered by schools who participate in the Federal Work-Study program.

View current workstudy positions...

DACC and NMSU offer a range of part-time positions for regular student employment.

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AggieCAREER Manager

AggieCAREER Manager account provides you with access to view and apply to job postings, submit a resume for pre-select, and schedule interviews with nationwide employers participating in the On-Campus Interview Schedule Program, as well as RSVP for Career/Job Fairs and Workshops*.

AggieCAREER Manager LOGIN

AggieCAREER Manager HELP GUIDE

*NMSU main campus

How can I be better prepared for a career?

Critical Skills

Employers and Higher Education professionals have defined eight skills that career ready college graduates have:

  1. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  2. Oral and Written Communications
  3. Teamwork and Collaboration
  4. Digital Technology
  5. Leadership
  6. Professionalism and Work Ethic
  7. Career Management
  8. Global and Intercultural Fluency

How proficient are you in these skills?  What have your experiences and courses at DACC taught you in these areas?  Did you complete group projects where you demonstrated leadership skills or gained experience in collaborating and teamwork?  What is your work ethic?  What is your level of proficiency in various computer applications and technology?

For assistance in defining and assessing your skills, please contact a career counselor in our office via email daccplac@nmsu.edu or phone 575-527-7776.

Career Services also offers online and face-to-face workshops to enhance your career readiness skills.

How can I get more experience in my field?

Internships and Co-ops

Internships and co-operative experiences (co-ops) provide opportunities for Doña Ana Community College students to gain valuable work experience before completing their degrees or certificates.  Internships and co-ops are a structured experience that help students become immersed in their professional work field before graduation.

Our mission is to provide DACC students with the necessary tools to have the best work-based learning experience for enhancing their academic and personal growth.

Internships and Co-ops can be:

  • For credit or a non-credit experience,
  • Paid, unpaid, full time, or part time,
  • Local or world-wide,

Benefits for you:

  • You will have the opportunity to enhance your academic knowledge and personal development,
  • You will have a mentor and supervisor at the work site.
  • You will develop professional networking for mentors and referrals.

If you need more information, contact the Co-op and Internship Coordinator at Career Services located at 2345 Nevada Ave. Las Cruces, NM or by phone at (575) 527-7776.

I am going to graduate. What should I do?

Job Search and Application

Job Searches

Job Application Documents

  • Résumé
  • Cover Letters
  • Personal Statements or Portfolios
  • Mock Interviews and Interview Tips
  • Linked In profile
  • Next steps in Education or Work

Financial Aid & Assistance

Financial aid and assistance may be available if you are unemployed, a veteran or military spouse, or if you have a disability.  Educational loans are also available from many local banks.  Please contact WDCR to set up an appointment for more information, 575-527-7776 or ctp@nmsu.edu.