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 Focus 2 Career Planning System

Get started in your educational and career planning with Focus 2!

Focus 2 is an online, self-guided career-planning tool that can help you:   

Start Thinking about your career –  Career Readiness
- Think about your career and educational goals
- Identify your academic strengths
- Examine your career planning status and personal development needs

Learn something about yourself – Self Assessment
- Consider who you are: your work interests, skills, values, personality and leisure interests 
- Research any career – Explore the possibilities
- Search careers by occupation and industry
- Explore “What can you do with a major in…at Catawba Valley Community College?”
- Explore occupations associated with any major area of study

Create an action plan – Create a plan to achieve your objectives
- Build your action plan

Tie it all together
- Create your career portfolio

Connect yourself to resources
- Connect to recommended tools and websites


 How do I get started on Focus 2?

New Users

  1. Create a new account using the CVCC access code: red hawks.
  2. When you initially register to use Focus 2, you will create a User Name and password.
  3. Please write down this information and remember the login information for future use.

» Career Planning Portal Registration

Returning Users

  1. Log in using your User Name and password.
  2. Once you are logged in, begin with the Career Readiness section and continue completing each section until you complete the Personal Portfolio section. Make sure to save your progress before you exit.
  3. Print your completed portfolio/report and schedule an appointment with the Career Counselor to discuss your results and your career plans. 

» Career Planning Portal login

 To schedule a career counseling appointment, please contact the Career Center at 828-327-7000, 4690 or email   



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