Mesa Journeys



What is FOCUS 2?

FOCUS 2 is an online, interactive, self-guided career, major and education planning system. This system is free to use for Mesa College students.


Finding Career Options

FOCUS 2 is used in the second and third step of the Career Assessment and Exploration process listed below:  

Step 1: Online Career Exploration Workshop
  1. Go to
  2. Under Academic & Career Exploration click “Exploring Career & Choosing a Major”
  3. When prompted, type in your First Name and Last Name, then click “Submit”
  4. Click “Click to Launch Workshop” to begin workshop and go through each segment of the workshop.

*If you would like, you can participate in any activities within the workshop or view other workshops. However, they are not required.*


Step 2: Complete Self-Assessments
  1. Create a FOCUS 2 account (contact Career Center for access code)
  2. Fill out the form to create a new account
  3. From the Main Menu (under Self-Assessment) click on and complete the following three assessments:
  • Work Interest Assessment
  • Personality Assessment
  • Values Assessment

4.  After each workshop you will be provided with a list of recommended occupations (job titles). Proceed to Step 3 with these three lists.


Step 3: Online Career Research

Using the three lists of occupations from your self-assessments, begin to research and explore occupations that interest you, especially occupations that you are not familiar with. Below are recommendations of information you should research within FOCUS 2.

  • Description of the Occupation
  • Duties/Tasks/Responsibilities
  • Salary/Wage Information
  • Similar Occupations
  • Required Major
  • What Schools Offer the Required Major
  • Required Level of Education (i.e. associate degree, bachelors degree, etc.)
Other Online Career Research Websites:
    • View national and state (including CA) occupational information & statistics. Click “Browse Occupations” to begin researching.
    • California Occupational Guides! Info & statistics on occupations in California. Breaks up information by California county.
    • California Community College Virtual Career Center: explore career pathways, professional associations and career tips.
Step 4: Your Next Steps
  • If you have found the career for you see an academic counselor to discuss your educational and career plans.


  • If you are still unsure or still feel lost about which career to choose: please visit the Career Center to discuss your next step. To assist the staff in determining your next steps, please bring with you the following to the Career Center:
    • The three lists of occupations
    • Some of the research you completed


Using FOCUS 2

FOCUS 2 can additionally be used for Major Exploration, Job Search and creating an action plan and portfolio.

Presentation: How to use FOCUS 2.


Accessing FOCUS 2 

Login (if you already have an account):


Create a FOCUS 2 account here

Please contact the Career Center by phone or in person for the college access code.

Presentation: How to create an account and use FOCUS 2.