To find print materials available in our library about careers, search the Kennedy Library's Online Catalog with the term "vocational guidance."
Looking for a job now or soon? Scroll to the bottom of this page for advice and information.
California Career Center helps with career decisions, your path to high school graduation (A-G, dealing with challenges, etc), choosing your college, apprenticeship, or other post secondary education path, and more.
California Reality Check(now called Make Money Choices) lets you see how much it will cost to live in California's different metropolitan areas, tells you how much you need to make per year (salary) to live your desired lifestyle, then lets you browse career fields that will provide that pay. Get ready to have your eyes opened!
BLS Career Exploration for Young Adults lets you research careers by interest. If you found the amount of careers listed on the BLS website above overwhelming, try this website. Just keep in mind that while this career exploration site might show four or five options for an interest area, there are actually hundreds of career fields for each interest area.
The Career Project has interviewed professionals in hundreds of career fields. This website displays their interviews so you can see what actual people have to say about their jobs.
O*Net Online provides bulletted descriptions of careers (as opposed to descriptions in paragraph form). If you have a RIASEC score from a career aptitude test, you can use it to search for careers that fit your score. The Advanced Search lets you search careers by interests, skills, work activities or values, etc... You can even search careers by the tool of technology you want to use.
Shmoop Careers offers often amusing and sometimes brutally honest descriptions of careers. Once you look up a career, use the tabs on the left side of the page to find out more about that career. For example, does your chosen career have the potential for danger? Will your career help you achieve fame and glory? What will you day as a _______ be like? What's the chance of actually getting a job in this field? It's all there.
CareerOneStop from the U.S. Department of Labor: Employment and Training Administration provides many career research tools in one place. Here you can not only research careers, but look for actual jobs, take aptitude tests, and research education needed and colleges that provide training. They also have sections on writing resumes and job services in your area for further assistance. If you know someone who has lost his or her job, this is a great resource for them too. If you sign up for an online account with one of their services, make sure to write down your password for future use.
Military Careers This website is the official U.S. site for all military branches. You can look up careers available in the military, but be aware that some career fields might only be available in certain branches of the military (Airforce, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, or Navy). After each career name, you will see the word "enlisted" or "officer." Officers typically have a Bachelor's degree (4 year degree from college) or greater while Enlisted personnel can enter the military with a High School diploma. Many officer positions have similar enlisted positions as the officer often manages enlisted personnel in a setting. If a career field says "officer," scroll down or up a bit as you might find the enlisted option right below or right above.
Some 2 Year Degrees Pay off Better Than BAs from CNN Money discusses a few career fields that only require an AA or Certificate that initially pay higher than some careers that require a BA/BS. Notice that the article does say that in the long term, employees with BA/BSs still end up making more money.
College Majors 101 lets you search for colleges by major/career interest area. Choose your area of interest, then click on the Accredited Schools tab to see a full list of accredited colleges for your chosen major. Getting ready to apply for college? Fill out a profile and have colleges send you information about their programs. This website is not directly affiliated with any colleges so if a college does not send you information, don't give up on it. You should still contact colleges of interest directly.
30 Smartest Celebrities in Hollywood describes 30 celebrities with multiple college degrees and some with very high IQs (one famous celeb's IQ is higher than Stephen Hawking's!). You might get some ideas for colleges from this otherwise entertaining list.
Gap Year Programs & Post High School Job Skills Training
Why More High School Seniors Need to... Take a Gap Year article from the Washington Post. Considering taking a year off before college? How about scheduling a year of growth opportunities that can help you discover what you want to do with your life? This article provides some ideas and food for thought.
10 Life-Changing Ways to Spend a Gap Year from Seventeen magazine. Click on the blue titles for more info on each topic. The programs linked in this article are just a small selection of possible programs out there.
California Conservation Corps (CCC) is a program in which young adults 18 to 25 years old can spend a year working on various outdoor projects, most of which help the environment, and responding to emergencies during natural disasters (Corpsmembers often help fire crews on wildfires). Corpsmembers can live on center or at home and earn minimum wage and health benefits. Corpsmembers are trained for the jobs they do and can also finish their High School Diploma if needed. Click on the FAQ page for all the info.
Job Corps is a residential career training program for low income youth 16 to 24 years old offered by the U.S. Department of Labor. Students spend 2 years learning skills needed to get and keep a job from a large selection of career paths. Different Job Corps locations offer different career training options, but most include Culinary, Medical Assistant or Secretary, Carpentry, Welding, Dental Assistant, various Automotive careers, Landscape Maintenance, plus many more. Students live at the center and earn a small wage. Students are not required to go to their local Job Corps and can apply to some centers in other locations. Some locations have High School or GED education for students who have not yet earned a diploma.
Year Upis a one-year career training program for low income 18 to 24 year olds in the San Francisco Bay Area and other metropolitan areas. Students spend 6 months learning technical skills and professional and communication skills then another 6 months as an intern in a corporate setting.
Career Aptitude Tests
Naviance provides the career aptitude test you took in 9th grade. As you gain new skills and interests through your high school career, you should retake the test to see more careers that might interest you. In the field that asks for your email, type in your student ID number instead. The password will be the one you set in 9th grade. If you do not remember your password, go to the Career/College Center to have it reset.