Career Exploration

Career Exploration

Discover is a Research-based assessments of career-relevant interests, abilities, and job values help individuals consider career options that are a good match for them. ACT’s World-of-Work Map organizes occupations into six clusters, parallel to Holland’s Hexagon, to help users focus on preparing for career options that fit them best.

America’s Career InfoNet
This site is a comprehensive source of occupational information for students and job seekers. The information is divided into categories such as General Outlook, Wages and Trends, and State Information.

The ASVAB Program recently was re-designed to be helpful to virtually all students, whether they are planning on immediate employment after high school in civilian or military occupations, or further education at a university, community college, or vocational institution.

Bureau of Labor Statistics
The BLS provides data from the Department of Labor about the economy, including projections and regional information. This information is helpful for high schoolers planning majors and careers.

California Career Zone
California CareerZone is a spin-off of the New York CareerZone<, a proven, successful career exploration and planning system designed especially for students. Users are encouraged to work through the Interest Profiler, Work Importance Profiler, and Assess Yourself assessment based on the Holland Codes for self-exploration. Comprehensive information on 900 occupations includes state specific wages, worker attributes, job characteristics, and much more. There are 300 career videos that give users a snap shot of the featured occupation. Job openings on Job Central are easily accessible within each occupations profile. Please continue on investigating from the Resource link where other useful resources are listed.

College Board My Road
My Road is a comprehensive online college and career planning resource for students and educators. This easy-to-use website helps middle school, high school, and college students explore comprehensive information on majors, colleges, and careers. MyRoad also provides educator tools to help you support your students in planning their future.

MyRoad enables students to:

  • Discover who they are and what they might achieve in college and beyond
  • Explore college majors that can help them achieve their goals
  • Learn about careers from professionals in the real world
  • Build their college lists and simplify the college application process
  • Create and save personal planning portfolios that can be shared with counselors and/or families

Career Biographies
This page, developed for teenagers by the Internet Public Library, provides links to facts about a given career, as well as a personal narrative from a person who is currently working in the field. By clicking on one of the fields, you will link to a more detailed list of professions within that category. By selecting one of the professions, a career biography will appear containing an interview with a professional in the given field. A list of other sites on the Web that also contain career information for this profession is included.

Career Cruising
Career Cruising is an industry-leading online career guidance and planning system. People of all ages use our tools to find the right career, explore education and training options, and build their own portfolio. Our add-on products extend Career Cruising’s functionality, making it easier for schools to manage their course selection process, communities to meet their workforce development needs, and students to prepare for the SAT/ACT. Learn more about implementing Career Cruising at your school, library, or employment center on our “Products” page.

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Career InfoNet
Career InfoNet has career information for students and job seekers. The site has information on career descriptions, career tests, life planning, college and financial aid. Numerous links are included for students, counselors, parents, and employers.

Career Information by College Major
Rutgers University developed this site to help students explore different majors. On the Career Services page, click on choosing a college major. Approximately 50 academic majors are highlighted; the information includes an overview of the major, related occupations, typical employers, and jobs obtained by graduates.

The Career Interest Game
This site helps you match your interests and skills with similar careers. It can help you begin thinking about how your personality will fit in with specific work environments and careers. Click on an occupation to find a detailed description of a career including the nature of the work and the education you would need to obtain that career.

Guides for Specific Careers
These sites have information about career planning. What kind of training or education is required? What can you earn? What kind of environment will you work in? What’s hot? What’s not? This source is also interesting for advice on finding hidden jobs, salary information, and resumes. Some of the sites listed include personal job histories of people in specific careers and the advice they would give other people.

Career Key
Career Key is designed to help people make good career decisions by providing a personality and interest inventory, based on the work of John Holland, then listing careers that match. Lists of job titles are linked to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, which gives in-depth career profiles. Another section has advice on how to make good career decisions. Also included is a special version designed for middle and junior high school students.

Career One Stop
Career One Stop combines many career resources from the U.S. Department of Labor. Find jobs, services, career path and salary information, and much more.
Current daily classified ads and the ads from the previous two Sundays from almost 60 U.S. newspapers can be searched here. Search ads from The Boston Globe, Washington Post, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and the Providence Journal; Job seekers can access over 300,000 ads from across the country.

Career Planning for High School Students
The information in this section will help you begin your career development. This material is a starting point and may help you generate some tentative ideas for college majors and future career plans. Career planning is a process that can and should begin while in high school, and most naturally should continue into the college years. Use the resources on this page to begin the process of self-exploration by assessing your interests and exploring options.

Career Planning Process
A site from Bowling Green State University, the Career Planning/Competency Model encourages individuals to explore and gather information that enables them to gain competencies, make decisions, set goals and take action. There are five steps in this process, and each one has an interactive set of quizzes to help you understand them.

Career Services: What Can I do With a Major i…?
This website provides information about various majors. An overview of the major is given, as well as related career titles, required skills for the major, links to specific career sites, and organizations and associations for the specified major.

Careers in Science and Engineering
This online guide helps students considering careers in science, engineering, and mathematics to make career and educational choices. Secondary school students and undecided undergraduates can use this guide to understand careers in science and engineering and to find practical suggestions for pursuing these career areas. Check out the career biographies and the self-assessment suggestions.

Virtual Interview!
The Virtual Interview contains actual job interview questions ranging from puff ball to killer. This interactive section gives you the opportunity to test your answers in a safe environment so that when the real thing comes along, you can engage in a meaningful exchange rather than grope for a clumsy comeback.

Major and Career Exploration
The Model for Exploration, an advising site from Ohio State University, was developed to provide students with a framework to gain and use information on education and careers. The components of the model are self-assessment exploration, educational exploration, career/occupational exploration, and decision-making. Information is also provided on transitioning to careers after college.

Majors and Careers
Rutgers University’s Career Services has developed a “Career Opportunities in…” series addressing career options for many Rutgers University majors. Each profile summarizes the major and lists related occupations, typical employers, and examples of jobs obtained by recent and experienced Rutgers graduates.

Military Careers
This site contains career information for all branches of the military.

My Future
This site was has sections on personal finance, beyond high school, and career options, with an emphasis on military opportunities. The Career Toolbox section provides advice the cover letters, resumes and interviews. Check out the Work Interest Quiz, which suggests career ideas based on preferred activities.

New York’s Career Zone
New York’s CareerZone is a useful and free tool for accessing Occupational Information Network, a comprehensive listing of occupations. Information includes description of occupation, skills and knowledge required, job outlook as well as resources for teachers and counselors.

Occupational Information Network Resource Center
O*NET is the nation’s primary source of occupational information. This site provides information on occupational titles, and finds occupational job outlook data. O*NET can assist teachers and career counselors with preparing adults or students for careers by providing tools to understand the knowledge and skills required for occupations.

Occupational Outlook Handbook
This online version of the career handbook produced every two years by the U.S. Department of Labor provides information about specific occupations, including earnings, working conditions, training and education required, working conditions and future job outlooks. Also, check out the Occupational Outlook Quarterly, which provides current and practical information on jobs and careers.

Quintessential Career and Job Hunting Resources Guide
This site is designed to provide information and resources about jobs and careers for job seekers. While this site has a variety of resources and links, its focus is on helping college students find internships and employment. Many links to resources available on the Web are provided here for job seekers.

Princeton Review Job Interests Quiz
On this site you will find a twenty-four question quiz. After you answer the questions, you are linked to careers that match your profile.

Riley Guide
The site has a directory of employment and career information sources and services on the Internet. The guide also provides instructions for job seekers and recruiters on how to use the Internet to their best advantage.

Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities
If you are a student with a disability, you need to be well informed about your rights and responsibilities as well as the responsibilities that postsecondary schools have toward you. From this site, you can download a brochure that describes your rights and responsibilities as a student with disabilities. There is also a Q & A section available on the site.