A Cyclical Process
Career exploration is a cyclical process. By exploring who we are in relation to the world of work, we discover more about ourselves and thus need to re-examine the world of work possibilities from this new perspective. Ongoing research, self-reflection, networking and work experience will help you get clear about what type of work is a "fit" for you and what kind of post-secondary (after high school) education or training will be needed to achieve your career goals. Although it can take some time and effort, you are 100% worth it. Besides, digging into some career research today could save a lot of time and money later! Include your friends, family, and school guidance counselors in the process to make the process easier and more fun.
Career Exploration Tools & Resources:
A free online college/career exploration, portfolio, planning and management tool, which includes recorded real-world interviews about occupations, occupational profiles, labor market information (LMI), career/interest surveys, college / concentration information, financial aid information, and more.
My Next Move (by O-NET) - Quick & easy career exploration
A very direct and user friendly career exploration tool where you can search for careers using a key word, a scroll down menu of industries, or by indicating what you like to do (aka taking the O-NET Interest Profiler).
A web portal designed to help Massachusetts students (grades 6-12) manage their educational and career pathways. It provides students with one central planning site where they can organize their academic information, get free test-prep tutorials, research schools, track applications, apply for financial aid, and more.
An online career exploration and job search site, which can also help you locate your local Career Center.
O*NET OnLine has detailed descriptions of the world of work, including LMI data from the U.S. Labor Department.
Connecting Professionals to Students for Online Career Advice. What if we could promise every student in the world that we could get them the answer to any question about any career, from real-life professionals speaking from real-life experience? Our web platform matches the career questions students ask to our volunteer corps of over 15,000 working professionals with relevant expertise and a wealth of experiences to share. The advice students get is tailored for them. It’s reliable, encouraging, and inspirational.
Free career resources and a database of thousands of real-world career profiles, where professionals answer questions commonly asked during informationl interviews. Learning more about what it is like to work in a given career from people in the field can help get more prepared to land that first job and/or get on the right track for long-term career success.
According to this website, employees in different positions were asked the following: Discribe your typical day. What are the qualifications required for this job? What are the best and worst parts of this job? What final advice do you have for someone interested in this line of work?
This guide provides information on Joint Apprenticeship Training Programs for a variety of trades. It includes contact information and program eligibility requirements.
Cluster Mapping - An interactive tool to explore relationships of different career clusters and other occupation information