Career Exploration

This page provides an opportunity for you to access several websites that allow you to explore jobs and careers.

Use these websites to discover your interests and strengths and to learn more about different career paths.


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Resources and guidelines for educators, parents and agencies that will assist transition age youth identify and move toward their postsecondary goals in the area of employment.

This link will take you to numerous resources: Employment Many of them are included separately below, but this is a great site for one-stop shopping!

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California Career Resource Network - CalCRN

This website was created by the California Career Resource Network and the California Department of Education. In addition to free online career exploration programs they provide numerous other resources.

Home site to access the links for the following resources:

California - a career exploration program with four easy to use career assessment tools.

CareerSurfer - You can take your career exploration tools with you by downloading the Career Surfer mobile apps

You can search for jobs by keyword or occupational family. And if you're not sure where to start, shake your phone and a random occupation will pop up!

Information on 900 occupations!

Occupational profiles contain: jobs and job titles; the tasks (what you are expected to do); training, education, and experience required, and the average salary

Make Money Choices - an online budgeting program. Find out how much money you will need in the future to support your chosen lifestyle and the career choices you need to make to earn the money!

The California Career Center (CalCC) - a career and college web portal. Tools to help you map

your future, whether looking ahead to college, apprenticeship, the military or other options.


  • Middle & High School Completion & Planning
  • Post-secondary Education and Training
  • Exploring Career Options
  • Getting a Job
  • Addressing Challenges
  • Financial Literacy
  • Career-Related Videos
  • "My Stuff" Accounts
  • Personalized High School and Career Action Plans
  • Upload and save documents

Parents and Guardians

  • Career Development and College Planning Parent Handbooks
  • Helping Your Child Address Challenges
  • Quick Guides to: Exploring Career Options, Postsecondary Education and Training and Paying for College
  • California CareerZone Workbook [PDF]
  • Career & College Planning Resources for Parents and Guardians

California Career Planning Guide:  CA Career Planning Guide - the California Career Planning Guide will help you plan your own personal career path. By following the exercises and gathering related materials, the Career Action Plan will help you to pursue your life and career goals more effectively.

Ca Career Zone Parent Guide - this guide is to help parents and guardians understand how California CareerZone works so they can help their student through the career exploration process.


Get My Future
 is a great new student resource from the U.S. Department of Labor...check it out, it's very user-friendly!  
Get My Future (also a mobile-friendly app) assists in planning careers, exploring education and training options, and searching and applying for jobs. The site includes career interest assessments, interactive informational videos, job search engines, and tips.

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My Next Move - e
xplore career interests using keywords or by industry. Also has a quick and easy Interest Profiler that helps you discover what kind of job you might really be looking for!

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Jobs Made Real -
the idea for this website came about as a result of teens saying they do not know what people really do in their jobs. Over 160 teens at Chop's Teen Club (a nonprofit, multi-use recreation and enrichment facility designed to meet the changing interests and needs of Santa Rosa teens) were surveyed and the discovery was made that your primary source of research is YouTube. This information influenced the layout and design of the website. This website features thousands of videos of people doing their jobs, data on job forecasts and career information.

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Do2learn provides free access to their JobTIPS Determining Interests pages. In this section of their website you can identify your strengths, skills, career interests and goals. Assessments include a social skills assessment, interests quiz, and work environment assessments to help guide you towards specific careers. You can also learn much more about specific jobs in the job descriptions section.

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I Want to Work! I Know I Can!

Developed by the CA Transition Alliance in collaboration with the California Employment Consortium for Youth

This excellent booklet is a guide to information, services, resources and websites that will help you achieve your goal to work:

I Want to Work! I Know I Can!