College & Career Readiness

What is Career Exploration?
 
Career exploration is learning about yourself and the world of work, identifying and exploring potentially satisfying occupations, and developing an effective strategy to realize your goals. Below are some helpful websites that can assist you in learning more about yourself , potential careers, and their average earning salaries.
 
  • http://www.cacareerzone.org/ - An interactive, user-friendly career exploration and planning system designed specifically for college students. Includes four self-assessment tools, career information for over 900 occupations, and 300+ short career videos.
  • http://www.insidejobs.com/ - Provides descriptive profiles, insightful videos, and helpful career information for over 15,000 jobs in 10 different career families.
  • http://www.mynextmove.org - An interactive tool for students and job seekers to learn more about required tasks, skills, salary information, and more for 900+ careers. The O*NET Interest Profiler offers personalized career suggestions based on your interests and level of work experience.
  • http://www.bls.gov/ooh/ - Information about more than 200 career fields from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • http://salarysurfer.cccco.edu/SalarySurfer.aspx - Get information on average earnings in Vocational and Certificate careers. These professions require  just an Associates Degree and/or a Certificate.

 

What College is Right for Me?

Finding a college that best suits you is important! Often times, students are pressured to apply to "Name Brand" schools such as UCLA, Harvard, Yale, etc. Though those institutions are definitely good schools, there are many other options that work for students and are sometimes even a better fit for them. For some a Community College is the first step and for others it's going straight to a University. When researching colleges and universities there are many factors to take into consideration such as what environment you would like to be in (campus size, location), Cost, Major(s), Faculty, to name a few. The following websites will assist you in finding schools you are interested in and learning more about their admissions and the particular program you plan to study (Major).

 
 
Updated: 06/2016
BGHS CA Colleges CSUMentor Tutorial 2016-17
 
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Preparing to Make Career Decisions
 
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