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Career Exploration

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Choosing a career can be difficult.  Your specific interests, abilities, and aptitudes lend themselves to hundreds of career choices.  To find a career that's going to match your interests, abilities, and aptitudes, you need to first develop a good understanding of who you are.  You need to think about what activities you enjoy, you need to consider what's important to you, and you need to identify your abilities and talents.  Self-assessment is the first step in choosing a career, which can be completed on Naviance, our school's college and career software. 

After you've gone through the self-assessment process, you need to take a look at, and consider, the many careers that are available to you.  Once you've taken a look at yourself and at your career choices, you'll have the information you need to choose a career field that's right for you. This process takes time so be patient, but also be persistent! Moving forward in your education is critical, even if you change directions!

Classroom Skills that translate into IMPORTANT Job Skill

  • Communication Skills
  • Analytical Skills
  • Teamwork Skills
  • Technical Skills
  • Strong Work Ethic

Sophomore Career Unit

Students at WHS, will participate in a four day Career Unit in February of their 10th grade year.  The Career Unit will have students further explore their future, which will include:

  • Interest Inventory and Interpretation 
  • 4 Year High School Plan 
  • Career Technical Training at Mission Valley ROP Presentation 
  • Graduation and College Prep Requirements Presentation

College and Career Websites

California Colleges + out of state: www.californiacolleges.edu

Big Future: www.bigfuture.com

Additional Job and Career Website Links
Assess yourself, explore job families and give yourself a reality check as you look at careers that would be a good fit for you:
cacareerzone.org

Discover Career Technical Education opportunities, potential career pathways and curriculum options: www.WhoDoUWant2B.com

Job Star Central-Sample Resumes and Cover Letters, Career Guides and more:  www.jobstar.org

Job Website that contains tips on interviews and resumes: www.jobweb.com   

Beyond High School-Career Interest, Resume Writing, Finding a Job, Scholarship Search, Budget Planning, Military Options: www.myfuture.com

Extensive guidance and information about jobs and careers and how they relate to college majors:  www.collegeboard.org

Apprenticeship information:  www.IBuiltIt.org

Job Corps: A FREE program where eligible students live, work and learn together toward finishing high school (if needed) and developing a career. Low income requirements for all students except those with an IEP or 504 Plan: www.jobcorps.gov

Connects you to information about thousands of summer and seasonal jobs in cool places:  www.coolworks.com

The California State Employment Development Department (EDD) site offers a variety of programs and services especially designed for youth:

Disneyland and Walt Disney career programs: www.disneycareerstart.com

Information on teaching careers:  www.calteach.com

Information on volunteer work and locations with the Peace Corps: www.peacecorps.gov

Other Career Advice websites:

www.bls.gov/oco

www.careersandcolleges.com

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