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Apprenticeships, Career Exploration and Jobs

optionsChoosing a career might seem difficult. Your specific interests, abilities, and aptitudes can lend themselves to many 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. Think about what activities you enjoy, consider what's important to you, whom do you admire, what do you spend your free time on, and identify your abilities and talents from there.

Self-assessment is the first step in choosing a career. Assessment activities (five are available) can be completed on CaliforniaColleges.edu, free to California students where it's a one-stop shop for educational, career, and financial aid planning. After you've gone through the self-assessment process, take a look at and consider the many careers that are available to 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 Skills

  • Communication Skills (verbal and written)
  • Analytical Skills
  • Teamwork and Leadership Skills
  • Technical Skills
  • Organizational Skills
  • Time Management and Prioritization
  • Strong Work Ethic

 

Sophomore Career Unit

Students at WHS will participate in a three-period/day Career Unit taught by the school counselors, the College and Career specialist and the librarian in January of the students' 10th grade year.  The Career Unit curriculum will have students further explore their future, which will include:

  • Graduation and College Prep Requirements Presentation
  • 4-Year High School Plan
  • Career and College Majors/Programs Research
  • Career Technical Education at Mission Valley ROP Presentation
  • Personality and Career Interest Assessments/Inventories

 

February Was Career Awareness Month

Please join Bay Area Community College Consortium (BACCC) Regional Directors to learn more about job possibilities after high school!

Webinars have been recorded so students can learn more about careers in: construction, biotechnology, health, transportation, manufacturing, teaching, public safety, and computer science/digital media.

See this website for the informative presentation recordings: CTE Webinar Series Website

 


 

Apprenticeship ("Earn While You Learn”) Websites

Apprenticeship4you

Bay Area Apprenticeships in California Community Colleges

Bay Area Apprenticeships List At a Glance

BuildCalifornia

California Apprenticeship Coordinators Association

California Apprenticeship Initiative Hub

Chabot College Apprenticeships

Cypress Mandela - 16-week Free Programs

IBEW Local 332 | Apprenticeships (ibew332.org)

Pipe Trades Training Center, San Jose

 

Certificated Careers/Jobs information

In-Demand Career Certifications

3-Month and 6-Month Certification Programs

6-Month Certification Programs

 

Additional Job and Career Website Links

O*NET OnLine: A tool for career exploration and job analysis from the US Dept. of Labor

BigFuture.collegeboard.org: A College Board website of resources for students, parents and educators.

California Career Zone: Assess yourself, explore job families and give yourself a reality check as you look at careers that would be a good fit for you

CaliforniaColleges.edu: The State of California’s official college and career planning platform. Lessons and tools help students discover goals for life after high school, make plans to achieve them, and launch their futures. It’s free for California 6th - 12th grade students, their parents, and educators. CaliforniaColleges.edu is managed by the nonprofit California College Guidance Initiative (CCGI). CCGI partners with school districts to smooth student paths to college and career. It’s funded in part by the State of California as part of the Cradle-to-Career System.

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

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs: CAAHEP provides value to stakeholders by setting standards for quality assurance in health professions education. CAAHEP is a programmatic postsecondary accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CAAHEP carries out its accrediting activities in cooperation with 25 review Committees on Accreditation.

Cool Works: Connects you to information about thousands of summer and seasonal jobs in cool places

HealthcarePathway.com: Educational and/or licensing requirements for various health care careers such as paramedic, 911 dispatcher, medical assisting, pharmacy tech, radiology tech, veterinary tech, dental assistant, physical therapy assistant, health care administration, nursing, dietician/nutritionist, public health, occupational therapy, etc. Many community colleges offer pre-licensing education and programs.

Indeed.com: Research various jobs and the required skills and education

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

Jobstar.orgSample Resumes and Cover Letters, Career Guides and more  

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and ScienceWhere passion meets profession: Find the best health care career for you. Whether you're a high school student reviewing options for after graduation, a career-changer debating your next steps, or someone thinking about an advanced degree, there is a health care career for you. Use our career library to explore options and discover how you can apply your love for helping people or advancing the medical field to your next career. Find the spot where your passion meets your profession.

Ohlone College Career CenterThe Career Center supports Students and Community Members with various services, resources, and modules to help enhance career clarity, competitiveness, and connections. The Career Center also connects with local businesses and entrepreneurs to ensure that our programs provide opportunities that build the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to address the workforce needs.

Transportation, Warehousing/Distribution, & Logistics Career Exploration Tool: These jobs are in demand and growing fast. The Tri-Valley Career Center and Chabot-Las Positas Community College District are excited to partner with Prologis and JFF to offer skills training to help you succeed. PDF Flyer here

  • Enhance your skills and prepare for an exciting career in one of the fastest-growing industries in today’s global economy

  • Build interpersonal skills employers value - communication, decision-making, collaboration, and self-awareness

TriValley Career Center: A comprehensive employment resource center serving individual job seekers and regional businesses in the East Bay communities of Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton and Sunol in Alameda County

Disney Careers: Disneyland and Walt Disney career programs

Peace Corps: Information on volunteer work and locations with the Peace Corps

Year Up: Full-time job training in Business Operations, Financial Operations, IT, Software Development, and Sales & Customer Support

 

Financial Literacy Websites

Grown-up Stuff Explained 75 Topics 18 Year-olds Should Know (free financial and life skills book) (available for purchase on Amazon and with permission from the author, Witty Ryter)

Personal finance | Life skills | Khan Academy

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas: Building Wealth

US Securities & Exchange Commission: Saving and Investing

Ranking 4,500 Colleges by ROI (2022) - CEW Georgetown