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Apprenticeships, Career Exploration and Jobs

optionsChoosing a career can seem difficult. Your specific interests, abilities,
and aptitudes could 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, free to California students. 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


Bay Area Apprenticeships in California Community Colleges

Bay Area Apprenticeships List At a Glance


California Apprenticeship Coordinators Association

California Apprenticeship Initiative Hub

Chabot College Apprenticeships

Cypress Mandela - 16-week Free Programs

IBEW Local 332 | Apprenticeships (

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


College and Career Websites

Ohlone College Career Center


Additional Job and Career Website Links

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

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

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

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

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  

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) (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