Tools to help find career matches
Experience may be the best research tool for college exploration. Your experience can help you see what you really like. Volunteer in the area you think you may want to work; get an internship in that area. Get experience and develop a network as you demonstrate your willingness to work, doing what needs to be done.
Holland Interest Inventory
Log into Blackboard, Click Family Connection. Found found in the "careers" tab of Family Connection - click "career interest profiler." Take the assessment and see what careers you might enjoy. Results show interest codes with three codes focused on your interests. Careers are sorted according to the amount of preparation required such that a person who might be happy as an accountant or actuary will see "cashier" at the top of the list. Check them all out to discover lots of great careers.
Holland Interest Inventory in other languages
The Holland Interest Inventory has been translated into a number of languages including Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese (traditional and simplified.) Visit www.cacareerzone.org/ip/languages
Go from general to specific with this useful tool found in the "careers" tab of Family Connection - click "cluster finder." A Spanish version can be found at www.careertech.org/student-interest-survey
This is a comprehensive site produced by Virginia Tech. Click into the tiny search box on the upper Right of the window to search for a specific career.
U.S. Department of Labor
Research yourself and potential careers. Read about other Virginia students who moved from high school into careers they enjoy.
THE definitive book of careers from the U.S. Department of Labor.
U.S. Department of Labor O-Net online - database of careers and related information. Find careers/occupations within a broad category and get a detailed report of the career/occupation. Match skills to careers.
Find wages and employment trends, occupational requirements, state by state labor market conditions, employer contacts, and extensive career resource library online
"Browse major and career profiles using the categories below, or use the tools on the right to search by keyword or interest."
Click Careers and Majors.