Choosing the Right Career

The first step to a successful job search is figuring out which career is right for you. Like anything else in life, you won't find what you're looking for unless you know exactly what that is. A lot of people will give you advice, but ultimately, what kind of job you decide is best for you depends a lot on who you are. Sure, money is a factor, but your happiness on the job is determined by whether you like what you're doing It really pays to map out your career goals and aspirations, and figure out exactly what steps you need to get into the job you want -- because you really can make it happen!

Career Planning Websites

  • America's Career InfoNet Hosts information about career exploration, general outlook, wages and trends, and state profiles. Also contains a resource library. Lets you search by occupation for specific employers down to the community level.
  • About.com's Online Career Resource Center This is a very comprehensive site with a number of interesting articles and links about planning your career.
  • California Conservation Corps The California Conservation Corps is a workforce development program that offers young men and women the chance to serve their state and become employable citizens through life skills training and hard work in environmental conservation, fire protection, and emergency response.
  • CalJOBS This website lets you browse jobs, lets you search for job titles, and gives you occupational information such as education and skills requirements, wages, typical job duties, and job growth projections.
  • WetFeet.com Plenty of information about occupations, career changes, and high-tech jobs.
  • The Keirsey Temperament Website This site contains free online personality quizzes that can be extremely useful in assessing your career goals.
  • The Occupational Outlook Handbook This site from the Bureau of Labor Statistics lets you search for a job description by title or keyword, and provides a comprehensive report that details the nature of the work you'd perform, the employment outlook for that profession, the training and qualifications necessary, as well as the average salary you could expect. Extremely useful for those exploring new career options.
  • O*Net, or Occupational Network on the web, has a huge collection of occupational information, organized for exploration.
  • The College of the Redwoods Career Center This site contains a number of good articles about career planning and job success. It also explains how to use the CR Resource Center.
  • California Career Zone A great instant way to assess your interests and find out what careers might work for you. Lets you choose 3 different categories to describe your interests, then issues a report detailing what careers might work for you and the skills required for each.