Career Exploration Resources and Password Protected Assessments

Free Career Resources:

California Career Zone

Discover and identify your interests, skills, work values, and match careers based on your individual financial needs.

 

Career Coach

Browse careers, programs or take a career assessment to discover San Diego and Imperial County-based career paths that match your interest. Search results will include occupations, wage information, and related trainings.

 

CareerED

Learn about local community college programs within San Diego County, related career pathways, and salaries.

 

CareerOneStop

Find wage and employment trends, occupational requirements, state-by-state labor market conditions, millions of employer contacts nationwide, and an extensive career resource library online. Including Career Videos grouped by career cluster, with over 300 videos in Spanish

 

GoGovernment- Federal Jobs

This is not a government-run site but it does have the information about federal jobs and internships that are currently available, and career guides.

 

Here to Career Mobile App

This is a mobile app for your phone, available in English or Spanish. It lists all California Community College Programs, including career pathways and salaries.

 

My Plan

Find your category of major and explore related careers with their “What Can I Do With This Major?” section.

 

My Next Move

This is a FREE Government site with no passwords required. Discover what your interests are by completing an interest assessment and how they relate to the world of work. This site is also available in Spanish. My Next Move also offers a version tailored to Veterans

 

The Occupational Outlook Handbook

Learn about information on career outlook and salary. Click on the occupation field you are interested in and you will find a description of the career, educational requirements, salary and outlook. Figures on salary and outlook are national figures. 

 

Princeton Review Career Research

Browse career profiles in the search engine under “Find a Career” to find out about a typical day in the life of someone in your chosen occupation, future planning, quality of life, and related majors.

 

Salary Surfer

Select a program of study and view the earnings of recent California community college graduates who received an award in a specific program of study.​ Salary Surfer provides comparative information on earnings to help students make important decisions about investing time and money in a college education.

 

Salary.com

Find out what salary you will earn in your chosen occupation. The salary wizard calculates your salary based on geographical area. Links to job boards are included.

 

UC Berkeley Career Center-Major Exploration

Explore typical careers and pathways for common majors.

 

 

 Volunteer Opportunities

AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps members are similar to Peace Corps members, except AmeriCorps serve only in the US. A stint in AmeriCorps usually lasts 10 months to one year. Paid volunteer. Tuition benefits.

 

California Conservation Corps- San Diego

The San Diego Center challenges its corps members with natural resource work ranging from trail construction and fire hazard reduction to heavy equipment operation. There are also Caltrans internships.

 

City of San Diego volunteer jobs

Volunteer opportunities in the Attorney's Office, City Clerk's office, Family Justice Center, Fire-Rescue, Library, Metropolitan Wastewater, Parks and Recreation, Police and Water/Reservoirs.

 

County of San Diego government volunteer jobs

Student workers / internships in the areas of Community Services, Land Use and Environment, Public Safety, Finance and General Government, Health and Human Services. Click on the County department home pages for information specific to each department; For example: Sheriff's Dept.

 

Federal Government's Internship Program

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management provides Federal internship opportunities to students and recent graduates  who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment as degree seeking students taking at least a half-time academic, technical, or vocational course load in an accredited high school, technical, vocational, 2 or 4 year college or university, graduate or professional school. Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible for conversion to a permanent job in the civil service.

 

Nature Corps

Take a working vacation and volunteer to help protect California's National Parks.

 

VolunteerMatch

Search for volunteer opportunities by zip code, city or state.

 

 

 Password Protected Sites

The Career Center has a variety of student assessments and tools to help students with their career development and job skills needs. A counselor can assist with providing an interpretation of your results. Please contact the Career Center for access to the following password protected sites: 

 

AchieveWORKs Assessments

  • Personality Type- Learn more about your strengths, challenges, communication strategies, and careers related to your preferences and type.

  • Learning and Productivity- Create a preference profile and learn more about study strategies based on your learning preferences.

  • Multiple Intelligences-Based on Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence theory. Create an intelligence profile, learn about your challenges, and careers and majors related to your strengths. 

  • Skills- Identify and develop skills to be successful in the workforce.

Career Cruising

Career Cruising is a tool for you to learn more about your skills, values and interests through assessments. This program allows you to search a database of careers, colleges, and majors. Career profiles include educational requirements, occupational information, salary, outlook, and videos and interviews by professionals in each field.

 

 

Roadtrip Nation

Learn from video game designers to lawyers, sports journalists to STEM professionals, and everything in between. These stories form the basis of Roadtrip Nation's career exploration products—including an educational curriculum, personalized online tools, video content, bestselling books, and live events. Together, these tools create a diverse and relevant collection of resources showing young people the vast scope of careers and possibilities.

 

 

Perfect Interview

The Perfect Interview software allows you to practice interviews from your home via your webcam from your smart device, laptop or computer. There is also a private room you can book at the Career Center where you can practice. Perfect Interview has thousands of practice questions, an interview coach to help you answer such questions, and two sample student responses. Perfect Interview also has a job search and resume builder.