Prepare for Your Future
Your future is important to us. Some people realize what career interests them at an early age. However, most people have difficulty deciding on a career. With all of the career possibilities available it can be difficult to make a decision. Once you know what career path you want to follow, you can begin planning for your career, discover the steps to reach your goal and explore options for college.
Please visit our Job Central office for access to Career Cruising assessments. You are able to take a variety of assessments based on your interests, skills, abilities or learning style.
If you prefer to explore your options from home, you can visit the following websites:
mySkills myFuture allows users to find new career options based on the skills and experience gained in a previous employment, learn more about these suggested matches, locate local training programs and/or apply for jobs.
California Career Zone allows users to explore industry clusters or take assessment tests. Users can even get a reality check by finding out how much money you will need and which occupations will pay for the lifestyle you desire.
Mapping Your Future provides information about career planning and higher education. It gives information and tips on selecting a career, a school and how to pay for school.
One of the hardest decisions college bound students face is the choice between attending a community college or a university. There are pros and cons to both and which one is better really depends on your particular needs and situation. Consider the tuition costs, availability of classes, class size, campus life, sports & activities and housing when making your choice.
If you need assistance with college exploration, we can help! Youth staff can connect you to a program we utilize that lets you explore your options. You are able to learn more about specific schools that interest you, find schools that offer the program or major you're interested in by program name or industry cluster, compare schools and look at financial aid options.
Planning for College Expenses
Many students entering college are under the impression that they are investing in their future, so they shouldn’t worry about borrowing too much. While college in an investment, you still need to keep your spending under control. The last thing anyone wants after they complete college is a mountain of debt too big to pay off.
What can you do to avoid becoming trapped in debt?
Learn to effectively manage your money. The first thing you need to be aware of is how much money you have coming in and how much money you have going out. A great way to do this is to create a budget. Once you know how much money you need you can begin exploring ways to cut down your debt.
Apply for financial aid! Check out Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for student financial aid including the Pell Grant, federal student loans and federal work study and Merit Aid to view a comprehensive directory of merit scholarships and academic scholarships from colleges across the country.