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College and Career Readiness Solano County Office of Education

“Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it.” - Katharine Whitehorn

A career is a lifelong journey and includes your work experiences and education. Choosing a career does not happen overnight. How do you get there? You must plan and be prepared to work hard.

"Your life is your story, and the adventure ahead of you is the journey to fulfill your own purpose and potential." Kerry Washington

A career may require that you attend a community college, a trade school or a university. Perhaps your career requires that you participate in an apprenticeship and learn while working.

There are so many different careers, so how do you choose? It's important to read about careers and talk to people in those careers.

Here are some ways to learn about careers and engage with industry professionals:

Informational Interviewing
Job Shadow
Internship
Industry Tour

Take time to explore different careers and learn about them.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook can assist you in exploring careers through occupational groups; based on pay, and even educational requirements.

“What lies behind us, and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.” attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The future depends on what you do today." Mahatma Gandhi

“The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but significance – and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.” Oprah Winfrey

Take steps to figure out your path. What are your interests? What do you enjoy doing? What are you good at? Explore careers and maybe you will find one that you did not know existed!

"Knowing your strengths and how to grow them can help you find a line of work that you will enjoy while also enabling you to hone your skills in the areas most relevant to your career path." https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/

"The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live. " Flora Whittemore

Explore some of the resources within this site and take some interest inventories and research different careers. Think about the lifestyle you want. Where do you want to live? What do you enjoy doing? What do you want to do? Do you prefer to work indoors or outdoors? Do you want to go to college after high school, and if so how long? These questions and more can assist you in finding careers that meet your goals.

Where do you start? High school students have many options and often times we are overwhelmed by so many choices. To start, take some time to explore and discover the possibilities.

There are many resources that offer students opportunities to learn about themselves through interest and skills profilers.
https://www.cacareerzone.org/
Explore career options through interactive tools that can assist you in locating your dream job.
https://www.mynextmove.org/
https://www.careeronestop.org/

Do you still have questions? Make an appointment to meet with your high school counselor, or visit California Career Resources for virtual counseling assistance in college and career exploration.

Now that you have researched some careers, how do you get the training and education that you need to enter those careers?

Resources for educational options after high school

While searching for your dream job, researching careers and preparation takes time, remember you are on a journey.

The Solano County Office of Education Work-Ready! Certification Program can help prepare you for job/college/scholarship interviews and provide guidance and assistance in resume writing.
The WRC program is offered at Solano County high schools and is supported by local Chambers of Commerce businesses, The Workforce Development Board, and Travis Credit Union.
MEET THE COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS TEAM
Kelley Birch, Assistant Director of College and Career Readiness
Kim Lane, CTE Pathway Project Coordinator
Lindsay Caceres, Secretary-Program Analyst
Abe Anaya, College and Career Development Specialist
Amber Bell, College and Career Development Specialist
Rodney Fisher, College and Career Development Specialist
Robert Scott, College and Career Development Specialist

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