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Do you have questions about your next steps in life?  What type of work do you want to do?  What kind of education will you need?  Where can you find internship or volunteer opportunities that can help you in your field of interest?  How do you find a job that fits with your interests, and are there any available in your area?  Below is information about California Career Zone, a website that can help you find the answers to these questions.  This website has a ton of different resources and exercises that can help you learn more about yourself and get you on the right path to starting your future.

After figuring out what types of things you're interested in, and what pathway you will need to take to get there, you can start your job hunt and even find job openings near you!  

The California Career Zone
This website can help to connect you to professionals who are already working in your field of interest.  These professionals may be able to mentor you and provide tips as you move toward your career goal. To get started, click on the links below which will take you to each individual section of the website.

Interest Profiler:
The Interest Profiler has a series of questions about work activities that some people do on their jobs. By answering the questions, you can identify your interests. After completing the questionnaire, your results may help you decide what kinds of occupations and jobs you might want to explore based on your interests.

Quick Assessment:
Explore jobs that best match your personality. Are you realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising, or conventional? Click on your interests and the website will give you a list of careers that fit you best.  Information is provided on the duties and skills required for the job, the level of education that you will need, how much money you can earn and current job openings in that field.

Skills Profiler
What skills have you acquired through your jobs and other activities? The Skills Profiler has a series of questions about skills that you may have learned over time and can help you explore jobs that match what you are good at.

Additional Resources

These may help you figure out your interests and what types of jobs may be best for you:


This is a fun and interactive website for students in middle school, high school, or college.  It gives you a chance to figure out what you’re interested in and offers job suggestions that may be a great fit for you. The website includes:

  • A fun quiz which can help you identify what your interests are. After you answer the questions, it then recommends certain jobs that match your interests.
  • Stories from people who are currently working in a particular field or are pursuing education to help them reach their career goal.
  • Information on 15 different fields of employment:
      • Details are provided on specific jobs which fit into a particular field of interest.
      • Descriptions are given on what type of education and/or trade schools are needed to reach employment goals in a particular field.
      • Provides a breakdown of salaries which can be earned in a particular field.

Find and Get the Right Job
This guide contains activities and worksheets which can help you figure out your strengths and weaknesses, prepare for your job search, search for a job, learn how to properly contact potential employers, and get through the interview:

My Next Move
If you already know the career you want, this easy-to-use website will tell you everything there is to know about it. If you’re still not sure what type of job you’d like to have, the website also has detailed information on over 900 career options, and some questions you can answer to see which jobs could be the best fit.

A service through the US Department of Labor where you can find information on what you do in a job, how much school you need, how much money you will probably make and more.  It even has a section for each job that says what king of personality fits the job!  After doing the California Career Zone Quick Assessment and getting your personality type, you can get more information here.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH)
A lot of information about how easy it is to get hired at different jobs!  If you know the job you want you can use the search bar on the left in the middle of the page.  If you aren’t sure, you can just check out the different job categories on the left and see what the “outlook” is.  The OOH is a good companion to O*Net and the Quick Assessment tools.


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