Career Planning Process

Researching the World of Work

California Career Zone

California Career Zone is a new way to explore exciting jobs and occupations that California has to offer and to learn about what career path interests you. Students can choose among three self-assessment exercises, view occupations by industry sectors and assessment results, view videos of occupations of interest, and play a Reality Check game comparing salary information with lifestyle.

Career InfoNet

America's Career InfoNet helps individuals explore career opportunities to make informed employment and education choices. The Web site features user-friendly occupation and industry information, salary data, career videos, education resources, self-assessment tools, career exploration assistance, and other resources that support talent development in today's fast-paced global marketplace.


CareerOneStop is the result of collaboration between the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to provide information on high growth, in-demand occupations along with the skills and education needed to attain those jobs.

Choices Planner

Choices® Planner is an online career information delivery system that helps students compare, connect and choose from a vast network of work and education options, effortlessly building powerful plans. Using Choices students can gather information about occupations, industries, educational programs, salaries, related occupations, educational requirements tied to various occupations, and occupational videos. In addition, students can learn about themselves through the use of the Work Values Sorter, Transferable Skills Checklist, Interest Profiler, and the Workplace Skills Checklist; while creating an online Portfolio at the same time to save your self-exploration and research information. To access Choices Planner proceed through the following steps:

  • Go to:
  • On the "Student Sign In" page click on the Site ID tab to enter Choices and not create a Portfolio (Students can save all their work in Choices in their Portfolio).
  • Click on the Site ID tab and enter: 0110689
  • Password: careercenter
  • Click on the Choices Planner under Your Tools.
  • To create a Portfolio and save your work in Choices, select the "create a new portfolio" link. After creating an account, resign-in at the Portfolio Name tab on the Student Sign In page.

Glassdoor gives you an inside look at company salaries, reviews and interview questions for more than 80,000 companies.

O*NET Online

O*NET Online is the nation's primary source of occupational information. The database also provides the basis for our Career Exploration Tools, a set of valuable assessment instruments for workers and students looking to find or change careers.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. The Handbook is revised every two years. The OOH provides occupational information on the training and education needed, earnings, expected job prospects, what workers do on the job, training required, and working conditions.

RoadTrip Nation

RoadTrip Nation all started with four friends and one dilemma: "what do I want to do with my life?" Fresh out of college and unsure about the career paths in front of them, they were determined to expose themselves to more than just the traditional life roads. They hopped in an old RV, painted it green, and hit the road to talk with inspiring people from all walks of life to find out how they came to do what they love for a living.

Sloan Career Cornerstone Center

The Sloan Career Cornerstone Center is a non-profit resource center for those exploring career paths in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, computing, and healthcare. Support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has made the resources on this site possible.

TED is a small nonprofit devoted to ideas worth spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. makes the best talks and performances from TED and partners available to the world, for free. More than 450 TEDTalks are now available, with more added each week.

Social Networking Sites

Social Networking sites can be an excellent resource to network with students and professionals in diverse majors and career fields. Students can learn about careers, develop and expand their network, develop and showcase specific skills and access specific jobs/internships.