ROP Career Planning Tools

Career Assessment

Exploring and Researching Careers

  • Career Voyages
    Detailed information about the fastest growing industries and occupations, the skills and education required to prepare for them, job openings by area, wages, licensing requirements and growth rates for numerous occupations.

  • America's Career Information Network
    Smart career decisions start here! Find wages and employment trends, occupational requirements, state by state labor market conditions, millions of employer contacts nationwide, and the most extensive career resource library online.

  • California Employment Development Department
    A California state database of career information.

  • Your Future Is Our Business
    Santa Cruz county resource for connecting high school students with local professionals.

  • WorkPlace Connections
    This is a collaborative networking system that interconnects schools, local businesses and community members throughout the Monterey Bay Area.

  • Job Shadowing Information
    National resource on job shadowing. Students can "take" a virtual job shadow right online.

  • Career Guide to Industries
    Looking for a career? Find out about careers by industry. Check out working conditions, earnings and outlook as well as more information.

  • Explore Careers with USAJOBS
    Check out your options using online tools. Find jobs based on your interests. Match federal jobs to tasks you like to do. Explore specific federal jobs. Match federal jobs to private sector jobs.

  • Job Corps
    Are you a disadvantaged youth? Gain independence and get quality, long-term jobs or further your education. Job Corps could provide you with the training you need.

  • Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH)
    Check out hundreds of careers. Learn about what workers do on the job and more.

  • Career Opportunities in the Military
    The military offers thousands of great jobs. See if one is right for you.

    This web site is your gateway to the U.S. Government. Plan your education beyond high school. they have a ton of online resources to check out. Find information on careers, community service, travel and more.

  • YouthRules!
    Find out what the federal and state rules regarding young workers are so that you can have a safe and rewarding work experience.

  • What Can I Do With This Major?
    A convenient website that helps you connect majors with careers.

Education and Training Resources

  • College Opportunities OnLine (COOL)
    COOL is your direct link to nearly 7,000 colleges in the United States. They include many types of colleges, from 2-year schools, to trade schools. Learn about each type of school and how much it costs to attend.

  • Community College Finder
    A national website of community college information. You can search by state for website and contact information. Be sure to check out average two-year tuition rates.

  • California Apprenticeship Coordinators Association
    There are a wide variety of union apprenticeship programs in California offering excellent career opportunities. Review the numerous apprenticeship programs and learn how you can have an interesting and fulfilling career. Through apprenticeship training, you can combine on-the-job learning with classroom instruction.

  • College Board
    College testing, preparation and admissions information.

  • Princeton Review
    Princeton Review provides college planning and test preparation information.

  • Quintessential Careers Go to College - College Planning Resources
    Resources to help you research colleges and become more familiar with the tools that can help you achieve your educational goals.

    A powerful, open-ended site rich with content that makes finding and applying to a school in California a snap. Comprehensive website that fives detailed information on all colleges in California.

  • CSU Mentor
    How to plan for an d apply to the California State University. Detailed information about the 23 California State Universities.

  • University of California - Pathways
    University of California's online undergraduate admission information and application network. Detailed information on all the University of California schools.

  • California Community College Chancellor's Office
    Detailed information on all California community colleges. Two-year public institutions, composed of 109 colleges statewide organized into 72 districts, serves more than 2.9 million students and represents the largest system of higher education in the world.

  • IPEDS College Opportunities OnLine
    Complete list of all post secondary colleges online including technical schools and art institutes.

  • California Student Aid Commission
    California state aid commission making education beyond high school financially accessible to all Californians.

  • America's Service Locator
    Need help finding work? Aid in planning your career? enter your ZIP code and find nearby offices that offer free employment services.

  • FSA for Students
    Check out the Federal Student Aid Portal. Find out what you need to do to prepare for education beyond high school.

  • FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid
    Thinking about going to college? Interested in career school? There are many student financial aid programs that you should check out. Fill out your FAFSA to find out if you qualify for financial aid.

  • Financial Aid Advisor
    Find financial aid help. Check out grants, scholarships, savings programs, loans and tax deductions.

  • The Student Guide
    Looking to fund your education? Updated each award. The Student Guide tells you about grants, loans and work-student programs and how to apply for them.

  • Licensed Occupations
    You can search for licenses by state, occupation or agency. Licenses may be required by law for you to work in a certain career. This tool provides the licensing rules and a link for more information.

Job Search Information

  • Got-A-Job
    Excellent website where teens, students and young adults find the resources to get a job. Focus on summer and part time jobs. Resumes, cover letters, interviewing tips and survival skills for on the job.

  • America's Job Bank
    Looking for a job? Search through about one million job openings nationwide.

  • Employer Locator
    Looking for a new job? One way is to check out possible employers. Search through nearly 12 million employers across the U.S. You can find contact information, maps and more.

  • Job Resources by Occupation
    Know what kind of job you are looking for? Check out the specialty job boards. You can browse online job opportunities for specific occupations. Look by industry or search by professional groups.

  • Job Search Tips
    View resources and guides providing job search guidance. Get advice on writing resumes and cover letters. Check out tips on effective networking. Learn abut salary negotiation techniques and more.

    There is a variety of student options for you in the federal government. Learn how to apply for jobs, build your resume or find a job.

  • USAJobs
    Find a rewarding federal career. You can search the official job site of the U. S. Federal Government. This is your one-stop source for federal jobs.

  • Youth2Work
    Have questions about the world of work? Find out about the rules, safety and health information for teen workers. Check out the resources for career planning, education and training, job listings and information for youth by industry.

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