“Choose a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life.”
Finding the BEST match for your future is as easy as…
Find a career that’s
compatible with you.
Make sure it meets
Confirm there will be jobs in the future.
“College is a really expensive career exploration plan.”
~Deb Shanafelt, CTE Director, Clover Park School District
Use the FREE resources below
(or check with your school or community service organization advisor, counselor or specialist to get a login for the select resources in the left menu bar.)
What career matches my interests, skills, and values?
You can save time and money and increase your chances of finding a career that you love and in which you can excel. There are many great tools to find careers that fit your interests, skills, and values.
Take an assessment survey.
You can often take these with your school career counselor or career services office. It is often helpful to go over the results with an advisor to get the most out of the information. Or you can access a free one from one of these sites:
Browse by career cluster/path or skill.
Maybe you don’t know exactly what you want to do, but you have it narrowed down by industry or particular characteristic. For example, “I want to work in Health Care,” or “I definitely want my career to involve building things.”
working with animals
protecting the environment
performing for people
working with people
planning and organizing
teaching people things
working with numbers
making and keeping rules
helping people be healthy
working with computers
caring for people
knowing how things work
studying the legal system
planes, trains, and automobiles
helping people have fun
working with your hands
Try before you buy!
Sometimes it’s hard to know what a job or career looks and feels like until you see it up close. You can gain valuable experience and check compatibility in the field that you want to work in the following ways:
Information Interviews are a great source for gathering information about a job or career field in which you are currently interested. You can request an informational interview with someone who does what you want to do – you ask the questions. The purpose is to obtain information, not to get a job.
Think you’d like to be a veterinarian? –> Volunteer at the animal shelter or a vet clinic.
Think you’d like to be a teacher? –> Volunteer in a classroom or at an after-school program for kids
58% of people get their jobs from Networking – it really is about who you know and who knows you!
You might not be looking for a job right now, but it’s a great idea to treat any of these experiences
like a job interview and make a good impression should you choose to pursue a career in the field.
What career fits my personal needs?
There are some really good questions that you can ask to help you determine if a career or job is a good fit for you. Here are some questions to get you started:
Depending on your family size there is a minimum amount of money needed to meet the basic needs for survival. As your family grows, this will grow as well. The Self Sufficiency calculator below will help you to calculate this number based on your family.
As we go through life our family can change and grow. Marriage and number of children can impact how much money we need. Make sure the job/career you are looking at has room for income growth that will meet these needs. You can figure out how much money you need for your future family using the calculators from the previous question and answering the questions based on your planned family.
Select a salary range at Career Bridge to see careers that would meet your needs.
There are other things besides money that you might want to think about. Here is a starter list to get your mind thinking about other ways a job/career might impact your lifestyle.
- Does this job involve a lot of travel?
- What are the hours I’d like to work? Nights? Weekends? Flexible? Fixed?
- Do I need/want a job that can flex from full-time to part-time and back based on my family needs?
- Do I want to work from home?
- Do I like to work independently or in groups?
- Do I need to be active?
- What else is important to you?