“Choose a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life.”


Success in the New Economy from Brian Y. Marsh on Vimeo.

Direction and Motion Graphics: Brian Y. Marsh www.brianymarsh.com
Written and Narrated by: Kevin Fleming www.teloses.com

Citrus College supported the production of “Success in the New Economy” to help a broader audience begin to understand preparation today for tomorrow’s labor market realities. The end result is a compelling case for students to explore career choices early, make informed decisions when declaring their college education goal, and to consider technical skill acquisition, real-world application and academics (career technical programs) in tandem with a classic education. This balanced approach to life and learning results in a well-educated and employed workforce.

Leveraging his expertise in higher education and Career & Technical Education, Kevin Fleming adapted conference presentations and research to create this data-driven explanation. And award winning film creator and producer Brian Y. Marsh brought the data to life through animation.

The complete transcription of the video with data references is available here: http://www.citruscollege.edu/academics/cte/Pages/default.aspx

Post-High School Credential or Degree + Hands on Skills+ Perfecting what you are good at

Finding the BEST match for your future is as easy as…

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    Find a career that’s
    compatible with you.
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    Make sure it meets
    your needs.
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    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:

Interest Survey:

Personality Survey:
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.”
Career Clusters group occupations that require similar knowledge and skills into 16 groups. Read about career clusters, find out which jobs fall into each category, and learn about those jobs here:

Many colleges divide their programs into groups that go together called meta-majors or career paths. For example, Nursing, Massage Therapy, and Mental Health Counselor could all fall under the heading of Health Care. Check with your college’s website to see what career paths/meta-majors they offer and explore the different paths available to you in that area.
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.
Learn how:

Job shadowing is usually a one day, unpaid experience where you walk through the day with someone as their “shadow” and you get to watch and see what they do in person.

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A great way to find out about a field of interest is to volunteer at a business that is in the career field you want to learn about.  You get hands on experience in the field and can find out if you are really interested.

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

Volunteering on a community service project can do more than just make you feel good.  It can also provide opportunities for career exploration, professional networking, and skill building.

An Internship is a great way to get real world experience in a career in which you are interested. Internships can be paid or unpaid, but both can help you make sure that career field really is where you want be in the future, build your resume, and help you network for future opportunities. In fact, 97.6% of interns recommend internships to others and are more likely to get a full-time job when they are done with their training program.


Helpful Hint:

 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.

But this number does NOT include extras like vacations, the latest cell phone, nights out on the town, or savings for the future.  The Reality Check calculator can help you get a better idea of the income needed for the lifestyle you want based on where you live. 

  • Calculate the income needed
    for your family’s basic needs.
    Self Sufficiency Calculator

  • Calculate the income needed
    for your desired lifestyle.Reality Check Calculator

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?


Is this a growing career field?

You don’t want to spend time and money preparing for a career only to find that there are no jobs available when you graduate from your training.  Sometimes jobs go away because the economy changes, sometimes there are too many people competing for the jobs that are there.  Find out which jobs are in demand or if the one you are looking at will have demand in the future:
Discover which occupations are in demand or not in demand by occupation search.

See the top in-demand and not in-demand occupations in your county.

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Find the most in-demand jobs by job title, keyword, or salary range in Washington.

Washington Career Bridge

Where can you work? Explore the top 10 industries in Washington State.

  • COE Aerospace & Advanced Manufacturing
  • COE Agriculture Center
  • COE Allied Health
  • COE Clean Energy
  • COE Construction
  • COE Education
  • COE Global Trade
  • COE Homeland Security
  • COE Information & Computing Technology
  • COE Marine Manufacturing & Technology
Sometimes the job you want is in demand somewhere else.  Or perhaps you want to re-locate due to family or other motivator.  Here are three national resources for finding job outlook information.

AND last but not least…

Don’t forget to visit and take advantage of a career advisor, counselor, or specialist at your school or community service organization to get personalized guidance as you make your career plans.

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