Explore Your Career Options
To get you started, we have a number of online resources that can help you explore career pathways. A brief description of each link is given below.
We strongly encourage you to make an appointment with one of our career advisors early on to assist you in exploring careers and choosing an academic path that will help you reach your goals.
Seattle Central Resources
- Career Planner (PDF)- This site is a large database of information on occupations and also has a variety of free online assessments to take.
- College to Career Program Finder – Explore programs available at Seattle Colleges (South Seattle, Seattle Central, and North Seattle colleges) based on academic pathway/area of focus.
Career Planning Tools
- BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook - The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) offers this handbook where you can research wages and employment trends. Use the filters to find careers that earn your desired wages, and match the education level you plan to achieve. Many career websites look to BLS as their source for national, state, and local data.
- My Next Move - In using the keyword search, this website makes it easy to identify related careers that have a bright outlook.
- My Skills My Future - Enjoy your current work, but ready for something more? Enter your current job, and receive recommendations for jobs and academic paths that could help you take your career to the next level.
- CollegeBoard – Research schools offering majors and programs of interest (especially helpful for any student planning on transferring to a 4-year university). Utilize the filters to narrow your results based on what’s important to you, such as location, affordability, selectivity, diversity, etc.
- PLSI (Paragon Learning Styles Inventory) - This site has a free Myers–Briggs based Personality Assessment and information about the 16 personality preference types.
- Humanmetrics–Types - This is a longer version of the MBTI–Jungian Type Assessment to assess your personality preference. The site has some fun information about relationships, leadership and entrepreneurial style as well as other information about the 16 different personality types. The initial test and result are free. There are a variety of other tests you can take on this website at a nominal fee.
- WDC Resume Builder Template (WDC/Career Coach) – Are you writing your first resume, or wanting to start over? This Workforce Development Council tool helps build out the formatting for you, so all you have to do is enter in the information you want to have on your resume. Click “Download My Resume” and you will then have a copy in a Microsoft Word document!
- Worksource WA - This is a very useful job-search website that provides resources for career training, financial assistance programs, and more. Worksource offices are located in several areas in Washington state.