Career and College Planning

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    • About.com Jobs and Careers  http://about.com/careers/
      • This website offers information and advice about career planning and your job search which is useful, practical and personally relevant.
    • AmeriCorps   www.americorps.org/
      • AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connects more than 70,000 people each year in service to meet our country’s critical needs from disaster relief to tutoring.  Find out how you can join this group.
    • America's Job Bank   www.ajb.dni.us/
      • This site allows employers to list current vacancies as well as for applicants to file resumes.  Also, it gives information about employment trends and job seeking strategies.
    • Art Institutes   www.artschools.com
      • Search and compare art and design schools, colleges, programs and workshops.
    • ASVAB Career Exploration Program  www.asvabprogram.com/
      • After a student takes the ASVAB Assessment, this site will help interpret the results and enable the student to evaluate his/her skills, estimate performance in academic and career endeavors, and identify potentially satisfying careers.
    • Bureau of Labor Statistics  www.nclabor.com
      • Data from the NC Department of Labor about the laws and programs that affect every worker can be found here.  This is helpful information for students planning their majors and careers.
    • Career Builder  www.careerbuilder.com/
      • CareerBuilder.com is a recruitment and career-advancement source for employers, recruiters and job seekers.  It has employment tips, links to career oriented websites, and career and College Planning Resources  www.khake.com/page51.html
      • Excellent site which provides links for students, parents and counselors for resources to self assessments, career planning, career development and college planning.  A complete list of career and technical education resources for each state is included. 
    • Career One Stop  www.careeronestop.org
      • CareerOneStop is an integrated suite of national web sites that helps businesses, job seekers, students, and workforce professionals find employment and career resources. 
    • College Board  www.collegeboard.com
      • Check here for the latest information about programs and services in college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning.
    • College Foundation of North Carolina   www.cfnc.org
      • CFNC is a nonprofit partnership which provides a broad expertise in helping students to prepare successfully for college and to fine the best financial aid alternatives.  This site is a complete and comprehensive source of information – and real solutions – for students and their families. 
    • Constructmyfuture  http://constructmyfuture.com/
      • This site was designed to allow students, parents and teachers the opportunity to explore and research careers in the construction industry.  Whether it is with trades – technical – or management, learn about these careers and where you can begin your education and training in this industry.
    • Cover Letters & Resumes  http://jobsearch.about.com/od/resumes/a/resumecenter.htm
      • A great site to help you with your resume, cover letter writing tips, thank you letters, references, job applications and job search correspondence help and advice.  
    • Health Career Information  www.nchealthcareers.com
      • This resource is designed to guide you through the process of determining if a health career is right for you; investigating which careers most closely match your interests and abilities; and helping you prepare for becoming a health professional. 
    • Job Corps   http://jobcorps.doleta.gov/
      • Job Corps is residential job training and education program for at-risk young women and men, ages 16 to 24, and prepares them for successful careers.  It provides a career development training approach which teaches them the skills they need to become employable and independent, and places them in meaningful jobs or further education.
    • Job Profiles   www.jobprofiles.org/index.htm
      • A career exploration and inspiration web site where experienced workers share their rewards and stress of their job, motivations, basic skills and advice with those just entering the career field.
    • Job Smart (Career Guides)  http://www.jobsmart.org/tools/career/spec-car.htm
      • This site is packed with information about planning your career. What kind of training or education is required? What can you earn? What kind of environment will you work in? What's hot? What's not?
    • Kuder Career Planning Guide  www.kuder.com
      • Kuder is an internet-based system combining research-based interest, skills, and work values assessments with portfolio development, comprehensive educational and occupational exploration resources, and administrative database management.  It allows you to store personal and academic information; search and save educational and occupational data; build resumes; and access assessment progress and results.
    • Life Works   http://science.education.nih.gov/LifeWorks.nsf/feature/index.htm
      • Lifeworks  is an interactive career exploration web site for information on more than 100 medical science and health careers by title, education required, interest area, or median salary.  The "Career Finder" can be used to generate a customized list of careers especially suited for users' skills and interests.  
    • Mapping Your Future   http://mapping-your-future.org/
      • This web site provides college, career and financial aid information and services for schools, students, and families.
    • Mathematical Sciences Career Information  http://www.ams.org/careers/
      • This resource is dedicated to providing career information and services to those students interested in a career in the field of mathematics.
    • NC Community College System  http://www.ncccs.cc.nc.us/colleges_map.htm
      • North Carolina's community colleges are your open doors to opportunity -- to great jobs, secure futures and limitless possibilities for lifelong learning.  About 800,000 students enroll in NC’s 58 community colleges every year. Visit this site if you want to know more about the state course offerings in one or more of the general areas of two-year college parallel, technical, vocational, and adult education programs.
    • NC Employment Security Commission  http://www.ncesc.com/
      • This resource will provide you information about employment services, unemployment insurance, and labor market information for the State’s workers, employers, and the public.
    • NC Courses of Study & Career Pathways  www.ncpublicschools.org/student_promotion/gradreq.html
      • Information about North Carolina Public School ’s course of study graduation requirements can be found here.  Make sure you are not left behind and understand what you need to acquire your diploma.
    • Obtaining a Youth Workers Permit  http://www.dol.state.nc.us/wh/ycertif.htm
      • Download and print a copy of the NC Youth Employment Certificate (worker’s permit) and find out all of the necessary information and requirements.
    • Occupational Outlook Handbook  www.bls.gov/oco/
      • The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives.  Revised every two years, the Handbook describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations. 
    • Personality Inventory  http://www.advisorteam.com/temperament_sorter/register.asp?partid=1
      • The Keirsey Temperament Sorter is a powerful 70-question personality instrument that helps individuals discovers their personality type.  It will also help you gain more insight into yourself and the people around you.  Thus, this insight is useful when selecting a career or choosing a work environment.  
    • SOICC Career Briefs   http://jobs.esc.state.nc.us/soicc/index.htm
      • This site will provide students, parents, teachers, and counselors with career information and products to assist them in exploring careers and making career decisions.
    • The Career Key  www.careerkey.org
      • Click on this website for an online assessment which measures your skills, abilities, values, and interest – the six Holland personality types.  Use the test results at the website to help with career choices – career changes, career planning, job skills, and choosing a college major or educational program.
    • The Princeton Review   www.princetonreview.com
      • This website provides timely advice about college admissions, grad school admissions, and the financial aid process and offers links to online tools and resources.  It offers relevant information for parents as well.
    • U.S. Department of Labor  www.dol.gov/
      • Data from the US Department of Labor about the economy, including projections and regional information can be researched here. 
    • What can I do with this major?  www.careers.siue.edu/majors/majors/default.html
      • Here is a website that will help you connect majors with careers.  For each major that interests you, you will be able to find an outline of common career areas, typical employers, and strategies designed to maximize career opportunities.  Also, there are links to find a list of websites that provide information about listed majors and related careers.
    • 17 Universities in the UNC System  https://www.northcarolina.edu/content/our-17-campuses
      • Explore this site to learn about the academic programs and their campuses included in the 17 universities in the UNC System.