These websites connect majors with careers, but please know that in many, many cases, a person's major does not necessarily determine a career. There are many paths to a career.
Collegeboard.org’s Big Future: Wondering what the difference is between majoring in Engineering Mechanics vs. Mechanical Engineering? This website gives profiles of hundreds of majors and careers in a teen-friendly way. This site can help you understand what a particular major is, what your college courses might look like, and which colleges offer that particular major.
What Can I Do With This Major?: The University of Tennessee at Knoxville put together a list of more than 80 majors that you can find at many universities. For each major, you can see a truly wide range of possible career paths related to that major. In addition, this site gives you some very helpful tips that are specific to your major in making you a successful candidate for a job.
Naviance Family Connection: Want to take a survey or questionnaire to help you figure out your strengths, interests, and preferences for a possible career? Try the "StrengthsExplorer" or the "Career Interest Profiler" under the "About Me" tab in Naviance. The "Career Interest Profiler" can be reset and taken again multiple times, but the "StrengthsExplorer" cannot be reset. You can also explore the "Road Trip Nation" short videos to hear interesting and inspiring stories about how people from all walks of life came to the career they have today.
California Career Zone: A fun and informative website where you can take additional career interest surveys, explore career clusters, and even take a “Reality Check” survey that tells you how much you would need to earn in order to support the lifestyle you want. This website is sponsored by the California Career Resource Network.
UC Berkeley Career Center: Try some of these activities to help you evaluate what your career preferences might be.
O*NET Online: Ever wonder, what exactly does a __(insert random job title)___ do? Search this website to find out. O*NET will also give you a list of job titles that are similar to your original search entry. It will also give you a summary of what training, education, and skills are necessary to obtain that job. This summary can be very useful when exploring jobs—it helps you think about the kinds of relevant skills you might already have (GREAT for helping you craft a resume), and skills that you still need to acquire, either through formal training (apprenticeships, internships, etc.) or through education (community college classes, etc.). This website is sponsored the U.S. Department of Labor.
CareerOneStop: This website is also sponsored the U.S. Department of Labor. By searching for the Occupation Profile of any particular job, you can get information on wages, employment trends, knowledge, skills, and abilities, education and training, and web resources for that job or career. National, state, and local information is available, as well as trend and wage comparisons across occupations and geographical areas.
Medical Explorers Post #63: This organization is open to all high school students from San Mateo to San Jose who are interested in a career in Medicine. Meetings are twice month, the second and fourth Monday evening at the Palo Alto Clinic from 7-8:30pm. The meetings feature talks by doctors and other health professionals, information about new technology, discussions of controversial medical issues. There are also occasional afternoon field trip to labs, hospitals, and other medical facilities.
ACE Mentoring: This program is open students Gr. 9-12 who are interested in Architecture, Construction and Engineering. Students are paired with mentors who are current professionals in their field. Activities, field trips, projects, and more give students a hands-on education about careers in architecture, construction, engineering and building trades. In addition, participants have the opportunity to get scholarships for college.
Preparing for the SAT or ACT
Free Test Prep Options:
On-campus Option (suggested donation):
Qualifying for free or reduced lunch is one of the ways you could get a fee waiver to take the SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject tests for free. See your advisor at the College/Career Center.