Complete a career interest and skills assessment:
Do a “reality check” of the kind of lifestyle you want and what it will take to achieve it.
Learn which occupations are projected to increase. Know what skills and education are required. Find what training and education are in your area through Career One Stop.
Plan your Edtion
Explore Educational Options
From an apprenticeship to four-year or community college, you have lots of choices when it comes to higher education. What’s next after high school? Even if you’re unsure what path to take after graduation, when it comes to higher education, you have lots of choices.
- Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree: A degree awarded after completing a two-year college program.
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree: A degree awarded after completing a four- or five- year college program
- Apprenticeship programs combine practical coursework and on-the-job training.
Apprenticeship programs train people interested in specialized trades such as plumbing, carpentry and electrical work, among others.
Prepare for College/Career
Taking the right courses while in high school is key.
- Concurrent enrollment at Las Positas College
- Tri Valley Regional Occupational Program
- Tri Valley Educational Pathways by High School
Participate in an after school program, internship or job shadow.
This after school enrichment program is for high school girls interested in careers in math, science, technology and engineering. More information is available at your high school career center.
- Junior Achievement
Working to inspire young people to dream big and reach their potential. Junior Achivement of Northern California.
An internship involves students working in their expected career filed, either during the school year or over the summer. An internship may be paid or unpaid. Learning by doing and being exposed to professionals working in the field provides valuable experience, a professional reference and may lead to a future position.
- Job Shadows
Job shadowing can give you a real life look at careers. Contact your high school Career Center.
Find a Job
Check the job board at your high school.