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MY FUTURE helps young adults plan their next steps in life by bringing together the most recently available information about colleges, careers and military service opportunities from the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Defense, Education and Labor. In addition to college admissions details, average salaries and employment trends, provides advice on everything from taking the SAT to interviewing for a first job to preparing for boot camp. Step-by-step planning checklists are also provided as a guide for users, and favorite job and school information can be saved for return visits.
Don't know how much money you will need to earn in the future? Don't know which occupation to choose? No problem! three options to help you choose.
The career module of the California Colleges web site helps you identify and prepare for a career that suits your interests, skills, and abilities. Career advice, lists of fastest-growing careers, career search activities based on your interests, skills, values, personality at
An integrated career and college planning suite of web sites sponsored by American Education Services. It includes career interest quiz, directory of careers linked to personality type, college planning, information on financial aid and more. Available at:
A career in the building and construction trades can be a rewarding experience. In addition to excellent pay and benefits, construction offers an opportunity to work outside, to work with your hands and to work as part of a team.  Take a quick self-assessment survey to see if you have what it takes to work in the trades.  Available at:
Union apprenticeship programs in California offering excellent career opportunities.  Available at:
This handbook is a national recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives.  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.  A copy of this book is available in the Career Center.  Available at:
Members serve through more than 2,100 nonprofits, public agencies, and faith-based organizations. They tutor and mentor youth, build affordable housing, teach computer skills, clean parks and streams, run after-school programs, and help communities respond to disasters. For 1-2 years of service, AmeriCorps members earn a living allowance, health care, and an education award to finance college or vocational training.
JOB CORPS is a vocational training and educational program for young people ages 16-24.  Trainees can live on campus or at home while training for careers in areas such as clerical, health care, culinary and many others. They also have the opportunity to earn a GED or high school diploma and to take college courses as they train for a career.  While with Job Corps, trainees have access to free medical and dental care, earn a living allowance, and will earn credit toward a lump-sum paid to trainees at graduation.  Qualifications: age 16-24 from a low income home, etc.  Information and application at
If you are seeking challenging outdoor work, new job skills, long-term career opportunities, education and a venture, the California Conservation Corps deserves a look.  Corps members typically work on natural resource projects such as landscaping parks, building trails and improving fish and wildlife habitat.  They also respond to environmental emergencies such as earthquakes, wildfires and floods.  No experience is necessary.  You are guaranteed a 40-hour work week and also can earn scholarships for college.  The Corps has 24 employment centers in California, some with dorms where you may live if you choose.  Corps alumni have gone on to become firefighters, park rangers, teachers, law enforcement workers, small business owners and more.  Check out the Corps at
PEACE CORPS began in 1960 when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries.  Today more than 190,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 139 countries all over the globe. They've been teachers and mentors to countless children. They've helped farmers grow crops, worked with small businesses to market products, and shown women how to care for their babies. More recently, they've helped schools develop computer skills and educated entire communities about the threat of HIV/AIDS.  Peace Corps Volunteers meet new challenges with innovation, creativity, determination, and compassion. These are the qualities that have allowed—and continue to allow the Peace Corps to achieve its mission.  Check out their website
CALIFORNIA BEAUTY SCHOOLS – A list of colleges offering training in many different beauty disciplines such as hairstyling, nail technology, esthetics and skin care, makeup artistry and more. Information about education, licensing, careers and salary for the beauty trades.
CALIFORNIA MASSAGE SCHOOLS – A directory of colleges offering massage therapy training for students interested in a career in holistic health and wellness. Includes information about education, licensing, careers and salary of massage therapists in California.