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4 Ways to Explore Careers

4 Ways to Explore Careers

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  • Feb 15, 2021
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The type of education or training after high school you will need depends on what you want to do as a career. Explore your interests and options now, knowing that there's always room for change.

Consider passions and strengths.

There are countless resources to help you connect your interests and strengths to potential careers. Start with a fun, 1-minute psychometric color test or get more in-depth with a careers assessment or a quiz to determine possible college majors.

Research career options.

Get more in-depth career information and the education needed with Oregon CIS (school subscription required), Career Finder, Learn How To Become, or Career One Stop.

Hear from professionals.

Take advantage of guest speakers, career fairs and videos to hear from professionals in industries you're interested in. Use your family, friends and the community to network and make connections. Ask about their educational journey and what advice they have for getting started in your career field.

Try it out.

Volunteer, seek out an internship, or ask if you can job shadow with a local business to get hands-on experience and understanding of a particular career. Talk to a counselor or teacher at your school for help.

Originally published March 2018.