Career Bound Students
High school is the time to explore your interests and determine your aptitudes so that you may direct yourself towards a career that matches your interests and abilities. Once you’ve determined a potential career you will be able to determine whether your post-high school goals will be focused on immediate entry into the workforce through an apprenticeship or vocational training program or the military, attendance at a vocational/trade school, attendance at a community college, or attendance at a 4-year college, perhaps even followed by grad school.
Step 1: Explore your interests and aptitudes.
It is important to choose a career that matches your interests and abilities. Aptitude tests can help you to identify career areas that are best for you.
- NAVIANCE Log on through the student portal
Your Naviance Family Connections website is active for students and parents. Students can visit the site to do Career Exploration, College Searches and many other independent activities. Parents and students can access Naviance through their Portals. Contact the Bella Vista office if you need help.
Step 2: Research careers.
Based on what you know about yourself, look for careers in which you will excel. Find out what you need to do to enter those fields.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - information from the US Department of Labor
- California Careers Info - career development resources
- O'Net Online - occupational information network
- Mapping Your Future - career exploration tool
- ASVAB - career exploration program provided by the military
- US Department of Labor Hot careers for the future
Step 3: Prepare in high school to meet your career goals.
High school courses, directly and indirectly, will help you meet your career goals. For example, if you are interested in being a medical technician, courses in Health directly relates to your goal and courses in Mathematics indirectly relates to your goal. Meet with your counselor to select appropriate courses.
Skills Employers Want from their Employees
- Leadership. You need to be able to show your employer that you can lead and manage people. Leaders have great communication and organizational skills.
- Interpersonal. As in "interpersonal communications." Most jobs require people who can communicate effectively with their co-workers, customers, and suppliers.
- Problem solving. Employers like to hire people who can find problems and fix them.
- Motivated. A paycheck can motivate you, but employers want to hire people who want to do good work, not just for themselves but for the company.
- Efficient. How much work can you do in a given block of time? Do you organize yourself well? Employers want people who are not only productive, but who can manage their time.
Step 4: Locate post high school education options.
Government agencies, community colleges and private organizations offer job training. Take the time to research all of your options for career education.
- Vocational/Technical Education
- Job Corps - vocational training program from the US Department of Labor
- Employment Development Department - agency of the California government
- Apprenticeship Programs
- AmeriCorps - 10 month community service program - room and board and travel covered
- Peace Corp
- Sacramento Employment and Training Agency
What is ROP?
The Sacramento County Regional Occupational Program provides tuition-free job training, career guidance, and job placement to area high school students and adults. It is a joint effort of the Sacramento Co. Office of Education, the San Juan Unified and other school districts, local businesses and industries. ROP is funded by the California Department of Education.
In addition to their general education classes in high school, Junior and Senior (must be 16 years of age for work permit and driver's license) students enrolled in ROP receive specialized instruction in their choice of vocations. While earning elective credits and learning an employable skill, ROP students are placed in “real work” positions in the business community. They not only learn about the practical application of those skills, and receive a certificate of such, but also develop an understanding of the employer/employee relationship and teamwork in the workplace. Students who already have jobs can earn credits in related ROP/CVE Programs. Students must provide their own transportation.