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Career aptitude tests

Career aptitude tests

These tests may help high school students gain ideas for what major or majors they want to study or the career they want to pursue.
Career assessment tests are usually put into two broad categories:
  • Career aptitude tests—assess your strengths and weaknesses to suggest career and college major ideas
  • Career interests tests—evaluate your likes and dislikes to help you choose a career or a college major
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Depending on the test, questions will ask about:
  • Skills
  • Values
  • Work style
  • Likes and dislikes
  • Personality traits
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Note that there are no wrong answers and more accurate answers students provide, the higher the chance the report will be beneficial.  
 
Most tests consist of a number of multiple-choice questions. There are usually four answers to choose from. Other tests ask that students choose whether the statements applies to them completely, not at all, or to a lesser or greater extent. The “neutral” option should also be available if you are undecided on some statements.
 

Try these assessments to start:


  • Interest Assessment A quick 30-question assessment that identifies your interests and matches them to careers

  • Skills Matcher Identifies your skills and matches them to careers that use those skills

  • Work Values MatcherHelps you identify the qualities that are most important to you in a career and the place you work 

  • You may also take online career assessment tests on these websites:
    • 123test.org
    • MBTI
    • The CareerExplorer
    • The Assessment.com
    • Barrett Values Center
    • The yourfreecareertest.com
    • Truity

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information technology pathway

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Information Technology Pathway - Software Engineer

Location is also important when selecting a career path. San Francisco, New York, and Seattle are amongst the most preferred cities where graduates can find software engineer jobs.

 

Job Title: Software Engineer

Summary: Design, program, and update software.

Salary Range: $70,138 - $112,000

Industry: Computer Software

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Career Technical Education

Career Technical Education (CTE) is a term for educational programs that specialize in the skilled trades, applied arts and sciences, modern technologies, and career preparation. Some examples of these programs are: automotive technology, construction, welding, culinary arts and early childhood education. Many community colleges offer certificates programs for certain jobs or trades. There are also private trade schools that offer similar training programs.Investigate your options carefully. Ask about job placement rates for recent graduates. Also, compare the costs of different schools.

Employment

You can research and apply for jobs either in person or on different websites. You will need a resume and possibly a cover letter to apply for many jobs. You can attend job fairs and network with as many people as you can to let them know that you are searching for a job.
Visit California Career Center to get a head start on resumes, cover letters and interview skills.
Career exploration

Career exploration

Career Exploration - 
Learning about different careers is a process. Students should not feel that they need to decide now what they will do for long-term work. But finding out which careers might be a good fit for your interests and talents can be fun! Utilize our Career Exploration page to find out information about careers that you already have in mind or take an interest inventory to have careers suggested based on your skills and interests. 
For students looking to explore their career path at home, these sites are a good place to start. Engaging in conversation with adults in a variety of occupations can provide some invaluable insight as well. 
California CareerZone – California CareerZone is a career exploration and planning system designed especially for students. We encourage students to create an account so they can track their search and note which occupations they find interesting. A good place for students to start is with the Interest Profiler. They can continue on to complete the Work Importance Profiler and Assess Yourself assessment. Comprehensive information on 900 occupations includes state specific wages, worker attributes, job characteristics, and much more. 
Career One Stop – Utilized nation-wide to explore careers, this website can also help students explore careers, as well as research types of training needed for different careers.  
Big Future – This is CollegeBoard's planner which allows students to find college majors based on their interests, get career ideas or watch videos to see how others decided on careers.