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As you start to think about a career, here are a few pointers:

  • The earlier you start thinking about what you'd enjoy, the better off you'll be.
  • Get your high school diploma or a GED.
  • Take as many courses in math and science as you can.
  • Learn good speaking and writing skills.

Career Voyages has lots of information to help you learn about:

  • different types of careers,
  • knowledge and skills you must have and,
  • information about education and training opportunities.

A good resource to help you get started if you're still in high school is our Career Clusters section.

Career Voyages exists to help you find out which occupations are in-demand. To learn more about how these industries and occupations were selected, click here. This web site also gives those high demand occupations which do not require years and years of school. In fact, there are lots of alternatives to a 4-year degree, including, apprenticeships, vocational certificates, and 2-year degrees.

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What Should I Do First?

  • Dive right into one of the industries. Start learning about the kinds of jobs that are in demand:
Learn about the Career Voyages Industries

Advanced Manufacturing Aerospace Automotive Construction Education Energy Financial Services Health Care Homeland Security Hospitality Information Technology Retail Transportation Biotechnology Geospatial Technology Nanotechnology
  • Under other stuff, also on the upper left-hand side of your screen, find out what careers are growing in your state. Or learn about options at different levels of education and training.
  • Also under other stuff, sample Career Videos featuring real people doing real work.
  • You can also try our quick and easy Career Compass or the more detailed ACRN Career Decision-Making Tool to see which careers might fit your interests.
Career Compass  Not sure where to start or where
your interests could take you?
Try the Career Compass

ACRN - America's Career Resource Network
Career Decision-Making Tool
The tool shows students how to find a career that suits them, and get the education they need to pursue it.

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I Would Like Some Personal Assistance. Where Can I Go?

People must often make career decisions upon leaving school. It is important to know where to turn for help. Your local One-Stop Career Center has counselors ready to help you make the right career decisions.

View One-Stop Career Centers in Your Area
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