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Career & College Exploration

College Exploration Tools
Career Exploration
The career exploration process involves learning more about yourself, researching your options, trying new experiences, and creating a strategic plan to reach your professional goals. Whether you are deciding on a major or determining your career options, the College & Career Center is here to help you every step of the way. Use the following steps to guide your exploration. 

Step 1: Engage in Self-Assessment
Begin your process of self-discovery by reflecting on the following questions:
  • What are my interests and what do I enjoy learning about?
  • What do I like to do and what skills would I like to develop?
  • What are my talents and strengths?
  • What are my values?

Consider taking career assessments to clarify your interests, personality, skills and values. Below are a few helpful tools to get you started!
Step 2: Evaluate Majors and Careers
After conducting self-assessments, explore possible careers and majors that align with your results:
Step 3: Research Careers
Gather information about occupations, industries, and companies to assess your options:
  • O*NET Online: Provides comprehensive information on industries and specific occupations.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook: Features profiles for various occupations compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Glassdoor: Contains company information and employee reviews.
  • Reach out to professionals in your field of interest and request to job shadow or conduct an informational interview.
Step 4: Gain Experience
  • Join a student or professional club related to your area of interest.
  • Get involved in activities that complement your curriculum, including volunteer work, leadership positions, and research opportunities.
  • Build career-related experience by getting a part-time job with student employment or an internship.
  • Participate in Events and Programs that provide opportunities to gain insight from professionals in your field of interest.
HBUHSD has partnered with Choices Explorer to help students learn about college and career options. Students may check out and create an account. Please sign in through the "Site Id" section (second tab) to access the FVHS account. Below is the username and password.      
Site ID: 0010464
Password: fvhs