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Career and Job Search Resources

You have probably heard people say, “do what you love and the money will follow.”  In selecting a career, it is important to consider who you are and what you like and try to include that into your career choices.  In California we are so lucky to have amazing websites as resources to help you.

  1. Connect your interests to your career through surveys
  2. Explore lots of careers that match your interests
  3. Determine the job market for those careers and how much you will earn.
  4. Match that with your desires style of living (a fun survey that will tell you how much it will cost you to live the way you want!)
  5. Watch videos of people who work in areas of your interest
  6. Get tips on how to get experience to see how you like that career pathway
  7. More tips on prepared and applying for jobs that will help you get that interview.

Have fun exploring these sites!

  • cacareercafe

    Access tools to help you explore different career paths and develop skills to help you succeed in college and beyond.

    1. START by identifying your interests, strengths, skills, and passions and which options will lead you in the direction of a fulfilling career.
    2. EXPLORE California’s 15 Career Pathways in depth to learn which occupations may align with your interests and anticipated level of education
    3. EXPERIENCE work-based learning through internships, apprenticeships and mentorships. Learn how to do an informational interview and uncover what type of work best suits you by talking directly to professionals in that field.
    4. PREPARE by learning the tricks of the trade from hiring managers and top level executives on everything from writing your resume to acing the job interview
    5. APPLY with CalJOBS, a full service employment center for community college students where you can post your resume, apply to jobs and internships, and search training opportunities.

    Visit Career Café


    The California CareerZone system is a career exploration website that allows students and job seekers like you to learn more about the world of work and how you can be successful in it. The system is intuitive and easy to use so that you can jump in and explore careers, colleges, degrees and job opportunities right away.

    Visit CareerZone


    This site includes information on California high school and community college courses, career options, and financial assistance. It will help students make decisions about the right courses to take in high school and community college so that they have the opportunity to turn their passion into a great job and a great future.

    Visit Who Do U Want 2 B

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    The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. The BLS is an independent national statistical agency that collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates essential statistical data to the American public, the U.S. Congress, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, business, and labor. The BLS also serves as a statistical resource to the Department of Labor. BLS publishes information about the nation's economy: relating to employment, unemployment, and other characteristics of the labor force; consumer and producer prices, consumer expenditures, and import and export prices; wages and other worker compensation; productivity and technological change; employment projections; and safety and health statistics.

    Visit Bureau of Labor Statistics


    Compare salaries of recent graduates in specific programs through the California Community Colleges to get an idea about your potential earnings in the future

    Visit Salary Surfer

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    The Los Rios Internships & Career Services (LINCS) combines three college services that assist students and alumni with career training and employment needs. The Career Center, CalWORKS, and Co-op Work Experience and Internship Programs have teamed together to meet your job or internship search needs…and it’s free!  Through this site you can view available internships and jobs in the Sacramento region, post your resume for employers to view, and learn valuable tips on creating resumes and cover letters.  

    Visit LINCS


    A new online database being developed by the Foundation for California Community Colleges and the nonprofit Linked Learning Alliance aims to match high school and community college students with employers willing to hire them as interns. Linked learning programs combine academics with real-world work experience.

    The database, called LaunchPath, is the first of its kind in California. The online program will allow students and teachers to peruse and apply for internships at participating employers. Employers will be able to see if students have the qualifications and skills they’re seeking, making it easier to determine if applicants are the right fit.

    Visit LaunchPath


    The CalJOBS system is a redesigned online resource to help job seekers and employers navigate California’s workforce services by providing employment and labor market information for the State of California. The enhanced system allows users to easily search for jobs, build résumés, access career resources, find qualified candidates for employment, and gather information on education and training programs.

    Visit CalJOBS

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Whether your educational goal is to earn an Associate degree or certificate, transition into a new career, or transfer to a 4-year institution, American River College is dedicated to helping you reach that goal.

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American River College

American River College is a public community college that primarily serves residents of the six-county Greater Sacramento region. The college offers traditional classroom instruction, off-campus centers, and distance education online. Visit the ARC website

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