• Career Planning

    "If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there." ~ Lewis Carroll

    Career Development is for a life-time:

    • Develop an active approach to your career future.
    • Conduct a self-assessment of your interests, skills, values, needs and personality. This will be the foundation for you to identify conditions and opportunities that will satisfy you. Reevaluate when necessary.
    • Arm yourself with reliable career information. The more you know the more secure you will be.
    • Learn good job-search skills. Build a network of contacts and prepare yourself for changes.

    Career Exploration Opportunities

    Careers in Energy Week is Oct. 14 - 18! To learn more about hands-on workshops throughout southeast Michigan, click on this: Flyer on Careers in Energy week.

    MichiganELibrary Learning Express. Career Exploration online learning modules. MEL Library

    OSTC Cosmetology Information Night is scheduled for Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.  Cosmetology online application for the 20-21 school year is OPEN and can be found at www.OSTConline.com

    OSTC Career Night is Thursday, December 5 on the N. Oakland Campus (Pontiac) explore high-tech careers in many high-demand fields like: Computer Programming, Health Sciences, Robotics and more. Learn more at: ostconline.com/career.night 

    Career Planning Resources:

    America's Career Information Network
    Excellent resource for career information and decision-making. Includes national and state labor market data, industry info and occupation profiles.

    Beauty Schools in Michigan - www.beautyschoolsdirectory.com

    Career Cruising
    Students can create their EDP (Educational Development Plan) and explore career options, college majors, and financial aid/scholarships.

    CA Career Zone
    Based on Holland's Theory of Career Development, and provided by the Californian Dept of Education, this website allows students to do a free self-assesment, explore occupations, connect to possible college majors, and compare colleges and careers. The data is supported by O*NET, the U.S. Dept of Labor occupational information website.

    Careers in Bioscience
    Information about topics and careers in bioscience for students and teachers.

    Careers in Broadcast Communications
    The National Association of Broadcasters provides information, resources and contacts for careers in broadcast communications.

    Careers in Construction
    Find out about executive careers in construction at this site.

    Career Key
    Find help choosing a career and college major at this site.

    Careers in Public Relations
    The Public Relations Society of American provides information, resources and contacts for students interested in careers in public relations.

    Careers in the Skilled Trades
    Skilled Trades are careers that often require less schooling and debt than a four-year degree. With the skills you develop through professional trades careers, you can earn a great salary and benefits sooner than you imagined. Check this website from the State of Michigan for more information about opportunities. These jobs are in demand for fields like healthcare, information technology, advanced manufacturing, construction and automotive. Employers in Michigan are now seeking talent to fill these roles more than ever before!

    OCC overview on in-demand Skilled Trades

    Council for Interior Design
    Offers information on schools in the US and Canada with accredited programs. CID-accredited programs prepare students to meet the professional standards of the industry.

    A tool to help explore life after high school including careers, colleges, financial aid and majors.

    Engineering - A Guide for High School Girls
    Discover if engineering is a career you'd love. Check out this website about engineering especially designed for high school girls.

    Engineering, All about
    What does it take to become an engineer?? All the information you need is right here.

    Jobs Made Real
    Website designed to help teens make decisions about career path. Features videos of people describing and engaged in doing their job; also provides statistical data on job forecast and career information in a fun and entertaining way.

    Jung Typology Test
    Based on Jung and Myers-Briggs theories of personality, this test will help you to identify your personality type and understand differences in people. The information can also be used to select activities and careers that are popular with your type.

    Mapping Your Future
    Look here for help planning a career, selecting and paying for school. Mapping is provided through agencies associated with the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) 

    Oakland Community College Skilled Trades overview: Click here to watch

    Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Search for information on specific occupations. Job outlook, description, wages, education-level required, etc. are provided by the Bureau of Labor & Statistics.

    Online occupational information system includes skills required for each job.

    Career Profiles:

    • Physician Assistant:
      Physician assistants (PAs) practice medicine under the supervision of physicians and surgeons. PAs are formally trained to provide diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive health care services, as delegated by a physician. About 136 education programs for physician assistants are accredited or provisionally accredited by the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
    • Aerospace Engineer:
      Aerospace engineers design, test, and supervise the manufacture of aircraft, spacecraft, and missiles. Those who work with aircraft are called aeronautical engineers, and those working specifically with spacecraft are astronautical engineers. Find out more from The Sloan Career Cornerstone Resource Center.

    "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt