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Employment - Career Preparation

This section focuses on engaging students in career exploration, career preparation, job search, and employment.

Career preparation and work-based learning is experience and instruction that occurs in the community, or brings community partners to the classroom, to help youth develop confidence in making informed choices about their future employment goals. This section focuses on engaging students in career exploration, career preparation, job search, and employment. Evidence-based practices that have proven effective in preparing youth for employment are career awareness, vocational education, and work experience.

Transition Planning: The Basics External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF; 54MB)
Career preparation and work-based learning are referenced on pages 12-21 and page 26 of this guide.

These pages also provide information on how to comply with elements 1-6 of the Indicator 13 requirements of the California Annual Performance Report (APR) External link opens in new window or tab. .

Career Readiness Skills

California Career Briefs External link opens in new window or tab.
Lessons to develop skills necessary for the workplace, student inventories and workbooks such as Speak Up and Handy Activities.

Partnership for 21st Century Skills External link opens in new window or tab.
A video series, Above and Beyond, and lessons on the 4Cs- collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and creativity.

Equipped for the Future External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
A work readiness skills chart.

I Seek External link opens in new window or tab.
A self-assessment of work skills.

Career Exploration

California CareerZone External link opens in new window or tab.
The CareerZone provides career exploration assessments that link students to over 900 occupations, with details that include preparation needed to enter an occupation, the median California salary and much more.

Connect Ed’s Work-based Learning External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
This comprehensive resource provides clarity for teachers, partners, and others who are seeking to implement a system of high-quality, outcomes-driven work-based learning for students. It defines a set of activities and outcomes ranging from career awareness to career preparation.

Road Trip Nation External link opens in new window or tab.
Videos of informational interviews, curriculum resources and strategies to research career opportunities.

Jobs Made Real External link opens in new window or tab.
A website of videos and career information developed by teens for teens.

National Youth Employment Coalition External link opens in new window or tab.
The National Youth Employment Coalition is designed to give youth a full range of educational, developmental, vocational, economic and social opportunities that they may need to become a productive and self-sufficient individual in society. The website offers resources such as career exploration and educational opportunities for students, parents, and teachers that would be useful throughout the transition process from high school to the post-secondary environment.

Career OneStop External link opens in new window or tab.
Videos that show the types of work people do in nearly 550 careers, organized by the 16 career clusters recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

DOR Student Services External link opens in new window or tab.
The Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) offers pre-employment transition services (known as DOR Student Services in California) to all students with disabilities in California who are eligible or potentially eligible for vocational rehabilitation services. These provide job exploration and other services in the early stages of the transition process to assist students with disabilities to begin to identify and prepare for postsecondary education and employment.

Career Preparation

Career Technical Education Programs
Programs of study that involve a multiyear sequence of courses that integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge to provide students with a pathway to postsecondary education and careers.

Career Pathway Programs External link opens in new window or tab.
Offers career pathway exploration activities that culminate in a career and education plan that drives the student’s course of study.

California Regional Occupation Centers and Programs (ROCP) External link opens in new window or tab.
ROCPs are designed to provide quality career preparation and technical education. ROCP provides training, industry certifications and links to employment opportunities. Many courses are dual enrollment courses. Students receive credit at the high school and the community college.

California Community College’s Career Builder External link opens in new window or tab.
Provides links and information to a variety of education, training and career preparation programs.

Bureau of Labor Statistics Career Planning External link opens in new window or tab.
This article helps high school students plan for careers and lists resources to assist with job seeking, career exploration, and more.

Employment Resources

Join the Military External link opens in new window or tab.
A one stop central information system for students who are interested in joining the military.

Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Test (ASVAB) External link opens in new window or tab.
Test required for joining the military.

California Conservation Corps (CCC) External link opens in new window or tab.
Offers students employment and continuing education opportunities protecting and restoring California’s environment and responding to disasters, becoming stronger workers, citizens and individuals through their service. Some CCC sites offer residential services.

Job Corps External link opens in new window or tab.
A free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. For eligible young people at least 16 years of age that qualify as low income, Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life.

AskEARN External link opens in new window or tab.
Connects employers with national networks of available job seekers in order to support the recruitment, hiring, and retention of people with disabilities. The site also includes soft skills tips, including interview and resume tutorials.

Entrepreneurship External link opens in new window or tab.
The Small Business Association (SBA) has an array of resources and information to assist individuals with disabilities start a business.

A Guide to Entrepreneurship for Youth with Disabilities External link opens in new window or tab.
Assistance from the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability to help youth develop their own business.

Questions:   Programs and Partnerships Unit | 916-327-0878
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, July 1, 2020
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