Internet Sites for Career Planning
The Internet offers us, as career development professionals, a huge variety of resources to use as we work with students and clients. There are so many in fact, that searching for the best or most useful ones can take many hours of online research. It is our hope that we have done most of the preliminary work for you. We have undertaken a time-consuming effort to collect, organize, curate, and publish online, a listing of free, current, and credible resources that are available on the Internet and are useful to career counselors, coaches, and specialists as they work with clients. The point is to list the best resources, as determined by a group of capable volunteers, not necessarily all possible ones.
In addition to the professional judgment of the volunteers, specific criteria were used for acceptance. Sites included should:
- Follow the mission of NCDA which is “to inspire and empower individuals to achieve their career and life goals” and may not violate the NCDA non-discrimination policy.
- Be viewable by anyone with Internet access without any major or substantial services requiring payment (in other words the critical information is free)
- Contain accurate, factual, unbiased, and current information
- Have strong and obvious relevance to career development
- Be easy and clear to navigate
- Provide information of use to the client
- Be professionally prepared and executed (embedded links work, presentation is professional, grammar correct, no typos, extra resources and assistance provided when appropriate).
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[Note: These links were updated in October 2017, thanks to our capable Volunteers]
NOTE: Many well-known, reliable, and valid assessments are currently available online from their publishers. Therefore, we have not included all assessment tools on this page, but invite readers to reference the NCDA publication “A Counselor’s Guide to Career Assessment Instruments, 6th Edition” (Wood & Hayes, 2013) for more complete information and reviews. This short list of primarily free resources includes tools potentially suitable for youth, young adults, and older clients, but it is necessary for the practitioner to review each prior to using to determine the suitability for their clientele and appropriateness to their scope of practice.
This site provides a “personality” (or preference) assessment that returns a 4-letter code similar to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Users will answer questions and be provided with detailed free information about their type with the option to explore all 16 types. There is a strong “Our Theory” page that describes how the assessment was created and where to go for additional information.
The MAPP is an interest survey designed by the International Assessment Network in Minneapolis, MN. A free sample MAPP Career Analysis is provided to help individuals identify their preferences for working with people or things, and other job characteristics; it also suggests some occupations that match these preferences. The resulting report is sent to the user via e-mail, outlining his or her “natural motivations and talent for work” and matching these to five occupational descriptions from O*NET.
The Department of Defense provides high schools with the Career Exploration Program as a career planning and exploration program. This is free to the schools and students and can provide career path information that students may not be considering. It includes an aptitude and interest assessment with links to occupations.
This site has free online self-assessments for interests, skills, and work values. Users who take the assessments can print and/or save their results and compare with occupational information.
In addition to the Career Decision-making Difficulties Questionnaire (CDDQ), this site includes seven more free assessments designed to assist individuals in the process of making a career decision by helping them clarify difficulties and providing a framework for career decision-making organized into a three-stage process. Information about and access to Making Better Career Decisions (MBCD), an Internet based career planning system, is provided. There is a special section of the website with information specifically for career development practitioners.
Career, education, finance, leadership, and personal plans for success for students. Start with the assessments and learn how to create smart goals and action plans.
These instruments will help individuals identify their work-related interests, what they consider important on the job, and their abilities in order to explore those occupations that relate most closely to those attributes.
The O*Net Interest Profiler is an assessment of client interests based on Holland’s theory (RIASEC). This page has direct links to the four forms of the interest profiler including a 60-question web-based version, a 30-question mobile-friendly version, a paper and pencil hand-scored version, and downloadable software. A Spanish Language version of the online assessment can be found at http://www.miproximopaso.org/explore/ip
A career guidance tool that allows students to respond to questions and identify the top three Career Clusters of interest based on their responses. This pencil/paper survey takes about fifteen minutes to complete and can be used in the classroom or for presentations with audiences who have an interest in career exploration. The survey is available in English and Spanish and can be viewed and printed.
What's important to you in a job? Discover how much you value achievement, independence, recognition, relationships, support, and working conditions in a job. Get a list of jobs that reflect your values.
General Occupational Information
From exploration and self-assessment, to educational options and information, to occupational information, to salary and economic trend data, CareerOneStop is a comprehensive website with resources and tools for any stage of the career development process. The site contains quality and up-to-date information as well as a searchable directory of American One Stop Centers for clients to find local career development assistance.
Careers.Org is a source for employment, job search and career education information across the world. It includes detailed information about over 1000 occupations, including wages, skills, and links to corresponding college programs and career, job and educational resources for states, cities, and counties in the United States, as well as Canadian Provinces and international countries.
This site contains both summary and detailed information on occupations in the US economy as well as the ability to search for information by various criteria such as job family, industry, skills, knowledge, interests, green jobs, bright outlook occupations, and several others. It is produced by the federal government, is updated frequently, and contains state and national wage information, occupational projections, related occupations and opportunities for more information from professional and trade associations. It is considered to be the basic occupational information for various other websites and career guidance systems.
This is the “go to site” for comprehensive information on occupations and their requirements. Occupational information can be search by several criteria such as wages, education level, training, and job growth. It is updated and produced every two years by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the official agency responsible for collecting and analyzing occupational information.
Industry and Occupation-Specific Information
NOTE: This section includes select resources that provide industry- or occupation-specific career information categorized first by cluster, then by field. Most are professional association websites. If you cannot find information that matches your interest, use the resources found in the General Occupation Information section of this webpage to search for information specific to your desired field/occupation.
Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
American Society of Agronomy https://www.agronomy.org The American Society of Agronomy is the professional home for Certified Crop Advisers and Certified Professional Agronomists.The Society provides information about agronomy in relation to soils, crop production, environmental quality, ecosystem sustainability, bioremediation, waste management, recycling, and wise land use. The Career Tools page (located under Careers) provides information about the field of agronomy, career profiles, and colleges and universities that offer programs in agronomy and soil science. There is even a separate section for kids.
DAIRY AND ANIMAL SCIENCE
American Society of Animal Science https://asas.org The American Society of Animal Science represents science and business of producing domestic livestock species, (e.g., beef cattle, dairy cattle, horses, poultry, sheep, and swine). The website includes a career center that defines animal science and provides information about career opportunities including job titles and types of employers.
Society of American Foresters http://www.eforester.org This site provides information about certification, employment opportunities, and the issues and challenges facing forestry today.
The Tree Care Industry Association http://www.tcia.org The Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) is a trade association of 2,300 tree care firms and affiliated companies. This site contains information about careers in arboriculture, certification, and colleges and universities that focus on arboriculture, urban forestry or forestry.
American Society for Horticultural Science
http://www.ashs.org ASHS represents scientists, educators, students, landscape and turf managers, government, extension agents and industry professionals. The site includes information about what horticulture is, certification, and the career paths and opportunities in horticulture.
American Veterinary Medical Association
https://www.avma.org In addition to journal articles and current events, this site provides educational and career resources for veterinarians, veterinary students, veterinary technicians, and veterinary educators.
North American Veterinary Technician Association http://www.navta.net This site includes information about becoming a veterinary technician, credentialing, specialties, and career resources.
Architecture & Construction
The American Institute of Architecture Students http://www.aias.org This is a non-profit, student-run membership organization representing students in the architecture profession. In addition to providing news, membership and scholarship information, this site provides many career resources for emerging architects.
The Associated Builders & Contractors http://careers.abc.org "Careers in Construction" provides information about opportunities in construction by state and type of craft (carpenter, electrician, insulation, HVAC, ironworkers, welder, pipefitter, plumber, sheet metal worker, and sprinkler fitter).
Electrician Careers Guide http://www.electriciancareersguide.com The Electrician Careers Guide is designed to take individuals with zero knowledge of the field to a clear idea of the profession. This resource details every aspect of an electrician’s job, provides information about career options, educational requirements, personality traits of successful electricians, and a section specifically for female electricians.
Home Builders Institute http://www.hbi.org This site provides overviews of occupations related to home construction including job descriptions, salary estimates, economic growth projections and links to resources/job openings.
Mason Contractors Association of America: Careers http://www.masoncontractors.org/careers This site provides masonry career pathway information, a job board, and training/education information.
American Society of Landscape Architects https://www.asla.org "Your Path to Landscape Architecture" describes how to become a landscape architect including what architects do, degree programs, licensure, and preparation for the Landscape Architect Registration Examination (L.A.R.E.).
Industrial Designers Society of America http://www.idsa.org In addition to member news and events, this site contains interviews with professionals, and information about industrial design schools and scholarships. The "What is ID?" page includes a YouTube video and information about industrial design and also provides color photos depicting the design process.
Success for Women in Solar http://www.letsgosolar.com/consumer-education/women-in-solar The LetsGoSolar.com team has created a guide that encourages girls and women to envision their paths to a clean energy career and thus help bridge the gender gap within the renewable energy industry. Included are career paths for girls and women, advice from successful women in the solar industry, and top solar salaries.
Arts, A/V Technology & Communications
Art Bistro http://artbistro.monster.com/ This site is an offshoot of Monster.com designated for career advice and job leads for artists. Information on how to become an artist, art careers, education resources, and a job board are provided.
Student Art Guide http://www.studentartguide.com/ Student Art Guide is a site dedicated to helping students of the arts explore and gain information about careers in the arts field. Users will find articles, resources, career information and more.
The American Art Therapy Association
http://www.arttherapy.org This is a nonprofit organization for professionals and students in art therapy. This site contains an overview of the profession, FAQs, and information about educational requirements.
The Art Career Project http://www.theartcareerproject.com This site contains information about every art career imaginable, a searchable list of art schools, employment opportunities, and profiles of professional artists.
The Association of Medical Illustrators http://ami.org The Association of Medical Illustrators promotes the power of visual media to advance scientific understanding, communication, education, and research. This site also contains information about the field of medical illustration, how to enter the field, and board certification.
Council for Interior Design Accreditation https://accredit-it.org The governing body that evaluates and accredits Interior Design programs website has information on how to find education programs, professional standards for interior design education, career-related information for students and parents and information on the NCDIQ exam.
- International Interior Design Association http://www.iida.org This website contains current events information, interior design-related publications, and a career center with tips, resources and a job board for opportunities in interior design.
- American Dance Therapy Association https://adta.org The professional association related to dance therapy has an entire section of its website dedicated to information related to how to become a dance therapist. Information on training programs, jobs, and continuing education is provided.
- Careers in Dance http://www.aboutdanceschools.com Learn about the variety of career opportunities in the world of dance including the history of dance, possible careers, dance schools, and more.
- Fashion Schools http://www.fashion-schools.org This site provides information about fashion schools, degrees, and careers. It also includes professional career profiles.
- Style Careers http://stylecareers.com This website is primarily a job board for fashion jobs, but also has career information, current events news in fashion, employer information, and job search tips and advice.
- Backstage https://www.backstage.com Backstage is an online job and professional development hub for actors (film, TV, voiceover, and theatre). While users have to join to view full job listings and casting calls, helpful free resources, articles, and career-related information is housed on the site as well.
- Broadway World http://www.broadwayworld.com This website contains information about current events and education in theatre. The “student” section has information on education, degrees, and schools that offer training in a variety of theatre-related occupations.
- Creative Skill Set http://creativeskillset.org/creative_industries This is a UK website, but it contains transferable information related to types of creative industries and informative descriptions of job titles (“roles”) in film, tv, visual effects, radio, and more.
- Get In Media – Film & TV http://getinmedia.com/industry/film-tv This site contains articles with career information specific to occupations in film and television.
- Playbill http://www.playbill.com Playbill is a live theatre information website. It showcases articles about current events and news in theatre and has a job board for theatrical openings for performers and non-performers in the field.
- Work In Entertainment Blog https://www.workinentertainment.com/blog While there is a cost to become a member of this site, the blog information and career advice resources are free and cover a range of entertainment and media-related careers.
- American Institute of Graphic Arts http://www.aiga.org AIGA is the professional association for design. Select Resources to access the AIGA Career and Education Guide to learn what graphic designers do and to obtain information about design schools.
- Animation Career Review http://www.animationcareerreview.com A site dedicated to helping individuals learn information and find opportunities in animation. The “Careers in Animation” tab has information on types of job titles, employer information, industry trends, salary information and more.
- Game Career Guide http://www.gamecareerguide.com This website has information on how to pursue a career in the virtual gaming industry (design, production, and other related careers). Users will find a “digital counselor” feature that helps them locate information that matches their interests as well as news articles, school information, a job board, and forums.
- Radio Television Digital News Association https://www.rtdna.org/ Career, training, scholarship and current events information in digital news is available at this site. There is also a free job board for news-related careers.
- Society of Professional Journalists https://www.spj.org The Society of Professional Journalists is the professional organization for journalists. This web site provides resources and information about ethics, freedom of press, diversity, and education. It also offers career advice, employment opportunities, and resources for students and young professionals.
MEDIA and COMMUNICATIONS
- Association of Writers and Writing Programs https://www.awpwriter.org A career and industry information resource for writers. There is a career section with a job board (create a free account to access), career advice articles, and videos.
- Discover Interpreting http://discoverinterpreting.com Website detailing career pathways in interpreting with occupation information, sample job titles, education and training resources, and videos of professionals in the field.
- InfoComm International https://www.infocomm.org/cps/rde/xchg/infocomm/hs.xsl/index.htm A site with information on careers in audio/visual technology. Users will find articles, event information, a career center with special features for students, podcasts, videos and more.
- National Communication Association http://www.natcom.org This web site provides resources, news and support for communications professionals. It also contains a career center, and career information including a definition of communications, the history of communications, and a list of specializations within the discipline of communications.
- National Systems Contractors Association https://www.nsca.org/ NSCA is a not-for-profit organization serving as a resource and advocate for communications industry technicians. Occupation and industry information, a career center, blogs, and other resources are accessible via this site.
- New Jersey Communication Association http://njca.rutgers.edu/resources/communication-careers.html This web site contains links and an exhaustive list of possible job titles for communications majors in industries such as business, advertising/marketing/sales, journalism, communication education, television/broadcasting, public relations, theatre/performing arts, government, high tech industries, health care, international relations, law, human services, labor relations, higher education, and research.
- Radio Television Digital News Association https://www.rtdna.org/ Career, training, scholarship and current events information in digital news is available at this site. There is also a free job board for news-related careers.
- American Music Therapy Association http://www.musictherapy.org This is the professional web site for music therapists. Visit the Education & Careers page for information about a career in music therapy, educational requirements, licensure, schools, personal qualifications, and employment opportunities.
- Careers in Music https://www.berklee.edu/careers-music Created by the Berklee College of Music, this site provides information about a wide array of careers in music in composition, business, education, production, therapy, performance, and song writing.
- Get In Media- Music Industry http://getinmedia.com/industry/music This site contains career information related to specific occupations in music performance and music production fields.
- MajoringinMusic.com http://majoringinmusic.com/ Users will find music blog posts, articles, scholarship information, summer music program information, school information, and more. There is a special section for parents, teachers, and counselors.
Business Management & Administration
- Careers in Business http://www.careers-in-business.com This site was developed by business professionals to provide general information about a variety of business careers in accounting, finance, management, and marketing. It also includes information about jobs, salaries, entry requirements, and provides a list of related on-line and print resources.
American Economic Association https://www.aeaweb.org The American Economic Association is the professional organization for economists. The Resources for Students page contains information about career opportunities and graduate schools in economics.
Association for Talent Development (ATD) https://www.td.org This site has career information, videos, a job board, and other resources for individuals in talent development, human resources, and related fields.
The Balance- Human Resources https://www.thebalance.com/human-resources-4074009 The Balance is an About.com brand and was created to help people achieve financial empowerment. The section on Human Resources includes career and job search information, tips, and advice for new and seasoned professionals.
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) https://www.shrm.org/ Pronounced “Sherm,” SHRM is the primary professional association affiliation for human resource professionals. There is a “learning and career” section dedicated to help individuals explore and prepare for careers in human resources.
Education & Training
National Education Association www.nea.org The "Student Program" section provides information about careers and salaries, classroom tools, articles, and other publications.
Teacher.org http://www.teacher.org This site contains detailed occupation information and perspectives on teaching career pathways from elementary up through post-secondary and library occupations. There is also state-by-state information on how to gain teaching certification.
To Become A Teacher http://tobecomeateacher.org For anyone interested in becoming a teacher, this site includes career track information, interviews, licensing requirements, job listings, live mentoring for students, and much more.
American Library Association http://www.ala.org The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world. In addition to news and issues, this site sponsors Librarycareers.org, a source of information about library related occupations and working conditions, educational requirements, and types of libraries. There are even sections written specifically for kids and teens.
Society of American Archivists
http://www2.archivists.org Occupation information, resources for how to become an archivist, employability videos, publications, and education/training information are available through this site.
- Careers in Finance http://www.careers-in-finance.com This site provides information about careers in finance, links to other resources, finance job listings, recommended books, and a list of helpful headhunters.
American Institute of CPAs “Become a CPA: Getting Started” pages http://www.aicpa.org/BECOMEACPA/GETTINGSTARTED/Pages/default.aspx This is a landing page for resources and information on how to become a certified public accountant in a variety of specializations. Powerpoints, articles, licensure information, and more are included.
Be an Actuary http://www.beanactuary.com This site was created by the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) and the Society of Actuaries (SOA). Learn what an actuary is, what they do on the job, how to get started, which schools to attend, and if you are suited for a career as an actuary.
Appraisal Institute http://www.appraisalinstitute.org/appraisal-profession Information about the role of an appraiser is provided here with links to education, certification, and professional development resources. This site also contains fact sheets on the profession and market data along with current events news.
Government & Public Administration
GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
NOTE: Most states have their own individual state government websites that may be found via an internet search. Below are resources for US federal government and public administration.
Careers in Government https://www.careersingovernment.com Although primarily a job search engine, Careers in Government contains a Career Resources section that includes articles about the public sector, career advice, and industry trends.
GoGovernment http://gogovernment.org/ This site provides information and tips for exploring and applying to positions within the US federal government. Sponsored by the Partnership for Public Service.
Public Service Careers http://publicservicecareers.org The Public Service Careers web site helps individuals find jobs, offers career advice, and provides information about degrees and careers in public service and public affairs.
US Department of Defense Civilian Careers http://godefense.cpms.osd.mil/index.aspx Users will find information about specific jobs, career pathways, and how to work for the US department of defense in a variety of fields.
US Department of State Careers https://careers.state.gov Information and videos about career pathways within the US department of State can be found at this site.
USAJobs https://www.usajobs.gov The primary job portal for US federal government positions, there is also information to help users explore hiring paths by population and a help center with more information about working for the government.
American Historical Association https://www.historians.org The "Jobs & Professional Development" page contains career resources for history majors.
Organization of American Historians Career Coach ® http://www.oah.org/career-coach This section of the OAH website contains advice, articles, online resources, and job listings for people interested in working in history occupations.
National Council on Public History http://ncph.org This site provides information about the public history field including a definition of public history, how historians work, a free job board and other resources.
- Today’s Military http://todaysmilitary.com This site gives information on careers, training, pay, and resources for individuals interested in joining any branch of the US military.
US Military Branch Recruitment Websites
NOTE: The following sites provide detailed information for each US military branch related to career pathways/specialties, how to join, lifestyle, and information for important others.
US Air Force https://www.airforce.com
- US Army http://www.goarmy.com
- US Coast Guard https://www.gocoastguard.com
- US Marine Corps https://www.marines.com
- US National Guard Careers https://www.nationalguard.com/careers
- US Navy https://www.navy.com/
American Political Science Association http://www.apsanet.org The American Political Science Association is the professional society for the study of political science. Select the Careers tab for information about career options in political science.
- Explore Health Careers http://explorehealthcareers.org Explore Health Careers provides reliable, up-to-date information about the health professions. It provides information about a wide variety of health careers, professional profiles, and the latest issues in health care.
American Chiropractors Association https://www.acatoday.org This is a non-profit organization representing the chiropractic profession in America. The "What is Chiropractic" section explains the profession, offers key facts and lists qualifications for working in the field.
American Dental Association http://www.ada.org The ADA is the professional organization for dental health professionals. The Education/Careers page contains career-related information including career brochures and fact sheets for dentistry, dental hygiene, dental assisting, and dental laboratory technology.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Career Resource Pages http://www.eatrightpro.org/resources/career Users will find several pages of information on how to become a dietician/nutritionist tailored to specific populations, e.g. international students, DPD graduates, career changers, high school students. There are also career and professional development resources like employability articles and a job board.
NutritionEd www.nutritioned.org NutritionEd.org provides prospective students and future professionals the tools to assist them in reaching their career goals in the nutrition, dietetic and health and wellness fields. There is also information about career specialties, salaries, state requirements, schools, and jobs.
American Massage Therapy Association https://www.amtamassage.org This is the professional association for Massage Therapists. Visit the Career Guidance section to access the Career Path Quiz and career information.
Association of American Medical Colleges https://www.aamc.org The Association of American Medical Colleges contains educational information for medical students and professionals. The Students page features a tool to help students navigate their journey from pre-med through residency.
American Medical Association https://www.ama-assn.org This site has “Education” and “Life and Career” tabs with information for individuals at any stage in their medical education/career. Users will find tips and resources for aspiring med students, individuals pursuing residency, graduates, and practicing physicians.
New England Journal of Medicine Career Center http://www.nejmcareercenter.org/careers A job board, articles, and free downloadable career guide publication for physicians are available here. The guide covers topics like typical schedules, compensation information, and classified ads for opportunities
American Association of Colleges of Nursing Students Pages http://www.aacn.nche.edu/students Provides education and career-related information for individuals interested in pursuing nursing degrees from the RN to graduate degrees.
American Nurses Association Career & Credentialing http://www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/CertificationandAccreditation This section of the ANA website contains a “career center” with a free job board, professional development resources, and certification/credentialing information.
Best Nursing Degree http://www.bestnursingdegree.com Best Nursing Degree is a nursing education resource, featuring a directory of over 2,300 nursing schools. The site also includes information about nursing careers, how to become a nurse, and features a New Nurse Survival Guide.
Nurses for a Healthier Tomorrow http://www.nursesource.org/career_info.html In-depth profiles of nursing occupations, career and life management resources, education resources, and job outlook articles are available at this site.
Nursing Careers and Specialties for RNs http://www.registerednursing.org/nursing-careers/ Use this site to obtain Information on careers within the nursing field such as how to become one, the specialties within nursing, salaries and requirements, continuing education for career growth, and more.
American Occupational Therapy Association http://www.aota.org AOTA is the professional organization for occupational therapists. Select the Education & Careers tab for online career and employment information including video clips from occupational therapy students.
ORTHOTISTS AND PROSTHETISTS
American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists http://www.oandp.org The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists is the professional organization for Orthotists and Prosthetists. The Career Info page contains information about careers in orthotics, prosthetics, and pedorthics as well as educational programs, scholarships, and links.
- American Pharmacists Association http.www.pharmacist.com/career-center This site can help you identify the pharmacy career option that is appropriate for you by providing information and guidelines you will need to carry out the process
Pharmacy is Right for Me http://pharmacyforme.org Created by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Pharmacy is Right for Me provides students, parents, and educators with interactive tools, resources, and testimonials about career opportunities in the field of pharmacy. Learn about the field of pharmacy, career paths, educational opportunities, fun facts, and more.
American Physical Therapy Association http://www.apta.org APTA is the professional organization for physical therapists. In addition to information about professional practice, patient care, advocacy and member news, the site contains career information about becoming a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant.
American Society of Radiologic Technologists https://www.asrt.org This is the professional organization’s web site for radiologic technologists. Visit the Careers page to learn about the field of radiologic technology.
American Association for Respiratory Care http://www.aarc.org The American Association for Respiratory Care is the professional organization for respiratory therapists. The Careers page contains information about careers and career planning in respiratory therapy.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association http://www.asha.org The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the professional organization for Speech & Language Pathologists and Audiologists. Visit the Students page for information about careers in communication sciences and disorders.
Hospitality & Tourism
- HCareers http://www.hcareers.com Although primarily a job search web site, Hcareers also contains employer profiles and career advice from professionals and employers.
- Monster Hospitality Careers Page https://www.monster.com/hospitality-careers This page contains industry overview information, career resource articles, and links to job opportunities by title in the hospitality field.
American Culinary Federation http://www.acfchefs.org/ Contains “Resources” and “Jobs” tabs with industry insights, a salary calculator, an industry calendar, employability resources, and a job board.
Culinary Schools http://www.culinaryschools.org Culinary Schools provides information about culinary careers, schools, career paths, and jobs.
National Restaurant Association Career Page http://www.restaurant.org/Restaurant-Careers These webpages contain job descriptions, education information, career development resources, and more for food service professionals.
American Society of Travel Agents https://www.asta.org The “Education/Careers” tab contains information on how to become a travel agent, links to education resources, a professional ethics page, and a “career center” with a free job board.
National Recreation and Park Association http://www.nrpa.org Contains detailed career profiles, education information, and an online career center for parks and recreation jobs.
Working Vacations: Jobs in Tourism and Leisure
https://www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/2010/winter/art01.pdf A Bureau of Labor Statistics guide providing information on careers in tourism including job outlook, wages, and typical activities.
The American Anthropological Association http://www.americananthro.org Select the Advance Your Career tab for career and educational information about the field of anthropology.
ART, MUSIC & DANCE THERAPY
The American Art Therapy Association http://www.arttherapy.org This is a nonprofit organization for professionals and students in art therapy. This site contains an overview of the profession, FAQs, and information about educational requirements.
American Dance Therapy Association https://adta.org The professional association related to dance therapy has an entire section of its website dedicated to information related to how to become a dance therapist. Information on training programs, jobs, and continuing education is provided.
American Music Therapy Association http://www.musictherapy.org This is the professional web site for music therapists. Visit the Education & Careers page for information about a career in music therapy, educational requirements, licensure, schools, personal qualifications, and employment opportunities.
COUNSELING / MENTAL HEALTH / PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES
American Counseling Association https://www.counseling.org The American Counseling Association is the professional organization for counselors. The Career page contains information about the counseling profession, specialty areas, and employment.
All Psychology Careers http://www.allpsychologycareers.com Explore careers in psychology, counseling, social work, therapy, and military psychology. The site also discusses schools, degrees, licensure, and salaries.
American Psychological Association http://www.apa.org The American Psychological Association is the professional organization for psychologists. Select the Careers tab for career-related information.
Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP) student page http://www.cacrep.org/for-students A page describing the different specializations within the counseling field. Users will also find information on education programs and frequently asked questions about the field on the general site.
Online Counseling Programs https://onlinecounselingprograms.com/ Individuals can explore 10 different counseling careers with guides on obtaining an online master's degree from an accredited university. Additional resources include a look into mental health professions, counselor education interviews, salary information, trends and news blog posts, and supportive counselor education and career resources.
The Social Work Career Center http://careers.socialworkers.org This site is affiliated with the National Association of Social Workers and is dedicated to helping users explore careers, find jobs, and learn about education and professional development in social work. A job board and employability tools are also available.
AHIMA Careers in Health Information Management http://www.ahima.org/careers An online career center for students and those interested in health information management fields. Occupation and salary information as well as career preparation tools and mentoring program information are provided.
Computer Science Online Guide to IT Careers http://www.computerscienceonline.org/information-technology a comprehensive site that provides information about IT career pathways and resources for education, training, certification, and more.
Conquer: Computing Science Research Association http://conquer.cra.org/students This site is tailored toward college students, but provides videos and information about pursuing careers and graduate school education in computer research.
IT Career Finder http://www.itcareerfinder.com/it-careers.html This site provides IT career path descriptions, training and certification information, a job board, video tutorials, and other helpful resources for those interested in entering the field of IT.
Medical Billing and Coding.org http://www.medicalbillingandcoding.org This site provides information about the field of medical billing and coding, education and certification requirements, career information, and advice from experts.
Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
Court Reporting Take Note http://www.crtakenote.com The National Court Reporters Association produced this web site to introduce readers to career opportunities in court reporting and its related fields such as web casting and communication access realtime translation. This site graphically illustrates how court reporting is done and includes information on careers, salaries, schools, and job outlook.
Crime Scene Investigator Network http://www.crime-scene-investigator.net/csi-response.html This web site offers a variety of articles, tips, and resources for individuals interested in Crime Scene Investigation and Crime Scene and Evidence Photography.
Criminal Justice Degree Schools: CJ Careers http://www.criminaljusticedegreeschools.com/criminal-justice-careers This site provides information on potential criminal justice-related programs of study as well as occupations/jobs affiliated with criminal justice. A sortable table with sample jobs and occupation/education information is provided along with a link to find schools that offer criminal justice programs.
Criminal Justice Programs.com http://www.criminaljusticeprograms.com/criminal-justice-careers Provides detailed descriptions of occupations and degree programs. Also contains interviews with professionals and industry articles.
Police Employment http://www.policeemployment.com This web site contains a police job board, educational information, tips and advice, and career profiles of law enforcement related jobs at the federal, state, county, and city levels. Each career profile contains a brief description, required training and education, and employment and/or job outlook information.
American Academy of Forensic Sciences https://www.aafs.org/# The “students” and “resources” tabs of this website contain information on career pathways, education opportunities, journal articles, and a job board for those interested in forensic science careers.
Young Forensic Scientists Forum https://yfsf.aafs.org The Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) is a group within the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) dedicated to the education, enrichment, and development of emerging forensic scientists. This web site provides resource links to professional associations, as well as career and educational information.
American Bar Association for Law Students: Career Resources http://abaforlawstudents.com/start-your-legal-career This site provides resources related to law specialties, career pathways, jobs/internship listings, and more.
Law School Admissions Council http://www.lsac.org/index This website contains information for anyone interested in pursuing a law degree in the US (JD and LLM). Entrance exam information, education information, and articles on topics like funding law school and application tips are included.
Lawyer Information http://www.lawyerinformation.org This website covers a variety of aspects of the legal profession including how to become a lawyer, the bar exam, scholarships and grants, salaries, and information about choosing a specialty field. The How to Become a Lawyer page includes a brief history of the legal profession, tips to prepare for a legal career, educational requirements, what law school is like, and finding a job.
National Association of Legal Assistants https://www.nala.org Information about paralegal professional pathways, education, certification and more can be found on this site. Also included are a job board, employability tips, and industry articles.
National Center for State Courts http://www.ncsc.org Provides information related to US court occupations, a job board, describes areas of the court system, and contains education/training/certification resources.
Paralegals.org https://www.paralegals.org This is the National Federation of Paralegal Associations website. Users will find education, training, and certification information; professional development resources; commentary on current events topics; a career center with free job board, and more.
US Courts: Judges and Judgeships http://www.uscourts.gov/judges-judgeships Information and resources related to becoming a judge in the US federal courts including articles and videos.
Careers in Welding http://www.careersinwelding.com Learn about the high demand career of welding including welding professionals and company profiles, salary information, videos, and fun facts. Courtesy of the American Welding Society and National Center for Welding Education & Training.
Monster’s Manufacturing Careers page https://www.monster.com/manufacturing-careers Information and links to descriptions of jobs and opportunity listings, employer information, and Bureau of Labor Statistics information is located on this site.
O*Net’s Manufacturing Career Cluster page https://www.onetonline.org/find/career?c=13 A collection of links to official O*net descriptions of manufacturing occupations including description, salary/job growth projections, and links to opportunities/training.
Society for Mining, Metallurgy, & Exploration http://www.smenet.org The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) is a professional society representing all professionals serving the minerals industry in more than 100 countries. To learn about careers in the mineral industry and mining and minerals schools, visit the Student page.
Marketing, Sales, and Service
American Marketing Association https://www.ama.org This site contains job descriptions, learning and development resources, employer information and other resources for individuals at the high school level through professionals.
Careers in Marketing http://www.careers-in-marketing.com This site has information about careers in fields like retailing, product management, and market research. There are also links to related sites, listings of marketing jobs, and recommended books.
Public Relations Society of America Resource Library http://www.prsa.org/resource-library This portion of the PRSA website contains resources related to all things Public Relations. From education resources for undergraduates to career and job hunting tips for professionals, this site has tools and information to help users at any stage in the career development process.
Institute of Real Estate Management: Careers http://www.irem.org/careers A job board and career development articles related to topics in real estate.
Kaplan Real Estate Education https://www.kapre.com/resources/real-estate/how-to-become-a-real-estate-agent This site is sponsored by Kaplan, but contains several articles related to exploring and deciding whether or not to pursue a career as a real estate agent. Also provides links to state licensure requirements.
National Association of Pharmaceutical Representatives (NAPS) http://www.napsronline.org/cnpr-pharmaceutical-sales-program/break-into-a-pharmaceutical-sales-career This page of the NAPS website contains a video and detailed information on how to pursue a career as a pharmaceutical sales rep.
National Retail Federation Career Center https://nrf.com/career-center Users will find videos and articles about retail occupations, employability tips, education/training information, and a job board in the Career Center. The main site has additional resources for current events and professional standards information.
SERVICES (PERSONAL): COSMETOLOGY, CAREGIVING, FITNESS, FUNERAL
Academy of Sports Medicine https://www.nasm.org Information on training/certification, professional development and specializations in personal training/personal fitness.
American Association of Cosmetology Schools http://beautyschools.org Information on careers in cosmetology, education/training and scholarship information, and industry current events.
Behind the Chair http://www.behindthechair.com A website for students and industry professionals in cosmetology. A free job board and industry articles, videos, and education information are available.
Child Care Aware http://childcareaware.org Information and resources for starting and running a childcare business and/or becoming a childcare provider. State-by-state resources are included.
Inner Body Careers in Health: Home Health Aide http://www.innerbody.com/careers-in-health/how-to-become-a-home-health-aide.html Provides general occupation description, links to education, and job outlook information for those interested in becoming a home health aide.
International Nanny Association http://nanny.org/resources/nannies Information about how to become a nanny, specializations, best practices, certification, and more can be found on this site.
National Federation of Personal Trainers https://www.nfpt.com/resources Provides occupation information, education/certification resources, and professional development resources for those interested in personal training.
National Funeral Directors Association http://www.nfda.org/careers/overview This site gives information on funeral services careers. A free job board and online career center with employability resources is included.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Career Cornerstone Center http://www.careercornerstone.org The Career Cornerstone Center is a non-profit resource for those exploring career paths in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, computing, and medicine. Learn about preparation, specialty areas, a day in the life, salary, employment, career path forecasts, and links to professional organizations for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Science Buddies http://www.sciencebuddies.org Science Buddies is a non-profit site that provides free science project ideas for students K-12, parents, and teachers. Select Science Careers and browse through information about careers in earth and physical sciences, life sciences, engineering, math and computer science, and health. Each career profile provides basic career information such as salary, job outlook, and degree requirements. There are even videos featuring interviews with real scientists.
STEM Career http://stemcareer.com Created by Dr. Rich Feller at Colorado State University, this site was developed to encourage students to consider STEM careers, this site contains a comprehensive collection of STEM resources for students, counselors, educators, and parents.
The American Astronomical Society https://aas.org/careers The American Astronomical Society is an organization of professional astronomers I North America. The Careers page provides numerous career resources such as career profiles, career workshops, academic and nonacademic career advice, employment stats, networking, and more.
Careers in Biology https://www.emporia.edu/biosci/general-information/careers-in-biology.html Developed by Emporia State University, this web site contains a list of links about careers in specific fields of biology.
Careers in the Biological Sciences https://www.aibs.org/careers This page was created by The American Institute of Biological Sciences. Careers in the Biological Sciences provides an overview of career options, education, and job opportunities for biologists.
American Institute of Chemical Engineers https://www.aiche.org This site has many videos and articles related to aspects of the chemical engineering field. Users can learn about important topics, search for education resources, and find job opportunities in chemical engineering via this resource.
EngineerGirl http://www.engineergirl.org The EngineerGirl website was designed for young girls to bring national attention to the exciting opportunities that engineering represents for women. The site features interviews with female engineers, A Day in the Life, Ask an Engineer, career descriptions, fun facts, competitions, and links to engineering achievements.
Engineer Your Life http://www.engineeryourlife.org Engineer Your Life is a guide to engineering for high school girls. It contains profiles of inspiring women, descriptions of different types of engineering, and educational advice. Major funding for this web site is provided by The National Science Foundation and Northrop Grumman Foundation. Additional funding is provided by Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr and the United Engineering Foundation.
International Union of Operating Engineers http://www.iuoe.org This site contains information related to training, education, and working in a variety of operations engineering occupations.
National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying http://ncees.org information on education and licensure for engineering and surveying fields may be located here. The “educator’s resources” section contains professional perspective videos.
TryEngineering http://tryengineering.org Try Engineering is a portal about engineering and engineering technology careers sponsored by IEEE, IBM, and TryScience. There are descriptions about the lifestyles and experiences of engineers, engineering majors, and education programs. Students can also play engineering games and browse questions answered by students at universities and to practicing engineers.
Entomological Society of America http://www.entsoc.org The Entomological Society of America (ESAS) is a non-profit organization serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and individuals in related disciplines. The Career Center/Career Resources page contains career articles, and volunteer and job search information. ESA also publishes Entomology Today which, among other articles of interest, includes profiles of famous female entomologists.
Environmental Science http://www.environmentalscience.org The purpose of EnvironmentalScience.org is to provide reliable information about environmental science education and careers. The site contains information about degrees and careers in all environmental science related careers, as well as information about internships and scholarships.
American Association of Geographers http://www.aag.org/cs/what_geographers_do The About Geography Careers section of this web site provides information about what geographers do, where they work, salary, professional profiles, preparing for a career, and more.
American Mathematical Society http://www.ams.org/profession/career-info/career-index The American Mathematical Society is a non-profit organization whose mission is to further the interests of mathematical research, scholarship, and education. It also contains career, educational, and employment information for high school, college, and graduate students.
American Statistical Association http://www.amstat.org Founded in 1839, the American Statistical Association is the professional association for statistics professionals. The Education page provides an overview of the statistics field and information on how to become a statistician.
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics http://www.siam.org/careers The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) is a non-profit organization that bridges mathematics to the worlds of science and technology. The Careers and Jobs page provides career and job search information and resources including an online guide to careers in applied math.
We Use Math http://weusemath.org This non-profit website highlights over 40 careers and occupations that use math. There are also blogs, career information, fun facts, and tips for succeeding in math.
Nanowerk http://www.nanowerk.com In addition to news, jobs, and databases, this site features an Introduction to Nanotechnology that provides information about what nanotechnology and nanoscience are, materials, and applications. The Resources page contains videos and other topics of interest.
American Society of Limnology and Oceanography http://aslo.org/employment/studentops.html The American Society of Limnology and Oceanography is the professional organization for researchers and educators in the field of aquatic science. In addition to member news, The Student Programs page offers information and resources for undergraduate and graduate students in the aquatic sciences including careers, student employment, internships, and graduate opportunities.
Careers in Oceanography, Marine Science & Marine Biology http://www.peterbrueggeman.com/ocean/career.html This is a collection of oceanography-related links to career information from sources all over the country. The career directory is divided into three sections: general guides; marine biology, marine mammals, zoos and aquariums; and other sources.
Marine Careers http://www.marinecareers.net Marine Careers provides information about a wide range of careers in marine science and profiles of people who work in those fields. This site was created by Sea Grant, a component of NOAA.
American Meteorological Society https://www.ametsoc.org The American Meteorological Society is the professional organization for meteorologists. They promote education and research in the atmospheric sciences. Visit the Education & Careers page to learn about careers, events, certification programs, and employment.
American Physical Society http://www.aps.org The American Physical Society is a non-profit organization representing physicists in academic, laboratories, and industry. To learn about careers in physics, jobs, and career advice, visit the Careers in Physics page.
WILDLIFE / ZOOLOGY
National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association http://www.nwrawildlife.org This is the home of the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association. To learn how to prepare for a career in wildlife rehabilitation, visit the Opportunities page.
Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute https://nationalzoo.si.edu This is the website of the Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute located in Washington, D. C. To learn about career opportunities and working at a zoo, select Education, then Wildlife Careers. As a bonus, you can view web cams and learn about the more than 300 different animal species housed at the zoo on the Animals tab.
Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
American Trucking Association http://www.trucking.org contains current events information, training/education information, economic trends articles and more.
ASE Industry Education Alliance http://www.asealliance.org The Alliance is a network of non-profit organizations whose goal is to improve the quality of automotive education. Individuals interested in a career in the automotive industry can find schools and programs, learn about career options and industry certification, and read success stories from students across the country.
Commercial Vehicle Training Association https://cvta.org/cvta-member-schools/choosing-the-right-school.html The CVTA website contains this student page which gives an overview of commercial driving FAQs and provides links to training programs by state.
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association https://www.aopa.org/training-and-safety/learn-to-fly This web site features of variety of aviation information, biographies, and resources about people who fly. The Learn to Fly section contains provides information about career options, educational requirements and schools, and answers to commonly asked questions.
National Air Traffic Controllers Association http://www.natca.org The “Resources” section provides an overview of the air traffic controller occupation while the “About NATCA” section has a job board and other information about the field.
Institute for Supply Chain Management https://www.instituteforsupplymanagement.org This site contains news and current events articles/information related to supply chain management as well as a career center with employability resources and free job/internship boards.
Logistics Degree http://logisticsdegree.net Logistics Degree is an online guide to the field of logistics and supply chain management. It contains information about careers, job prospects, education, and a blog from a veteran supply chain professional.
MHI http://www.mhi.org The professional association for materials handling professionals. This site offers a learning center with job listings, explanations of supply chain management fundamentals, links to education programs, and provides current events news for the industry.
Association of American Railroads https://www.aar.org This site offers industry information, current events and policy articles, and a job board for rail-related opportunities.
US Maritime Administration https://www.marad.dot.gov Users will find resources for education, training, and career preparation to become a mariner. Special resources for women and veterans may be located under the “mariners” section.
Post-Secondary Education Information and Training Options
This is a free resource for information on degree programs, specialty training opportunities, financial aid, certification and accreditation, and licensing for the various states. It also includes career information and links it to education and training plans. There are links to additional training and education information and articles on how to ensure the quality of the training before signing up for a program. The Local Training Finder tool helps users locate opportunities for training in their desired geographic area.
This tool from the National Center for Educational Statistics gives access to information on more than 9,000 colleges, universities, and postsecondary vocational and technical schools in the U.S. Users may search the database by location, type of institution, program and majors offered, availability of housing, and many more options. Users have the option of selecting several school profiles for side-by-side comparisons, and all search results can be sent to a valid e-mail address, printed, or exported as an Excel spreadsheet. The site and all of its information is also available in Spanish.
Information on how much it costs to go to different colleges. The center uses and analyzes several federal government databases.
This US Government site offer you the ability to find colleges and universities and compare them on size, cost, graduation rate, student debt pay down, salary after attending, percent of students obtaining federal loans, and others.
Nonprofit educational association that sponsors a nationally recognized accrediting agency for distance education programs. The site includes distance education activities within an institution and it provides a single source of nationally recognized accreditation from the secondary school level through professional doctoral degree-granting institutions. Users visiting the website can find a searchable directory of accredited high school and college degree programs, including some offered by federal and military schools.
Job Corps is 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.
This resource provides brief articles on tips and ideas to consider when in a career transition. It also offers an assortment of resources that include Colleges, Online Education, and various Guides for specific categories of workers.
This publisher of guides to colleges provides this free searchable resource for information on a variety of training and education programs, including undergraduate and graduate programs, online schools, and help for international students. Among the many descriptions of institutions and degree possibilities are articles on applying for college (both undergraduate and graduate), selecting a school and a program, financing education (financial aid as well as grants/scholarships), and more.
The publisher of U.S. News and World Report produces one of the most well-known guides to education information on the web. Dedicated sections of this area of the website focus on high schools, colleges, community colleges, graduate schools, online programs, and global universities. Various articles are provided on topic such as financial aid, STEM, writing essays, college applications, etc. USNews.com also lists the annual rankings of colleges and graduate schools.
Free Training Opportunities
The site offers more than 750 courses in such areas as personal development and soft skills, business and enterprise, digital literacy and financial and economic literacy. There is even a course to assist in selecting a career path.
A center in your location may be able to provide career related training. Search by zip code and distance to find the center nearest you.
EdX is an online learning destination and MOOC provider, offering high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners globally. Nearly 1000 courses are available so include many specifically related to career development.
This site contains numerous courses that may help your clients sharpen their skills. The site's focus is life-long learning.
From the makers of Microsoft tutorials, you can access almost 200 online, self-paced tutorials in math, career, reading, everyday life. You don’t need to register to access the courses, but if you do register, the site will keep a record of your learning for you. Tutorials on job search, career planning, and workplace skills may be most useful.
This site contains hundreds of self-paced courses primarily in math, but also in economics, science and engineering, coding, college admissions, and test preparation.
Through the LINCS find self-paced online courses, and searchable resources you can find training in such areas as adult basic education, family literacy, adult secondary education, computer literacy, and others.
This site makes available virtually all MIT course content. It is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.
You can find business related courses and webinars to help start and maintain a business.
On this site your will find many short courses in the areas of business, careers, technology, academics, marketing, lifestyle, health, etc. Type in a course topic in the search window and sort by price (free) to find what is available. Overall, the site claims to have 42,000 courses.
Click on the Learning Center tab to see several courses on starting a business, government contracting, finance a business, marketing, and managing a business.
Financial Aid Resources
Helps individuals learn about financing options for education and training. Information included covers exploration of costs, tools for finding scholarships, tax information related to education and training, and budgeting guides.
This is a one-stop center for all of the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid (FSA) programs. Available in English and Spanish, this site guides users through the process of preparing for college, selecting and applying to schools, securing funding from a variety of sources, attending college, and repaying loans. Information is available for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students as well as parents, international students, and other targeted student populations.
FinAid is an information hub for education-related financial aid resources including topics such as scholarships and fellowships, loans savings, and military aid programs. Visitors will find comprehensive information on various financing options, advice on how to approach each, important legislative information, warnings about potential problems and more. Calculator tools are available to help students and parents estimate costs as well as special guides to help educators work with clients around financial aid issues.
FAFSA offers easy access and application processing for college funds. A few portions of the site require the user to create a login and password to save profile information, store applications, and customize areas for specific needs.
Developed by a partnership between the Council of Graduate Schools and TIAA-CREF, this site is geared toward students considering graduate education, but the information provided is relevant for anyone interested in learning about the factors involved with financially supporting higher education. Users can access a debt estimation tool, information about the different kinds of loan interest rates, cost of living information, loan repayment resources, and links to other financial aid education sites.
Peterson’s has search tools for scholarships and other funding resources for both undergraduate and graduate education. Users answer a few questions about themselves and the education they are pursuing and lists of scholarships, fellowships, awards, prizes, etc. are returned that match the information provided. The site boasts over $10 billion in scholarship awards.
This sites has a variety of financial information. Placing your cursor over the “Plan for College” section uncovers additional links on saving for college, scholarships, grants, financial aid, types of loans and a college planning toolbox. The tool box offers several calculators and articles of interest.
The Southern Regional Education Board has created a program to increase access to college programs for participating institutions in 15 states (Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia). The program, known as the Academic Common Market, allows students living in these states who are interested in programs NOT offered at home-state institutions to apply for consideration for in-state tuition rates at participating out-of-state institutions. Individuals must fill out the application in order to be considered and not all institutions participate in the program.
Resources for students, parents, and educators as they consider study abroad programs. By visiting the faculty and advisers section you can find documents such as Campus Best Practices: Supporting Education Abroad & Student Career Development provides a practical guide to best practices and program models in study abroad career integration using specific examples across a variety of campuses in the US. Also offers a framework for understanding, maximizing, and leveraging the career implications of study abroad participation.
This blog by field expert Martin Tillman addresses a diverse set of topics relevant to leveraging education abroad for student career development and employability. Tillman’s weekly discussions about national and international research, publications, and perspectives, make this a must-read resource for staying current in the field.
This website belongs to the world's largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange. By browsing “Education Abroad” topics under the professional resources tab, you will find documents such as the Study Abroad Career Plan: A Guide for Advising Students. Students may complete the assignments on their own, or use the key questions as talking points for career advising.
This site summarizes the latest official government national 2014-2024 projections for labor force by age and ethic group, industry, and occupation. Links are provided for additional labor force demographics, major industry and occupation sector, and the industries and occupations with largest or fastest growth.
This site summarizes the latest monthly national workforce data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Narrative and tables include unemployment rates by age, sex and race; length of unemployment; part time and discouraged workers; employment by industry; length of workweek and average hourly earnings. Links to accompanying data tables provide detailed information on these and related workforce categories.
This site provides the official government national information on hundreds of occupations including number of jobs and job outlook, duties, education and experience requirements, pay, and sources of additional occupation.
This site provides two and ten year occupational projections for each state and occupation.
All states have similar (but not as detailed) workforce trends and related data as the Bureau of Labor Statistics but their information is provided in different formats and reports. This site provides the link to the state agency research bureaus that compile that information which can then be accessed for the various reports for their state, metropolitan areas, and counties.
The blog on this site contains resources for career professionals and job seekers. Some free professional development and resume writing tips are offered.
Contains helpful article and resume writing tips for the career development professional. Examples topics are a resume checklist and resume verbs. There are some extra newsletters from the Career Planning Network that could be useful.
Site contains a step-by-step guide to crafting a resume.
This site contains resources on professional resume writing for job seekers and career industry professionals to include such tips as resume phrases, client questionnaire, verbs to use on the resume, etc.
This site contains questions plus tips and resources to ace the job interview.
This is a series of applications that you can use to provide opportunities to practice video interviews.
Monster provides resources for a successful interview including such items as 100 interview questions to prepare for.
A program that delivers several interview questions and asks you to answer them as you would in an interview.
This sites offers dozens of articles and resources on the job interview.
The guide covers in-depth the topic of asking questions in a job interview by the interviewee. It discusses why job candidates should ask questions, what questions to ask and which questions to avoid.
The sites contains tips for practicing the interview.
On this site you will find tips and some resources for video interviews.
Tools for Researching Employers
Use the Business Finder to locate businesses that may be hiring in your field by entering a business name, industry, or occupation, and a location.
Employees and former employees anonymously review companies, give pros and cons, share information about the interview and job search process and report which companies employees rate the highest. The Company Reviews tab will bring you to a section where you can search for employers and see what employees think about working there and find typical salaries.
Navigate to a location on Google Maps. Use the "Search Nearby" feature to look for a type of company.
Though LinkedIn has many functions, to find companies enter the company name in the search window, find a university to see where their graduates work. Another great way to find companies is to look at the “People also viewed” feature while on a company page. You can also see the people who have or do work there and network with them.
Meetup is a site for people with all kinds of interests to find each other. Many groups are focused around particular industries and are attended by employees or hosted by employers. Joining the right Meetsups can provide the opportunity to meet people in the same field and contact prospective employers.
You can explore the inside of top companies, and meet the people that work there. This can give you an idea of the workplace setting and the company culture.
You can order printed or online versions of annual reports (for free). For selected companies you can obtain corporate and financial information.
Search by company name, industry, location and size to learn the basic information about a company such as basic statistics, locations, competitors, name of the CEO, etc. The site provides an opportunity to read and/or submit a review.
Job Search Instruction and Advice
The Job Search portion of the AARP website has articles and resources related to job search that are applicable to any individual (not just those over 55). Users can explore resources related to finding a job, unemployment, applying and interviewing, part-time jobs, and employer partnerships.
CareerOneStop is career development hub sponsored by the US Department of Labor. The Job Search page links out to advice, tips, and resources related to executing a successful job search.
This page is full of viewable/downloadable free PDF instructional documents that are particularly informative. See the “Section VI: Opportunities” section for guides specific to job search in a variety of contexts (full time, part-time, temporary, academic, etc.).
This website is dedicated to helping individuals perform a “smarter” job search. Users will find articles and posts related to a variety of job search-related topics tailored toward specific audiences (e.g. career changers, those who have lost a job).
Since its inception, LinkedIn quickly became one of the primary social media outlets used by employers, professionals, and job seekers to connect and network with one another. One special feature of LinkedIn is the Careers Articles page which contains information related to career building and job searching.
This section of the Monster.com website is dedicated to job search tips and advice. Articles, videos, guides, and links to the Jobsessed podcast can be found here.
This site describes itself as a “one-stop source for the latest career tools, job search tips, and expert advice” for individuals at any stage in their career.
Job Listing Sites
CareerJet is an employment search engine that provides a selection of job offerings by referencing listings from job boards and recruitment agencies and sites. CareerJet posts worldwide opportunities including listings from North America, Europe, Central America, South America, Africa, Asia, Caribbean, and the Middle East.
CareerBuilder is a job search community that allows a job seeker to store a resume online without posting it in the database. It offers the option to sign up for job alerts and provides online job search tips. Registered users can create up to five personal search profiles to track new jobs added to the database, and an e-mail message can be generated to a user when a match is discovered.
CareerOneStop is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor and a partner of the American Job Center network. This site offers a variety of resources for career exploration, training, and jobs. Specifically, the site links job seekers to state job banks, employment agencies, military options, and job fairs.
Many employers listed on CoolWorks are hospitality and guest service industry oriented – and what is considered to be “Jobs in Great Places.” There are also heaps of great outdoor adventure outfits, educational jobs, as well as conservation and environmental jobs and some internships.
Dice is the leading job site specifically for tech careers. The site allows users to search extremely specialized tech positions, opening the door to finding more niche tech jobs. Dice offers a unique feature to search for positions that are remote or require telecommuting, along with part-time, full-time, contract, and third-party postings.
This website page provides links to internship opportunities available in each agency or department of the Federal Government with links to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate who offer internships in their DC or home offices. A link to state, county and city jobs is also available.
Glassdoor acclaims itself as one of the fastest growing job listing and recruiting websites in the Internet. The site allows users to search millions of job postings, research salaries, research interview questions, and connect to company reviews all in one place.
Idealist is a website committed to connecting individuals who “want to do good” with opportunities that allow them to collaborate and take action. Users will find jobs, volunteer, internship, and other service opportunities/events to attend by using the search function on this site.
Indeed is a well-known job search engine that aggregates listings from online job boards, newspapers, associations, and company career pages for job and internship listings. Users can search job listings by state, industry field, salary, experience level, job type, and location. Indeed accepts paid job listings directly from employers in addition to collecting online postings in one location. Create a free account for daily and weekly alerts with notifications going to your inbox.
After registering on the site, you can search for various internships for college and high school students. The site includes some tips for a successful internship and for turning the internship into a job.
The site provides an internship search engine and regular blog focused on students and recent graduates.
This site provides internships by category and most are international opportunities.
LinkedIn is an online social networking site and also offers access to job postings by location, company, industry, experience level, and more. LinkedIn allows users to discover potential job opportunities based on profile preferences for free. If users want to stand out or access direct messaging to recruiters, they may pay an additional fee. LinkedIn's job postings are high quality and the social platform allows users to connect and network with contacts from organizations they find desirable.
LinkUp is a job search engine that searches jobs on company sites. The job postings are from small, mid-sized, and large company career sections. LinkUp claims to be the only job search engine that indexes jobs exclusively from company websites. Updated daily, the 3+ million jobs in the search engine are always current with no duplicates or job pollution.
Monster.com is one of the most recognized names in the online job search community. It offers a variety of job and career resources for everyone from college students to contractors to chief executives. It also offers several industry/job field communities, including healthcare, human resources, and finance and plenty of job search extras: networking boards, job search alerts, and online resume posting.
This website features thousands of companies and tens of thousands of entry level and intern positions. The user can browse by location or field of endeavor.
This site includes resources for public service careers including salary trends and information on graduate degrees. Also includes a job board and a database featuring profiles of public service leaders with details about their career paths
This is a job search engine that searches major job boards, company pages, online classifieds, and other data sources for job and internship listings. Job seekers can search by keyword, job title, geographic region, distance, and date the listing is added. The site suggests companies users might like based on previous searches and lists the most popular industries, companies, and job types by city.
TalentZoo’s slogan is “awesome jobs, great companies, and hot talent” and posts a range of advertising, marketing, design/creative, digital, and geek/web jobs. TalentZoo connects directly to Zlance, a freelancer’s forum for shorts and long-term contract assignments.
US.jobs is operated by the Direct Employers Association in alliance with the National Association of State Workforce Agencies. Users will find numerous postings placed here by employers, with links leading back to employer websites for application purposes. Sections of this site are targeted to diverse audiences.
USAJobs is the federal government’s official job site with opportunities posted in mathematics, engineering, human resources, business, finance, social science, technology, science, and public health. An interesting feature of USAJobs is the ability to search worldwide within any country that is advertising a current vacancy.
This is an internship and job site that uses your school and major to identify internships. Some resources for resume writing, cover letters, and interviewing are available.
The mission of Work for Good is to help purpose-driven organizations and talented professionals connect. Users can search jobs and internships by focus areas such as social responsibility or youth development, experience level, job function, and more.
ZipRecruiter's job search engine of over 8 million jobs allows users to apply with one-click and receive updated alerts during the entire application process. ZipRecruiter is partnered with nearly a thousand specific job boards resulting in a catalog of job listings for any job seeker.
International Job Search
This website offers short guides on business culture and etiquette in 31 countries in Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Western Europe.
This online aggregator offers the latest employment opportunities in Canada, France, Germany, Greece, India, Sweden, UK and Vietnam.
This free membership-based site provides current information, products, services, jobs, and CV-hosting for individuals seeking overseas employment – regardless of home country. Members may access the quarterly Expat Living Magazine and 17 destination guides (updated daily by expat experts) free of charge, though additional destination guides are available at a fee.
This directory offers short term job postings and teaching opportunities worldwide searchable by geographic or industry preference. Some programs listed are fee-based.
This online aggregator offers the latest employment opportunities in 65 countries.
Developed by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Organization Affairs, this site shares information about and openings within the United Nations System and other international organizations. Opportunities are open to US citizens only and are mostly at the experienced level. However, the “Students and Young Professionals” tab contains a comprehensive listing of internship and junior/associate level programs.
This international employment directory and search engine selects, ranks, and reviews worldwide top job search sites (general and targeted), recruiting agencies, and temporary staffing agencies in 200 countries. Each listing describes the site’s features and services, and whether these come free or at a fee.
This free membership-based job board lists only internationally-focused full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities (both in the U.S. and abroad) that specifically require prior study abroad experience.
This website offers a vast collection of information, programs, and resources for living, working, studying, and traveling abroad. The “Work Abroad” section provides articles, guides, and links relevant to short-term, internship, summer, volunteer, and teaching abroad opportunities.
Salary Information, Calculators and Negotiation
BLS publishes information on wages, earnings, and benefits of workers in the United States. Information on National Compensation data, Wages by Area and Occupation, Earnings by Industry, and Earnings by Demographic are among the topics covered.
This webpage contains salary data for HR professionals, career counselors, and job seekers. You can access free salary results based on college, location, and other factors.
Glassdoor contains company reviews, salary reports, benefit reviews, and more. The information published on this webpage is from employees. Here, you can view the minimum, maximum, and median salaries for a variety of jobs and positions.
This website contains indexed Labor Condition Application disclosure data from the United States Department of Labor. Information on H1-B Visa base salary, location, employment start dates, as well as case statuses can be found here.
This website contains information on salary research, negotiation strategy, and the negotiation process. Scripts, templates, benefits to consider, and facts about salary negotiation are included to assist in the negotiation process.
Utilize the “What’s my worth?” calculator to determine average pay for your position, as well as cost of living in specific locations. There are also informational blogs on the webpage about asking for a raise, turning down job offers, and other career-related topics.
Several articles concerning negotiation, evaluating offer and benefit packages, giving notice, and other topics can be accessed via this webpage. CollegeGrad also has sections on resumes, jobs, interviewing, and job searching.
Academia.edu is a social platform and knowledge-sharing site for individuals in academic and research arenas. Users can create profiles and post/share their papers with other academics to network and get feedback. Users can also follow other users and be followed to stay up-to-date with posts and search the built-in job board for academic positions.
Facebook can be used for branding, creating and engaging in groups, and communicating information about organizations and employment opportunities. Users can follow organizations of interest to learn about opportunities and become familiar with important current events and organizational culture information. Facebook also has a job board feature at www.facebook.jobs/
LinkedIn allows users to create a profile that acts as an online resume with options to describe experiences, skills, qualities, and showcase work samples. Users can follow organization pages, connect with professional networking contacts, search for jobs (there is a student job database in addition to the primary job database), find university alumni, join groups to participate in discussions, read articles authored by industry professionals, and more.
Twitter can be used to learn about organizations, explore employment opportunities, and network.Users can post short lines of text (“tweets”) that may contain messaging about their personal brand, link to helpful resources (videos, websites, articles, blogs) consistent with their career interests and goals, and communicate with others. Users can follow organizations or individuals to have the tweets of others automatically come up in their personal newsfeed or in notifications. Employers may post links to jobs which may give users quick access to opportunities.
Career & Technical Education (CTE) Students
The Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE) has hundreds of selected infographics on resumes and cover letters, work and college life, careers, job interviews, special needs and other topics at this site. The information is designed for maximum visual impact.
This Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), web page provides informational resources including CTE Fact Sheets. A summary of Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) fastest-growing and highest paid jobs can also be found here.
Middle schools, high schools and colleges may have health, technology, business, agriculture, family, consumer sciences and skilled trades CTSOs on their campuses. Joining a CTSO can provide access to scholarships, skills competitions, leadership training and professional networking opportunities. This infographic has membership information and video links to 8 CTSOs.
Clients with Disabilities
This website gives an overview of common challenges students with disabilities face, as well as solutions to help overcome those challenges. The resources section is broken down into five categories: physical disabilities, hearing impairment/deaf, visual impairment/blind, learning disabilities, and psychiatric disabilities/mental health disabilities. Each category includes links to a variety of websites, providing more specific information.
This Guide brings together effective techniques from both educational and workforce systems in an effort to foster a different way of thinking to support young people. It is intended to help practitioners, administrators, and policymakers in secondary and postsecondary education programs, transition programs, One-Stop Career Centers, youth employment programs, and community rehabilitation programs to improve services and outcomes for youth, ages 14 to 25, with diagnosed and undiagnosed learning disabilities.
Almost all colleges and universities provide some level of services and/or accommodations for learning disabled students, as mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The colleges and universities listed go a step further…they offer programs, some quite comprehensive, designed to support students with learning disabilities.
This website can be used by job seekers, employees, and employers to learn more about accommodations in the workplace. Sections include A – Z of Disabilities, an Accommodations search and general resources. There is also an Accommodation and Compliance series which not only provides facts about disabilities but also accommodation ideas for the workplace and example scenarios. JAN resources are also available in Spanish.
This website is produced by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Documents explaining Schedule A are available for applicants with disabilities, hiring managers, and human resources professionals.
Students with disabilities are able to create a free account on the Lime Connect website. This not for profit organization links students with disabilities to scholarships, internships, and full time employment with their global corporate partners. Educators are able to sign up for a free Friends of Lime Connect account, where they will receive updates from Lime Connect as well as webinars focusing on career development for individuals with disabilities.
This website, produced by the U.S. Department of Labor, provides information on more than 45 topics related to the job search process for individuals with disabilities. Topics range from accessible technology to preparing youth with disabilities for their career development. Policy updates, events, and additional resources are also available.
A collection of short videos created by the U.S. Department of Labor highlighting the importance of soft skills in the workplace. Topics covered include enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, professionalism and networking.
This site provides in-depth information, specific to educators, about Universal Design. It includes the process, principles and applications. Universal Design checklists are provided for a multitude of areas such as instruction, distance learning, and student services. Individual guides are available for career services, advising, and website accessibility.
This website provides information on the Workforce Recruitment Program, a national recruiting program that seeks out college students with disabilities for summer and full-time employment with federal sector employers. Resources, eligibility requirements and contact information are available on this website.
Incarcerated and Ex-Offenders
Most people who are incarcerated have no or very limited to any internet access. The listed sites were selected for professionals who may be working with adults and youth who correctly are still incarcerated or recently released. Many print publications are available in book and online form for those without internet access.
This site is part of DOL’s CareerOneStop site and has a unique section for anyone with a criminal record. It includes tips, information and resources to help search for, apply for, and begin a new job. A few of the major links include: work-ready checklist or Find State Resources, Explore Careers to Get Training and Find a Job.
The U.S. Department of Labor established The Federal Bonding Program in 1966 to provide Fidelity Bonds that guarantee honesty for “at-risk,” hard-to-place job seekers. The bonds cover the first six months of employment. There is no cost to the job applicant or the employer. This site describes the process to access federal bonds and state-based contacts for individuals who have been incarcerated.
This site shares an example of a state based client guide to reentry based on best practices in career and reentry planning. Other states could adapt a similar resource for their adults and youth in their state applying local resource contacts. There are links to several potentially useful resources.
The Mentoring Toolkit: Resources for Developing Programs for Incarcerated Youth provides information, program descriptions, and links to important resources that can assist juvenile detention facilities and other organizations to design effective mentoring programs for neglected and delinquent youth, particularly those who are incarcerated.
The National H.I.R.E. Network is not only an advocate for policy change but a training and technical assistance provider to and convener of agencies working to improve the employment prospects of people with criminal records. The Network improves correctional policies and programs to provide more educational opportunities, better job preparation and skills training, and better transitional services that will translate to increased employment opportunities for ex-prisoners returning to their communities.
This resource-rich site offers information about staff training programs related to career and workforce development, best practices in offender reentry programs and services. NIC also offers a series of eLearning courses on a range of career development topics.
The site posts resources designed to help correctional staff and other supportive stakeholders who are working with women during the pre-release planning process and during reentry to address their needs as they transition to the community. A few of the twelve topics are Career Exploration and Training, Education, Employment, Financial Literacy and Identification and Personal Records. The TIPSHEETS are an important resource for staff to use as a component of their ongoing discussions with the woman during her reentry planning process.
This DOL site offers practitioners new ideas and tools to work with former offenders. Topics include: Improving Program Practices, including case management and mentoring; Supporting Transitions for ex-offenders, including program and job retention; Strengthening Partnerships to provide strong supportive services and seamless transitions; Ensuring Sustainability for your programs.
This site outlines a curriculum developed by the DOL/ODEP (Office of Disability Employment Policy) focused on teaching "soft" or workforce readiness skills to youth, including youth with disabilities. Created for youth development professionals as an introduction to workplace interpersonal and professional skills, the curriculum is targeted for youth ages 14 to 21 in both in-school and out-of-school environments. The basic structure of the program is comprised of modular, hands-on, engaging activities that focus on six key skill areas: communication, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, networking, problem solving and critical thinking, and professionalism.
The third edition of NDTAC's Transition Toolkit brings together strategies, existing practices, and updated resources and documents on transition to enable administrators and service providers to provide high-quality transition services for children and youth moving into, through, and out of education programs within the juvenile justice system. The strategies are categorized by facility-centered activities, youth-centered activities, family-centered activities, and community/systems-centered activities across all four stages of transition.
The self-study tool is designed to help facilities and institutional schools reflect on their use of key strategies related to youth transitioning into, through, and out of the juvenile justice system. The ultimate purpose of the self-study tool is to have juvenile justice facilities prioritize the strategies presented in this document, assess the current level of implementation of each strategy, and then make a plan for revising current processes to make better use of the presented strategies. Strategies are organized into sections that parallel the toolkit: (a) General Transition Strategies including career exploration and planning; (b) Stage 1: Entry into the justice system; (c) Stage 2: Residence; (d) Stage 3: Exit from incarceration; and (e) Stage 4: Aftercare.
Undocumented students face a special set of challenges in their career journeys. This Georgetown University site provides "how-tos", alternatives, disclosure advice, graduate school info, and more.
Higher is uniquely suited to offer current and responsive support to local refugee employment programs, creative and flexible solutions for companies in need of reliable workers, and consistent learning tools for refugees and other migrants seeking to enter and advance in the U.S. workforce. Check out the blog and resources page.
A comprehensive site that provides employment resources for refugees and immigrants.
A blog that provides up-to-date information and resources to undocumented immigrants. The site provides information on scholarships, internships, strategies for navigating the educational system and information on how to apply for DACA/Advanced Parole, news on DAPA, and much more.
This site provides some specific information on Work Visas, H-1B Visas, H-2A Visas, H-2B Visas, L1 Visas, Green Cards and Student Visas for individuals looking for jobs in the US.
Upwardly Global is a national non-profit organization that provides free comprehensive training and services, online and in person, to help work-authorized, skilled immigrants and refugees to rebuild their professional careers in the U.S.
This site gives people an opportunity to find jobs and internships to directly serve this group.
All LGBTJobs.com is a job search engine that finds job listings from company career pages, other job boards, newspapers and associations.
CenterLink's Job Board shows current job openings at LGBT community centers as well as at other organizations and institutions whose work is closely related to the needs and interests of LGBT communities.
The Human Rights Campaign is also the publisher of the Corporate Equality Index. This index "provides a simple way to evaluate whether America's biggest employers are treating their gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees and consumers equitably." The index is based on a 10-point system that rates corporate policies and actions toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
The website is a a source of information on workplace and corporate attitudes and policies surrounding sexual orientation. Includes links to information about employee groups, organizations and companies offering domestic partnership benefits, and legal and discrimination policies. It also a bibliography of career related issues.
Lamda Legal is a national LGBT civil rights organization. The web site includes information about workplace discrimination cases of potential interest to your students and clients.
In using this site, you can find jobs, learn about employment at diversity-friendly companies, and research careers by networking with your LGBTQ and allied colleagues.
This site includes multiple resources geared towards careers for LGBTQ students and allies including information about laws, leadership, employment, and work success.
Includes job listings for college and university positions.
The site is created as a business advocate for LGBT owned and friendly businesses, entrepreneurs, professionals, and corporations. It provides information, ways to connect, and tools for LGBT business owners.
A nonprofit dedicated to educating, preparing, and empowering LGBT college students and their allies for the workplace. Includes a Career Library of information, job search page, and information on upcoming conferences for students and alumni.
This site offers a guide written by University of Pennsylvania’s Career Services counselors. It includes advice about coming out during the job search process and in the workplace, in addition to resume writing and interviewing tips.
This website includes a listing of LGBTQ professional networking opportunities and a job board for those looking to advance or make a career transition.
Reaching Out MBA is an organization that educates, and connects LGBT MBA students and professionals around the world.
A comprehensive site that explores career and professional development. This site covers many diversity populations and information on internships, entry level positions, fellowships/research, programs, professional organizations, scholarships and undocumented student career concerns.
This website encourages diverse professionals to connect with employers seeking to improve the diversity of their work place. The basic profile is available to applicants at no cost.
A dedicated career and self-development site where information and tools are provided to specifically for African Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Latino/Hispanic Americans, Native Americans and women. The goal of the site is to provide visitors with access to the largest database of equal opportunity employers committed to diversity at their workplace. See also IM Diversity
Connecting candidates with companies that are committed to diversity and inclusion. This site helps candidates find jobs, internships, and helps candidates get informed on the latest career information.
Offers some recorded webinars and publications that could be of use to minority students and clients.
New Workers and Millennials
This site includes a job board geared specifically to entry-level positions. You can search by academic major and graduation date.
Lindsey Pollak’s website contains a frequently updated blog with topics relevant to recent graduates and young alumni.
The blogs on this site tend to focus on new employee tips and suggestions.
This site is focused specifically on internships and “young careerists.” YouTern also has a blog and weekly Twitter chat.
NOTE: Older clients may be looking for new employment or a new direction in life. While this list offers some job resources and advice for employment, it also includes resources for those who are more interested in finding a new opportunity to engage in life and career.
This is a collection of articles, videos, and tools covering various topics in work and employment for older people. Issues discussed include discrimination, career change, retirement, and starting your own business. While looking at these resources, check out the AARP Employer Pledge of employers who recognize the value of the more experienced worker and actively recruit and hire older workers.
This site encourages older persons to pursue second careers to provide personal fulfillment doing paid work while providing a service to their community. There are resources, a toolkit, the Encore Career Handbook, and examples, suggestions, fellowships, and an extensive network of like-minded individuals who are now interested in making a change in a way that serves society and others.
The user will have an opportunity to create a Life Map, and develop their own purpose statement for life and career. Additional resources are available free to use as you recharge your body and soul as well as move toward loving what you do.
Launched in the Spring of 2012, this site provides information that can help individuals 50+ figure out what's next in work, finance, health, lifestyle, caregiving, and more.
This is an independent job and information resource for boomers, retirees, and people planning their retirement. The site contains information and resources to find a job, start your own business, volunteer, find a retirement community, travel, and a variety of other resources.
This site contains unique part-time, flexible, seasonal, and even full-time positions for retirees and mature workers. There are also articles about money and careers, health and wellness, and a coupon center.
Senior Corps offers volunteer opportunities and services to people who are 55 years of age and older.
Senior4Hire is an online job board for job seekers 50 and over who are looking for work or other ways to earn money.
The older workforce can find sections on career and education, jobs, book reviews, and career stories.
ACP’s Mentoring Program connects post-9/11 veterans with corporate professional mentors for yearlong mentorships. ACP assists veterans on their path towards fulfilling, long-term careers, whether the veteran is job searching or newly employed. Mentors assist with areas including resume preparation, career exploration, leadership development, career advancement and networking.
One-stop website providing resources to help with employment, training and financial help after military service. Functions as a high-level portal for very basic information on job-search, post-service education, veteran benefits and local/community resources.
Operated by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, this website provides a one-stop resource with federal employment information for veterans, transitioning military and their family members. Includes comprehensive information on the veteran’s preference federal hiring practices and links to the USAJobs website for federal job postings.
Designed for transitioning service members, G.I. Jobs features articles, tips and online tools to help transitioning military explore different career and post-secondary education options. Publishes a monthly print and digital magazine.
Hire Heroes offers service members, veterans and their spouses transition workshops, career coaching and employment preparation counseling. In addition to free resume and coaching services the website features resources including a list of vocational training programs, workshop dates and locations and job board.
Interactive tool designed to help veterans who are current job seekers learn about their career options. The site has tasks, skills, salary information, job listings, and more for over 900 different careers. Veterans can find careers through keyword search; by browsing industries that employ different types of workers; or by discovering civilian careers that are similar to their job in the military. Veterans can also take advantage of the O*NET Interest Profiler, a tool that offers personalized career suggestions based on a person's interests and level of work experience.
This page of this website is dedicated to sites, services, and resources that support current and former military personnel and their families. Along with job search advice and resources it also lists information for employers who want to hire veterans, information on pay rates and employment verification, and employment and financial rights for reservists called to active duty.
This website translates military career fields from all service branches into an equivalent civilian occupation. It provides details on potential job titles/roles as well as the skills required for comparable civilian employment.
This is a non-profit organization that provides free undergraduate and graduate education application counseling to military veterans. Includes application guides, links to scholarships and education-related webinars on topics like SAT prep.
The IVMF delivers unique and innovative programs in career, vocations, and entrepreneurship education and training to post 9/11 veterans and active duty military spouses, as well as tailored programs to all veterans. Programs include Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, Boots to Business seminars, Onward to Opportunity and the Veteran Career Transition Program. The site also features local community outreach efforts servicing veterans and current policy research in the field of veteran transition and employment.
Provides a variety of resources for veterans and family members including: curriculum and training materials from the official Transition Assistance Program (TAP), apprenticeship occupations and career listings, information on employment rights, resources for homeless veterans and female veterans and links to local American Job Centers.
A leading job search board for transitioning military, National Guard, reservists, veterans and spouses. Features career assessment tests, career fair listings, and general career development tools including resume writing and career planning.
This site describes and offers the opportunity to apply to an number of formal volunteer programs such as Americorps VISTA, Americorps State and national, Americorps National Civilian Community Corps, Senior Corps and others.
Search for volunteer opportunities by interest area and location. The site has many resources on volunteering including: What is volunteering? Why is volunteering important? What are the benefits of volunteering? How can I volunteer? Why assess your interests before you volunteer? Find (or create) your ideal volunteer opportunity. A volunteer's bill of rights and responsibilities. Resources for volunteers with disabilities. Volunteering = Career Development.
This site describes the work and challenges of serving in the peace Corps as well as lists openings.
This organization is the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. This site allows a person to search by location and several subject areas including animals, arts and culture, children and youth, civic and community, health, hurricane relief, public safety, technology, seniors, veterans and military families, and several others.
Volunteer Opportunities are searched by location and skills such as Call Center/Substance Abuse/Therapy, Disaster/Emergency/Health Services, Education and Children Support, Construction, Shelter/Food Bank/Special Event Support, Volunteering Management Call Center/Substance Abuse/Therapy, Disaster/Emergency/health Services, and Volunteer Management. You can also sort by activity type and category.
Use a location and search for volunteer opportunities relating to advocacy and human rights, animals, arts and culture, children and youth, community, computers and technology, crisis support, disaster relief, education and literacy, emergency and safety, employment, environment, faith-based, health and medicine, housing and homeless, hunger, immigrants and refugees, international, justice and legal, LGBT, media and broadcasting, people with disabilities, media and broadcasting, board development, politics, and others.
This site focuses on America's natural and cultural resources volunteer opportunities.
This site highlights 40 important online resources for women in STEM. These sites include resources for counselors and educators to close the gender and race gap in many career pathways. Several sites also target specific careers held by diverse female role modes such as Women in Astronomy, Engineering, Biomed, IT, trades and applied careers in math and science.
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Additional resources and information related to the carrier opportunities in cyber security, the newsroom and topical issues such as negotiating a salary raise, and being a good Mentee/Mentor are highlighted among other issues.
This helpful links page offers a broad list of important career and post secondary vocabulary terms useful to all youth and dozens of additional links that support career exploration in a broad range of career fields.
This site provides information on career exploration and job search strategies that reflect the whole person and as women. Some topics include: Acing the Technical Interview, How I Found a Job that Makes Me Feel good as a Developer and a Person, Don’t Just Look for Mentors, Look for Sponsors. CLAG Girls offers suggestions of career exploration and exposure to careers can take the fear out of exploring careers girls may have never considered.
This site lists scholarships, programs and organizations helping women bridge the STEM gender gap. Scholarship and internship information is available for each of the aspects of STEM careers. Their content navigation links shares additional resources and role models. Those exploring careers in STEM can review best careers in STEM, Challenges faced by Women I STEM, Career Map in STEM career pathways and interviews with trailblazing women in STEM careers.
This site provides the opportunity to females to find role models from a broad range of professions in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Users can also register to become a role model.
IWITTS helps educators nationwide close the gender gap for women and girls in male-dominated careers, such as technology, the trades and law enforcement. Visit the resources page for free resources.
This site promotes gender equity in math, science, engineering and technology. There are many activities that educators and counselors can use with younger women exploring STEM career pathways at all skill levels. Visit the publications link to access some free resources.
This site highlights many women in STEM careers. Their purpose is to make women in STEM more visible to the public, promote careers for women in STEM, highlight issues of gender inequality, and to address potential solutions to improve women’s participation, inclusion, leadership and recognition in STEM careers.
The Women's Bureau develops policies and standards and conducts inquiries to safeguard the interests of working women. This site provides resources for women and counselors on a broad range of career pathways as well as issues in the workplace. Click on the resources tab to gain access to additional important information.
This site provides information about a broad range of options for working from home. Adults can explore how to state a home based business, direct sales, virtual customer services as well as ways to avoid scams. The site recruit’s employers to recruit and hire virtual employees. This site also provides background information on the benefits and challenges to being a solopreneur.
Workers in Transition
NOTE: These resources are designed to support people who are curious about making a career shift, find themselves in a work situation where downsizing or lay-offs are possible, or are currently working with career development professionals to transition from one job to another.
When trying to determine a new career path, it is important to understand your strengths as well as the job market.
This website is dedicated for workers who are looking to shift careers with resources dedicated to matching a person’s current career with new careers that match or enable skills currently used. Wages and training options are also provided.
Rate your levels on 40 key workplace skills. Skills Matcher will show you careers that match your ratings.
This is a website for workers who have experienced a recent lay-off. Resources are dedicated to helping people navigate unemployment benefits, job search, and resources for housing, child-care, and other needs while unemployed.
Youth, Teens & Young Adults
Thirteen YouTube videos from the Dept of Labor on soft skills, including "Skills to Pay the Bills".
This simplified version of the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) features games and quizzes, student resources such as career information, resources for teachers such as classroom activities, an interactive timeline of the history of BLS and other resources.
This is a career exploration and planning system designed especially for students in California and New York; it can be used by others. The Make Money Choices section is an introduction to the concept of how much money is needed for life after high school.
CareerShip® is an online career exploration adventure for middle and high school students. It is a product of Mapping Your Future, a public-service web site providing free career, college, financial aid, and money management information and services.
Four pages of links and descriptions, marked as appropriate grades: K-2, 3-5, and 6-8.
This website has information, tools, and links to resources to help anyone age 16 to 24 make a training plan. Information in Spanish is also available. The site is based on actions such as find a career I like, finish high school, get work experience, write a resume, get a job, get training, etc.
JA brings volunteers from the community into the classroom to deliver proven, hands-on programming on financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship that can inspire students to understand the opportunities provided by education.
Kids.gov is the official kids' portal for the U.S. government. We link kids, parents and teachers to information and services on the web from government agencies, schools, and educational organizations, all geared to the learning level and interest of kids. The website is organized into four audiences: Kids (Grades K-5), Teens (Grades 6-8), Teachers and Parents.
March 2 Success is a free website sponsored by the U.S. Army and provides access to online study materials to help improve scores on standardized tests such as state exit exams, college entrance exams including the SAT and ACT, military entrance exam (ASVAB) and others. The program is free and completely confidential. Users will not be contacted by Army recruiters unless that contact is specifically requested.
Includes career and occupation related games for elementary school students with resources for parents and professional.
This site links college majors to occupations. It also include a video library, salary calculator and information on the major industries in the US economy.
This site includes information on California high school and community college courses, career options, and financial assistance.
YouthRules! is an initiative to increase public awareness of Federal and State rules concerning young workers. Through the YouthRules! initiative, the U.S. Department of Labor and its partners seek to promote positive and safe work experiences that help prepare young workers in the 21st Century workforce. Content on the site includes know the rules, find support, news and resources, and teen work stories.
These videos 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. The videos are being updated and are also available in Spanish, and include some industry videos, occupations by educational level and definitions of various O*NET skills and abilities of interest to employers.
The site contain videos of interview with persons in selected careers.
This site houses more than 300 videos organized into 17 different clusters. These are “home made” movies in that Dr. Kit himself and some of his followers have contributed to the site.
The website features thousands of videos of people doing their jobs and provides statistical data on job forecast and career information. The website (made by teens, for teens) is educational in nature, while also engaging with elements of entertainment. One interesting feature is the ability to sort videos by various criteria including interests.
This site contains videos and information on careers for kids, grades K-5, teens, grades 6-8, teachers and parents.
This site, created by South Carolina Educational Television, features an assortment of media content for K-12. It contain career and educational videos, audio files, and other educational offerings.
This sites focuses on videos that are related to college degrees. The site also has videos on several participating universities and helpful hints like how many schools should you apply to, how to get along with your roommate, etc.
Over 600 of the best stories, tips and advice from young people across Canada and the U.S. have been “crowdsourced” to help young people find careers they will love. Each career story starts with “In high school, I wanted to be...”
This site has numerous videos in a variety of areas to include nearly 600 in various career paths and how to find a job.
2017 "Internet Sites" Redesign - thanks to the following Volunteers:
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