Career Planning for Youth

Students are invited to utilize Career Center resources individually, with family members, school groups, or community based organizations. Students can identify careers that match their interests, abilities, skills, and work preferences, explore all post high school options and access current Labor Market Information. The Center can provide career planning classroom activities and presentations for parents, community groups and organizations.

Parents as Partners in Career Planning Workshops

The Parents as Partners in Career Planning program provides a series of three workshops where parents attend with their children and become active participants in their son's or daughters' career development. The workshops are held evenings at the WCTC Waukesha Campus, 327 E Broadway, Waukesha, WI 53186.

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Online Resources

The Internet dramatically increases the access individuals have to resources and services for career planning. The problem, however, is that career planning resources found on the Internet vary in quality and appropriateness for different users. Some individuals may be better served if they seek assistance from a professional Career Counselor, Career Development Facilitator or Guidance Counselor. Additional information on this subject can be found in the National Career Development Association (NCDA) report, "NCDA Guidelines for the Use of Internet for Provision of Career Information and Planning Services."

Career Planning Resources


For WCTC students and WCTC Career Development Services / Workforce Development Center (WDC) customers only! WISCareers software integrates self-assessment with in-depth and up-to-date career information that is easy to use and provides students with a realistic view of the best educational and career options for their future success. Students can either stop in at the WCTC Career Center located in the WDC or contact John Pritchett at 262.695.7847 for an access code..

Career Pathways

It's not too early to take charge of your future. Whether or not you have your high school or college education planned, career pathways can help you find the careers that are right for you and get you prepared for them.

What’s My Next Move

My Next Move is an interactive tool for job seekers and students to learn more about their career options. My Next Move has tasks, skills, salary information, and more for over 900 different careers. Users can find careers through keyword search; by browsing industries that employ different types of workers; or through the O*NET Interest Profiler, a tool that offers personalized career suggestions based on a person's interests and level of work experience.

Students and Career Advisors

Students, parents, and career advisors can follow links to explore career and education options.

Career Ship

Career Ship is a free online career exploration adventure for middle and high school students.

What Do You Like?

Exploring Career Information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics -- 2012-2013 Edition

Mapping Your Future

Mapping Your Future is a national collaborative, public-service project of the financial aid industry - bringing together the expertise of the industry to provide free college, career, financial aid, and financial literacy services for students, families, and schools.

O*NET Career Exploration Tools

The O*NETTM team has designed a set of self-directed career exploration/assessment tools to help workers consider and plan career options, preparation, and transitions more effectively. They also are designed for use by students who are exploring the school-to-work transition.

The Career Interests Game

This is a game designed to help you match your interests and skills with similar careers. It can help you begin thinking about how your personality will fit in with specific work environments and careers.

The Princeton Review Career Quiz

Click on "the Princeton Review Career Quiz start" icon to find out what careers you’d most likely enjoy based on your interests and work style.

Jung Typology Test

This assessment sheds light on your personality type. You will obtain your type formula, strength of the preferences and type description as a result of this test. It may help you to identify your general life style and your style in certain fields of activity.

Keirsey Temperament Sorter

Find out how your personality matches up with specific careers. This assessment takes about 15 minutes.

iseek Interest and Skills Assessments

Assessments are tools that help you explore and match your traits to careers. They can be key to successful career exploration and relevant to decisions you make about education and career opportunities.

Skills Search

Use a list of your skills to find matching occupations.

Work Values Assessment

he Values Test can help you learn more about your underlying work needs and motivations, and can help you decide what is important to you in a job. The test does this by asking you to rank different aspects of work that represent six underlying work values. Knowing your work values can help you decide what kinds of jobs and careers you might want to explore.

Occupational Information

Careers 4 Wisconsin

This site provides career information and labor market statistics for careers in Wisconsin.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. The Handbook is revised every two years.

Career Overview

This website offers a wealth of career and job information provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Career InfoNet

America's Career InfoNet is a resource for making informed career decisions to support a demand-driven workforce investment system.

Occupational Information Network Resource Center (O*NET) 

The Occupational Information Network - takes the place of the Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) as the nation's primary source of occupational information. The O*NET database and related products will help millions of employers, workers, educators, and students make informed decisions about education, training, career choices, and work. The O*NET Project is administered and sponsored by the US Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration.

Dictionary of Occupational Titles

This site offers brief occupational descriptions.

Career Resource Library - video clips

Video topics include Ability, Career Cluster, Industry, and Work Option.

Job Star - Guides for Specific Careers

These sites are packed with information about planning your career. What kind of training or education is required? What can you earn? What kind of environment will you work in? What's hot? What's not?

Informational Interviewing

An informational interview involves talking with people who are currently working in the field to gain a better understanding of an occupation or industry -- and to build a network of contacts in that field.

WEDDLE's Association Directory

Professional associations and societies often operate Web-sites featuring information on related careers, training programs, job boards, resume banks or other employment-related services.  This directory is specially designed to help you find those association sites. It lists several thousand associations from around the world by their primary professional/occupational focus and/or industry of interest and provides a link to the Web-site they operate.

Post High School Education and Training Options

How to Choose a WCTC Program

Need help figuring out what area of study best suits your needs? Check out the step by step guide that can help you pick a satisfying program of study that aligns with your skills, interests and values.

Wisconsin’s Technical Colleges

The Wisconsin Technical College System has 49 campuses in 16 college districts throughout Wisconsin. The colleges offer more than 300 programs awarding two-year associate degrees, one and two-year technical diplomas and short-term technical diplomas. Established 100 years ago, the System is the major provider of customized training and technical assistance to Wisconsin’s business and industry community. Approximately 370,000 Wisconsinites enroll in technical colleges each year, with the equivalent of 84,000 full time students enrolled in career programs.

University of Wisconsin System

Since its creation, the University of Wisconsin System has established itself as one of the world's premier public university systems. The UW educates more than 181,000 students on 26 campuses, and serves more than one million citizens through statewide extension programs.

Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities

The Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU) is an organization of the twenty-three independent (or private) institutions of higher learning in Wisconsin. Membership is limited to accredited, nonprofit institutions.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours is the worldwide leader in virtual college tours and academic multimedia, working with hundreds of colleges and universities since 1997.

U.S. News & World Report

Dedicated sections of this site focus on college, community college, graduate school, e-learning, and financial aid. also lists the annual rankings of colleges and graduate schools.

Quintessential Careers - Teenage Jobs, Careers, and College -- Including College and Career Choices

This section is all about teens! You'll find stuff to help you get a job, get a summer job, find a career, find a college, apply for financial aid, discover a college major(s) and minor(s), and more.

Wisconsin Bureau of Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship is a structured system of training designed to prepare individuals for skilled occupations. It combines on-the-job learning under the supervision of experienced journey workers with related classroom instruction. It is sponsored by employers, employer associations, or labor/management groups that can hire and train in a working situation. The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is the state agency that has primary responsibility for implementing and monitoring apprenticeship programs in Wisconsin. Specific responsibility for administering apprenticeship program standards is held by the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards (BAS), which is located in the Department’s Division of Employment and Training.

Associated Builders and Contractors

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national trade association for the construction industry which actively promotes the merit shop form of construction.

Armed Forces Careers

Armed Forces is your source for jobs and career information about the U.S. Military, including the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines and the U.S. Coast Guard.