Former Students: Are you a Careers CLiC Alum? We are seeking former Upper Valley students who participated in Junior Achievement, Job Shadow Day, Learn to Earn, STEM Presentations and/or the TIPS Internship Program from 1998 on. Tell us your story!
Current Students: Keys to successful career and life planning are knowing yourself well, researching your options and being prepared.
Understanding who you are, what your interests are, where you are most comfortable working and how you interact with others is essential to planning life after high school. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Talk to a school counselor about career planning tools available at your school. Some schools subscribe to online career planning services, and student Personalized Learning Plan (PLP) platforms may have features to help you identify your interests, determine your personality type, etc.
- Pay attention to how you work best:
- by yourself or in a room full of people?
- indoors or outdoors?
- independently or on a team?
- in a workshop or at a desk?
- on a computer or at an easel?
- with people or with animals?
Wondering what job is right for you? Here are several websites that give employment trends, career information, education and training requirements and ideas for planning:
- U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics K-12 – Visit this site for games, quizzes, occupation videos and an array of economic data all geared towards students.
- Career Clusters – Navigate the transition from high school to post-secondary education and training to a succesful career by learning how 79 career pathways are grouped into 16 clusters.
- MyNextMove– Use this interactive tool to access occupational data provided by the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration.
- New Hampshire and Vermont Resources
- Laws pertaining to types of jobs and number of work hours allowable for youth:
- VT Labor Market Information – Browse information on over 500 occupations in Vermont.
- NH Employment Security Career Resource Network – Explore New Hampshire career resrouces including appreticeships, NH Job Notes, NH job outlook and green jobs.
- VT Department of Labor Career Resource Centers – Visit one of Vermont’s 12 Career Resource Centers for personal assistance on career planning and job searches.
- NH Higher Education Assistance Foundation (NHEAF) – NHEAF has resources for students and parents on college and career planning.
- Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) Exploring Career Options – VSAC has outreach counselors in schools throughout Vermont and also provides online resources to help students find their dream career.
After you’ve identified your interests and done your research, it’s time to prepare. Here are some ways you can get some experience:
- Talk to a School Counselor, Extended Learning Opportunities (ELO) Coordinator or Work-based Learning Coordinator about internship opportunities.
- Look into a Registered Youth Apprenticeship.
- Apply for a part-time job to start gaining skills and building your resume.
- Understand your rights as an employee depending on your age by exploring the U.S. Department of Labor’s YouthRules!