How do I get started?

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There are many ways to get started. It depends on where you are in your education and career path. Today, there are many tools and resources online to help you make smart choices about your future. We've listed a few here. Pick one and see where it leads you.

For high school students

Take the MnCareers Interest Assessment
If you are like many people, you might have a lot of different interests and hobbies. You'll be asked to check off the things you like to do. When you are done, you'll see a list careers that match your interests. It's that simple and takes 5-10 minutes. Try it now.

Postsecondary Enrollment Options
If you are a junior or senior in high school, you can take courses for college credit. Your high school counselor or advisor can help talk to you about these wonderful opportunities.

If you are a parent and have a high school student, check with your student's high school to see if they participate in College in the Schools (CIS). The program allows juniors and seniors to take free college-level courses at their high school through partnerships between high schools and local colleges and universities.

Minnesota Programs of Study: a planning tool
Programs of Study are intended to help you see connections between academic and elective courses giving you the most exposure and depth of understanding about a particular career area. Programs of Study are designed to show you the sequence of related courses available at your high school as well as post-secondary opportunities that you might consider.

We hope that you will use this tool as one source of information as you choose your high school courses and as you move on into post-secondary experiences.

Transfer information for high school students
Resources to help you transition from high school to college.

For adult learners, career changers and parents

CAREERwise Education Interest Assessment
Everyone has things that they love to do. This assessment lets you rate yourself on 60 different work-related interests and then see which occupations are a match for your interests.

My Skills, My Future
Enter the title of your current or past job and you'll receive a list of careers that match your skills. You'll even be able to see current job openings in your city, a typical hourly wage and what type of training is required for the job. It's that simple.

Resources for veterans and service members
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities provide veteran- and service member-oriented information, interactive military-to-college tools, access to military-friendly services and help.

My Next Move
My Next Move is an interactive tool for job seekers and students to learn more about their career options. The site 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.

Minnesota Workforce Centers
You can visit a workforce center to get help with career planning and job searches. These centers have computers and printers to assist your job search needs. They also hold classes and workshops on how to update and write your resume.