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Career Planning

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Students who are exposed to career and technical education are empowered to discover their passion and direction sooner, so they can make the most of their education.

Those who plan for, and have opportunities to experience a career before deciding to pursue it, often feel more confident about the choices they make.  

One of the most of the valuable, yet overlooked benefits career focused education gives to students is the opportunity to explore and change their minds, without costing thousands of dollars. 

Four Skills Help Students to be Ready for a Career

These skills will increase students' marketability and employability.

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Problem Solving




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Explore Your Interests

  • Define your interests and hobbies
  • Explore career options and collect important data for career planning such as:
    • Average salaries for different occupations
    • How fast each industry is growing
    • How many job openings there may be in the future
    • Best states for employment
    • Highest-paying cities, regions, and states

Get Experience

  • Participating activities in your school may spark a career interest. Examples include yearbook committee, science club, and debate team. 
  • Joining student organizations at OSTC  can enhance your career readiness, such as SkillsUSAProStart, HOSA and the Business Professionals of America (BPA)
  • Paid or unpaid Internships help you gain experience.
  • Summer or part-time employment is another way to get experience.
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Career Trees Help Students Career Exploration and Plan Their future

Each of the Oakland Schools Technical Campuses have a dedicated career counselor to help students plan for the future.

Contact your campus for more information.

Career Exploration