Exploring Careers


1. Choosing a Career that’s right for you… for now. Most people change careers at least once in their lifetime. Don’t be afraid to have some options for NOW and LATER in your career decisions. Many people make impulsive career choices based on the allure of money or because someone told them they should go in a particular direction. Often they spend years in school and find themselves in a job that they consider unfulfilling or too stressful. Take time to think about what you really want before spending time and money on an education and career that that doesn't fit you.

2. Self Evaluation. Knowing your interests, values, skills, and personality will increase your odds of finding a satisfying career.

  • What are my interests?
  • What are my skills?
  • What kinds of things are important to me?
  • What traits do I have?

3. Career Exploration. What career possibilities are out there? How do you find out what you will like?

  • Talk with your school counselor, teachers, family members, and other role models about careers in which you are interested.
  • Ask the College and Career Coordinator about taking interest, skill, and personality assessments.
  • Investigate careers on the websites listed on this page.
  • Take high school classes relevant to your interests.
  • Explore options through participation in related clubs, activities, community organizations, jobs/internships, etc.
  • Attend the Career Speaker Series to learn about various careers and industries
  • Conduct informational interviews with professionals or shadow them for a day

We Can Help!

If you're trying to decide what you want to major in or what career is best for you, we can help! We have personality inventories, resources, and more that can help guide you in the right direction. Stop by to make an appointment!

Career Websites

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Info Interviewing

Informational Interviewing (aka, talking to professionals) is one of the best ways to learn about various careers. Check out the Informational Interviewing Guide for tips on how to find professionals and what to ask them.

Internships and Programs

*Note: Uni, nor any of its affiliates, are responsible for the legitimacy or quality of internships/programs below.

Bank of America Student Leaders Paid Internship 

For juniors and seniors who lead and serve in their own communities and beyond for an opportunity to be part of  the 2019 Bank of America Student Leaders program this summer. CA 92697.  Apply by February 1, 2019. Click Here to apply.

UCI School of Medicine (Open Medical School) FREE Event! February 2, 2019 7:30 am-12:00 pm @ UCI School of Medicine Education Building 836 Health Sciences Road Irvine, CA 92697. Parking $10 (all day). 6th grade through college, students, parent, teachers and all other supporters are welcome. Register by January 1, 2019 at space is limited!

Take advantage of internships and programs to further your interests and education in various fields!

Job Search

Work experience is valuable in learning about yourself, developing skills, and earning an income. The following guides will help you in your search:

Irvine Youth Employment

Irvine Youth Employment Services helps students find jobs! For more info, call (949) 724-6741 or



Come pick up a Request for a Work Permit & Work Permit Contract in the College & Career Center. 

A work permit is a legal document required by the state of California that allows a person under 18 years of age to hold a job. Minors must meet mandatory school attendance laws and academic requirements in order to obtain or maintain a work permit. Schools have the right to restrict or reduce the type of employment and/or the hours of work if evidence is shown that the schoolwork is being impaired by the employment. Students granted work permits must demonstrate and maintain a 2.0 grade point average and satisfactory attendance.  Students who find a job during the summer when Uni staff is not on campus may obtain a work permit from the District Office.


*Please Note: Work permits can take up to 48 hours to process. Do not wait until the last minute to turn in your form!