College and Career Exploration


Finding the right post high school option, including college, is often a daunting task, as there are many schools and programs to choose from across the nation — even around the world.  It’s not about picking the right name of the college but whether or not it is right for the student.  A good fit is essential!

It is important for students to explore different career options, which will influence a course of study when choosing where they want to go for higher education, whether it be at a 4-year college, community college, or a trade/vocational program (like at an occupational center).

Explore Options!

The following websites provide comprehensive information about careers and higher education options.

For college planning, financial aid information, and more.  Interest Inventories are available — Career Exploration Interest Inventory, Career Search Tool, and the College Search Tool.

Explore all colleges and universities in California. Keep track of college admission requirements with a High School Planner.

California Community College Program Finder

Find programs that are available at the Community Colleges in California.

Explore Majors at CSU

Get personalized listing of CSU degree programs.  Visit the CSU campus website for information about each major.

Explore Majors at UC

Download the complete list of undergraduate majors offered at UC by discipline and campus. Visit the UC campus website for more information about each major.


Visit to view course transferability between Community Colleges, CSU, and UC.

Road Trip Nation – College Board

Explore career options by first completing an interest inventory on the College Board website. Then, explore careers and learn the path you need to follow for that career.

Big Future – College Board

Explore college options with College Board’s comprehensive college search tool.  Search a specific school or use the search tool to explore by location of the college, type of college (2 or 4 year), public, private, major, and more.  Learn about colleges and view a profile of the students who currently attend.


LAUSD students have free access to Naviance, a comprehensive online college and career portal available for grades 8 through 12.  It helps students identify their strengths, discover careers, and prepare for post-secondary programs.  Students have the opportunity to complete multiple grade level tasks within the Naviance platform that support college awareness, eligibility and preparedness.

CAL-SOAP LA — California Student and Access Opportunity Program – Los Angeles

CALSOAP Los Angeles seeks to increase the academic and college preparation skills of eligible disadvantaged students. CALSOAP Los Angeles provides support, services, resources, and opportunities to underrepresented students and families in the greater Los Angeles area in order to increase post-secondary participation and success.

CALSOAP LA helps students with college applications, financial aid, applying to programs/scholarships, and all things college or career related. They offer events and workshops throughout the school year. All services are FREE for students and their families.

California Career Zone

Complete the California Career Zone Interest Profiler to discover what your interests are and how they relate to the world of work. The Interest Profiler helps you decide what kinds of occupations and jobs you might want to explore based on your interests.

College Week Live – The World’s Largest College Fair

Visit College Week Life for FREE online virtual tours of colleges and universities around the world.  Visit the site for other valuable college admissions information, including online workshops on topics such as applying to college, financial aid, scholarship information, and more!

The Princeton Review 

The Princeton Review provides free on-line college and career exploration tools.  It is a comprehensive web site for students and parents, providing students with the opportunity to take a free interest inventory which then matches their interests with appropriate colleges.

Student can begin to explore different colleges and universities.  They can learn admission requirements, average GPA’s, and average SAT/ACT scores for incoming freshmen at the colleges.

Students can also find information on SAT/ACT preparation.  A free SAT Online Demo is available to students.  The site also provides in depth financial aid & scholarship information with a free on-line scholarship search.

Build a Resume

When applying for any job, it is always impressive to employers when prospective employees come in with a completed resume.  Visit to build a resume and download it into Word or another application to then edit, save, and print.

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