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Career Exploration and Development

Evaluate, Assess, and Explore.

Career Steps

High school is a great time to start exploring what you are passionate about and how you would like to put that passion into action with your future career. Del Oro students have many opportunities to identify what their interests and abilities are through athletics, clubs, leadership in the school and out in the community, and programs such as ROP or Future Farmers of America (FFA). Deciding on your future career is not a quick thoughtless decision, in the College and Career Center we will assist you in the steps that are necessary when exploring career options. Stop by  the College and Career Center, room 204, during lunch or after school to meet with a counselor.

First students will...

  • Evaluate Oneself- understanding what you value in your life and future career is important in making decisions for your future. Know Thyself assessment on Stanford University's site. You will be able to reflect on your career interests,  your values (a principle or quality intrinsically valuable or desirable to you) related to their  personal, work /culture environment and work motivators and much more.
  • Assess your skills, abilities and qualities you have and would prefer in your career environment through Career Cruising- Career Matchmaker and other career assessments. Career Cruising-  beginning fall 2015, all current DO students have new account username and password. The username is the Permanent ID number located on each students transcript, the number begins with 102301(and 4 digits unique to each student and the password is the students birth date.

Username: PUHSD-Permanent ID number

     Password: Your birth date (e.g. 05261999)

  •  This site enables students to complete career matching and skills assessments as well as explore career interests and college interests. This site is used primarily in the College and Career Center.  O*Net Interest Profiler- This will help you find what your career interests are and what your Holland's code is (RIASEC), as well as, the ability as well as, the ability to explore careers based on what level of skills are needed and a description of the career.


Explore career options through Career Cruising, informational interviewing, job shadowing, ROP, internships, and any other form of research. Students will also learn how to create resumes, interviewing skills and how to adapt their high school classes to their future major or career plans.

Thoughtful Tips

  • Stay open-minded; resist the expectation that you should have a career well planned out already. You have all of high school, college and beyond to decide what career is best for you. 
  • Don't be afraid of uncertainty and failure. Remember if something doesn't work out at least you have gained new knowledge and self awareness.
  • Gather information and advice from others. Listening to others perspectives is beneficial in decision making, filter through the information as it relates to what is important to you, not what you think you should do.

Helpful Links

Created by the Department of Labor, these two sites below are used to research careers, wages, employment outlook statistics, and more across the united states.

These Websites can be used for more career exploration, learning and matching your personality type to careers, etc.