Career Planning Tips
- Explore Careers based on your interest areas
- Determine education requirements for Careers that interest you
- 4-year college (Bachelors Degree)
- 2-year college (Associates Degree)
- 3 month to 2-year certification programs
- Trades/Apprenticeships (time required varies)
- Define Your Future
- Explore colleges and training programs
- Make it Happen
- Apply, search for scholarships to help with the cost
Career Planning Resources
The State of Oregon Employment Department produces an updated Career guide each year, with information on occupations that includes education requirements, expected wages, employment outlook and job openings.
Many Career Paths do not require a 2-year or 4-year college commitment:
PCC Career Pathways - Be career-ready in a year or less - Career Pathways are short-term, stackable certificates that lead to a degree and jobs in high-growth fields that offer pathways for advancement.
No Cost Career Training Programs (must meet eligibility requirements):
NexGen - Get connected with your diploma or GED, job training, college preparation, and paid employment.
JobCorps - JobCorps is a national program that provides no-cost career training
JobCorps-Astoria - provides free housing and no-cost career training
JobCorps-PIVOT - local (Portland) job training and placement programs
AmeriCorps - AmeriCorps is a national program for volunteers to work with non-profits to strengthen communities. A stipend is paid to volunteers.
CTE (Career and Technical Education) Resources: