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Career Exploration Links

The links from this page go to other areas in the Department of Workforce Development Web site and to external sites. These links should be viewed as informational resources and not as recommendations.

Wisconsin Job Centers have designed a variety of publications to help you get connected to the world of work.



WISCareers is a career assessment, exploration and planning website designed to provide career development with a Wisconsin focus. The audience level includes elementary, middle school, high school, and adults.  

Quintessential Careers offers a variety of tools that can be used in your job hunting or career development goals. Transferable Job Skills are skills that you have acquired in your daily life, from hobbies, work activities, classes, parenting, sports, virtually any thing can be transferred to your next job or career. There are five key components to the transferable skills section of Quintessential Careers.

O*NET Online – Occupational Information Network makes occupational information interactive and accessible for all. The O*NET database includes information on skills, abilities, knowledge, work activities, and interests associated with occupations. This information can be used to facilitate career exploration, vocational counseling, and a variety of human resources functions, such as developing job orders and position descriptions and aligning training with current workplace needs.

KnowHow2GoWisconsin - Got aspirations to pursue more education but low on cash or don't know where to start, check out KnowHow2GoWisconsin to turn your college dreams into action-oriented goals!

Learn More Resource Center is Indiana's Pre-K to College Connection. Learn More was created to support the Indiana Education Rounddiv's P-16 Plan for Improving Student Achievement. The plans key principle is that in today's world, students need to successfully complete postsecondary education. Information is organized into four major headings: parents, students, counselors, or adults.

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Wisconsin Job Centers have designed a variety of publications to help you get connected to the world of work. Each major topic (1) Job Readiness, (2) Job Search, (3) Resumes and Applications, and (4) Interviewing offer many additional sub topics.

Résumés, applications, and cover letters: With this update of a popular BLS article, you’ll find out the best ways to present your credentials to prospective employers.

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Career One Stop Provides information about pathways to career success. Includes tools to help job seekers, students, businesses, and career professionals explore career and industry projections, salaries and type of education in each state.

State Occupational Projections information on this site allows projected employment growth for an occupation to be compared among States. It also allows projected employment growth among occupations to be compared within one State. New ten-year spans of occupational projections are updated once data for all states has been collected.

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University of Wisconsin System

UW HELP is a Higher Education Location Program. This site contains information about admissions requirement, majors and career directions provided by each of the institutions in the University of Wisconsin System including 13 universities, 13 freshman-sophomore Colleges and UW-Extension. The information is provided to you and your family by the UW HELP, which is a unit of UW-Extension that provides a service for the UW System.

MajorMania is the University of Wisconsin System's tool for discovering which UW System Campus has the major program you are interesting in exploring, includes Teacher Certificate Programs.

Wisconsin Technical College System provides information for students, counselors, employers and parents on all things related to an education at a Wisconsin Technical College.

U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Scholarship for Service a program that is a unique program designed to increase and strengthen the cadre of Federal information assurance (computer science and information security are types of study) professionals that protect the government's critical information infrastructure. This program provides scholarships that fully fund the typical costs that students pay for books, tuition, and room and board while attending an approved institution of higher learning. Be sure to review their What’s SFS area for more information.

Scholarships.com is a free college scholarship search service and financial aid information resource on the Internet. You can create a personal profile and their matching engine will present you with complete and accurate information on the most relevant, attainable college scholarship awards. This site and the SearchForColleges.org are sponsored by National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators ( NASFAA).   Please note, that a screen for SearchForColleges.org pops up on Scholarships website.

U.S. Department of Education

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is sponsored by the US Department of Education. According to the site: "FAFSA opens the door to the federal aid process. Every step you can take gets you closer to achieving your education goals. Find out what you can expect from beginning to end."

Student Guide to Financial Aid is a comprehensive resource on student financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education. Grants, loans, and work-study are the three major forms of aid available through the Department's Federal Student Aid office. Updated each award year, The Student Guide tells you about the programs and how to apply for them. Guides are also available in Spanish.

Federal Student Aid (FSA) The U.S. Department of Education's Federal Student Aid (FSA) programs are the largest source of student aid in America, providing nearly 70% of all student financial aid. Help is available to make education beyond high school financially possible for you or your child. The information provided here is designed to assist you in your college planning. It provides you with access to and information about the products and services that you will need throughout the financial aid process.

FSA is financial help for students enrolled in eligible programs at participating schools to cover school (a four-year or two-year public or private educational institution, a career school or trade school) expenses, including tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation. Most federal aid is need based. The three most common types of aid are grants, loans, and work-study.

Free Wisconsin School Locator website

WI HomeTownLocator website allows you to search for Wisconsin Schools by name, city and zip code.

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The United States Census Bureau offers an LED Extraction tool which enables streamlined access to the public-use data produced through the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership. This tool provides CSV files for the exact variables and characteristics requested by users.

Affirmative Action includes population, labor force demographics and occupational data. Data available on-line.

Wisconsin Economic Indicators are comprised of a series of 22 indicators of data that measure Wisconsin's economic and labor market condition. A comparison of the most recently available data to previous data indicates improvement or decline of economic conditions. Data available on-line.

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Last updated 11/11/2013

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