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Explore and Prepare for Careers

Not sure which careers are right for you? Do you wonder which careers would best match your skills and interests? There are plenty of tools to help you explore your interests and discover which careers might be right for you.

Where can I explore different careers?

Not sure what career is right for you? Do you wonder what job would best match your skills and interests? There are plenty of online tools to help you explore your interests and discover which careers might be right for you. Check out some of the following websites to get started.

  • Explore careers at CA Career Café . Learn how your major can lead to a career and discover the steps you need to take to be prepared.
  • Use self-assessment tools from CareerZone California  or Nova Job Center to help choose a satisfying job or occupational field that is right for you.
  • Career Spots provides videos that let you watch and learn to be ready to land the job.
  • The interactive online platform at PrepSTEP provides you with resources for academics and careers.
  • O*Net Online provides you with the tools for career exploration and job analysis.
  • My Next Move lets you explore careers by keyword or browse by industry. Still not sure? Answer questions to match your interests with possible careers.  

What’s my next step?

Most jobs require a range of skills, including math, reading and writing. Other jobs require a sequence of education and training leading to a career specific certificate or degree. Please start by clicking here (list of Industry  clusters). However, many of our programs help you certify basic skills needed for all careers.

How can I demonstrate that I am career ready?

Career readiness includes a broad range of skills that apply to many occupations and jobs across a range of industries. Some of these skills include literacy, applied math, critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork and collaboration.

One of the ways you can demonstrate career readiness is to earn a nationally recognized certificate.  Completing three WorkKeys® assessments enables you to to earn the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (ACT NCRC®). It is an industry-recognized, research-based credential that certifies essential skills needed for workplace success. These assessments measure “real world” skills that employers believe are critical to job success. Test questions are based on situations in the everyday work world. By earning this certification, you can:

  • prepare to succeed in a variety of career pathways
  • possess a document that provides evidence of your skills

In order to earn the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (ACT NCRC®), you must past these three WorkKeys® assessments:

  • Applied Math: Math skills are used every day in a variety of careers. This test will measure your ability in critical thinking, mathematical reasoning and problem solving across a variety of workplace situations.
  • Graphic Literacy: Workplace graphics such as charts, graphs, diagrams and floor plans convey information that is essential for employees to understand. This test will measure your ability to locate, synthesize and use information from a variety of graphic formats.
  • Workplace Documents: How well can you read and understand workplace documents such as memos, letters, directions, signs, notices, bulletins, policies and regulations?

How can I get started?

The following schools offer classes that include preparation for the NCRC WorkKeys Assessment and provide the opportunity to take the assessment: Campbell Adult and Community Education and East Side Adult Education

Campbell Adult and Community Education (CACE)

1224 Del Mar Avenue, San Jose, CA 95128

(408) 626-3402

Two courses incorporate WorkKeys training and assessments into their curriculum.

  • The MS/IT Academy Microsoft Office Specialist focuses on Word 2010, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010, MS IT Academy online, IT Academy online, Google docs, sheets, slides, upload from Microsoft Office, share work, and WorkKeys online training. In addition to learning about Microsoft Office, you will have the opportunity to prepare for and take tests for all three sections to earn your WorkKeys Certificate.
  • The ESL V class is primarily for students who need to transition to higher education or find better jobs. This class focuses on each student being an individual with different interests, needs and goals. It gives you the opportunity to complete the WorkKeys computer based learning system.

Registration Information:  You must register in person and take an assessment for most ESL, High School Diploma, High School Equivalency (HiSET and GED) and Job Training classes.  

Call (408) 626-3402 for dates when assessments/intakes are scheduled. 

East Side Adult Education

625 Educational Park Drive, San Jose, CA 95133

(408) 928-9300


  • Essential Office Skills is a one-semester course in which you will prepare to take the NCRC assessment.  You will use practice tests each week until you reach a passing score and feel prepared to take the online test, which is administered in class.  You will also work on career development projects such as researching job outlook information that you can use to create a PowerPoint presentation.  You will also learn to use Google applications such as GMail, Calendars, Sheets and Docs.    

Registration Information: Call to make an appointment to take placement test.

Check here, for map of locations and phone numbers.

Where can I learn more about Career WorkKeys Assessments?

You can learn more about the ACT NCRC WorkKeys Assessments on their website. You can learn how to prepare for the test, try out sample questions, find additional testing centers, and explore how to share your certification.