Career Exploration Resources
Online Exploration Resources
Experience Exploring, a hands-on career exploration club for middle and high school students that meets one Saturday a month during the school year at various businesses and higher education locations in our area.
Quotes from current Explorers:
“I joined to get experiences I wasn’t getting anywhere else”
“Loved learning new things”
Future Exploring Events Plan: Healthcare, Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing, Cybersecurity, Internet of Things, Environmental Sciences and more!
Want to join our club or have questions? email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Build Your Future - Trade Career Planning
A trades career planning tool. Explore in-demand trades careers.
Build Your Future home page
Connect Up North
Explore highlights about technology companies in our region, including video interviews with company leaders, on the Connect Up North website.
My North Magazine's recently featured cool companies of Northwest Michigan articles.
Data Science Careers
The Data Sciences are a relatively new hot STEM field that has high job growth, high demand for credentialed people, and with correspondingly quite high salaries. It is so new that many of the other sites on this page do not have much information on the variety of Data Science careers if any information at all. Hence we've included the careers page on the Masters In Data Science website.
Going Pro in Michigan - Trade Careers
Find your opportunity in Michigan Professional Trades careers. These are some of Michigan’s most in-demand s careers.
Michigan’s Hot Jobs in Health Care! Lists occupations based on education level: (High School, Certificate or Associate Degree, Bachelor Degree or Advanced Degree) and gives information about expected job growth and mean salary.
Refer to HOTT for information about the educational programs available in Michigan that support these careers.
Health Opportunities for Today and Tomorrow (HOTT)
HOTT is an online tool to help you find a health care career that fits your interests for the future. Use this website to explore careers and connect to a school that meets your needs.
Health Opportunities for Today and Tomorrow
Health Opportunities for Today and Tomorrow is a program of the Michigan Health Council. Learn more at mhc.org.
Junior Achievement Access Your Future App
In the Junior Achievement Access Your Future App, teens can assess more than 100 careers, see what levels of education are required, then calculate the cost of education. Teens can then adjust the level of money they and their parents may contribute, combined with student loans they may need to secure. At the end of the exercise, teens are given a Return on Investment (ROI) score between 1 and 5.
JA Acess Your Future info
MAT2 (Michigan Advanced Technician Training Program)
This is an apprenticeship program where students alternate between classroom instruction and on-the-job training, gaining the necessary hands-on skills and real-world experiences for them to become a successful and productive member of the skilled workforce.
Michigan STEM Partnership: STEM Career Videos
Learn about Michigan-based, STEM-focused careers directly from the people in Michigan doing the job!
Explore STEM Career Videos
My Next Move - Searchable Database of Careers
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. Developed by O*Net's National Center, this is a great resource to explore what future career may interest you.
My Next Move resources
Northwest Michigan Hot Jobs Report
A list of hot job opportunities in our region projected from 2018-2023. The list is organized by education level, job title, average entry level wage, and average experienced level wage.
Explore the Hot Jobs Report
O*NET - National Database of Over 1,000 Occupations
Maintains a database of over 1,000 occupations across the U.S. economy. The database is continuously updated by a wide range of employees in each occupation. Users can view occupation salaries, outlook, demand, and education/ skills needed.
O*NET: Find Occupations
Pathfinder: Career Planning Tool
Pathfinder is a tool that allows you to compare career path options and compare them to each other.
Pathfinder home page
The Occupational Outlook Handbook
A resource of career information, education, training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.
United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook
Xello - Subscription Based Career Planning for Students
Xello is an engaging career planning resource for students. Students are able to develop personalized plans by exploring future possibilities. Gaining knowledge, skills, and insight to make informed decisions. Xello is priced on a per-student basis and your district may already have access to the program.
Xello home page
Northern Michigan companies play a key role in creating both good local jobs and an entrepreneurial environment where innovation and creativity lead. We take a look at eight companies destined to play a growing role in the 21st-century Northern Michigan economy.
Career Panel Video: Watch 4 People Share Their Career Paths