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Find Your Career

Are you interested in getting paid while earning your education? Do you want a career that is directly connected to what you are learning? Do you want to go to school but cannot commit to four years? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then looking into an apprenticeship or going to a trade/technical school may be your best option! Depending on the career, programs can take anywhere from 1 to 2 years and everything learned applies directly to your job. Specialized and higher paying careers will often require further education. Speak to your counselor, career and technical educator or your community college liaison to help you explore the different options available.


  • Apprenticeship NC works to develop adaptable, work ready, skilled workforce to meet the current and future needs of workers and businesses to achieve and sustain economic prosperity. Their website has a list of registered apprenticeship programs in North Carolina, which are all managed by the North Carolina Community College System.
  • Best Colleges offers help with building your resume and cover letter, finding a job, networking and mentorship resources, job search, interviewing skills, landing an internship and more!
  • College Scorecard is a free service that helps you find the right fit by searching and comparing colleges based on their fields of study, costs, admissions, results, and more. 
  • Communities in Schools (CIS) is a nonprofit organization. CIS works within public and charter schools to help at-risk students to stay in school and perform well by surrounding students with a community of support, which empowers them to achieve success in life.
  • My Next Move is an interactive tool for job seekers and students to learn more about their career options. The site has tasks, skills, salary information, and more for over 900 different careers. My Next Move is a streamlined application with key O*NET information for job seekers.
  • NC Careers aims to be North Carolina’s central online resource for students, parents, educators, job seekers and career counselors looking for high quality job and career information. Users will identify their skills/interests; explore occupations and local job needs; identify education and training opportunities and prepare to enter/re-enter the job market.
  • NC Department of Commerce has many tools to help job seekers find the perfect job for them in North Carolina.
  • NC Works Services is a free service paid by the state with more than 80 Career Centers across North Carolina. NC Works offers personalized assistance online or in-person to help individuals in every step of the job search journey.
  • O*NET OnLine has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers and more.
  • U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Resources for Students offers students in grades 4 to 12 a variety of tools to explore different jobs, occupations in STEM, the economy, data on employment and unemployment and much more.