Investing in your Future
What happens after high school? How do you get a job? How should you prepare for college or a career? These are big questions, and the Foothill WDB Youth Services team is here to help you answer them. We help you think about what’s possible for your future and find the resources you need to get there. Even if you’ve been out of school for a while, we’ll help you create a plan to find a job, go to school, get training for a career, or even start your own business. We’re ready to make an investment in your future, right along with you.
How does a career differ from a job? What is a career path and why is it important? As a youth aged 14-21, you are at the beginning stage of your working life. Most young people are not planning to keep a single job their entire adult life. While having a job provides a way to earn money, having a career opens opportunities to learn specific skills that lead to higher paying jobs with increasing responsibility over time. The progression someone takes from working in an entry level job to a holding a higher skilled job in the same field is known as a career path. Moving along a career path usually requires specialized training on the job and education beyond high school. Since you most likely will have many jobs in your lifetime, it’s important to explore different careers to discover your interests and talents. The resources below can help you identify your personal career goals and then map out the steps needed to achieve them.