Introduction to Learning About Work
You may already have a job and be earning some money. Having a job is not only a great way to buy things and be more independent, but it also helps with learning about budgeting, saving money, taxes, and how to be responsible.
But getting a job isn’t always easy (if you have a job, you might already know that). There’s a lot more to it than you think. Also, a job isn’t the same thing as a career. A career is something you might want to train for and get education in because you think you might want to do that for a long time. A job can be any kind of employment where you are hired and earn money for any amount of time.
Sound confusing? It can be. But most of us here at The Youthhood have jobs and are earning money. And most of us want to have a career someday too. The Job Center is a great place to do some career exploration.
So check out more topics below to learn more about employment, jobs, job training, and careers, and what this has to do with being independent and planning for your future.
Try a Youthhood activity:
Browse a Web site:
- What Interests You? (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
- Skills Profiler
- Transferable Skills Survey
- Career Exploration, Training & Jobs (Career One Stop) Browse CareerOneStop's video collection to learn about careers, industries, skills and abilities, or work options and education levels, many also available in Spanish.
- JobStar Central: Job Search Guide
- Drive of Your Life (Indiana Youth Institute) Drive of Your Life is a fun Indiana specific online career exploration game. It helps middle school and high school students learn more about themselves, higher education and careers. This free educational tool lets kids answer a series of questions about themselves to learn what careers could interest them and then go on a virtual drive to learn more about each of those careers – all in their own customized car.
- Jobs & Careers (USA Gov) Games, videos and information for teens about jobs and careers.