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Resources & Tools


Backwards Design

  1. Identify & Understand Your Interests
  2. Identify & Understand Your Strengths
  3. Explore Careers
  4. Understand Required Education/Training

General Career Exploration Resources

Use Xello and other career tools. Xello is accessed through each student's Google waffle.

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CareerOnestop (Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor):

Tools to assess yourself, explore careers, understand high demand careers, learn the required education/training.

Self Assessments

Career Exploration

Plan your Career

O*NET OnLine:

Tool to help you explore occupation information.

My Next Move:

Tool to help you identify what you want to do for a living. 

Federal Student Aid Career Search

Career Research tool provided by FAFSA.

Federal Reserve Bank - Labor Market for Recent College Graduates

Interactive tool to assess labor market outcomes.

Minnesota State CAREERwise (Part of Minnesota State Colleges and Universitites):

Tools to assess yourself, explore careers, plan your education, and find jobs.

Minnesota DEED Career and Education Explorer

Tools to learn more about career demand, wages, and required education.

Minnesota CareerForce

Free or affordable education/training opportunities. Career/job locator resource. 

Washington County Earnings (for health care and manufacturing) vs. Living Affordability

Understand what jobs in health care and manufacturing are paying in Washington County. That information is taken a step further to help you determine if you could live in Washington County with those earnings.

Trade Career Resources


Female apprentice on site with mentor in hard hats.

Apprenticeship is time honored practice through which employees are able to develop skills through both instruction and on the job training. Employers around the country are turning to apprenticeship to ensure they have skilled employees.

Learn more about the robust apprenticeship program in MN by visiting the Department of Labor and Industry's webpage.

Construction Career Pathways:

Tool to learn more about construction careers and apprenticeship. 

Construct Tomorrow:

Tool to learn more about union construction apprenticeship from the point of view of an apprentice plus directory links to apprenticeship tranining center. 

Trades Hub:

Tool to learn more about specific trades, required training, and opportunities available. 

Generation T:

Tool to learn more about specific trades, required training, and opportunities available.