Your future career – more than just a job

Entering the workforce takes careful planning and involves matching your strengths with the skills employers want. In this course, we will guide you step-by-step as you explore careers and continue your career planning process. We’ll show you how to discover your potential path and share your career goals with educators, family members, and service providers.

We'll cover different career topics, including self-determination, increasing knowledge of self and careers, utilizing support networks to assist with identifying a career goal, and developing action steps to prepare for employment.

Learn at your own pace through online modules that include engaging and accessible videos, practical activities, and high-quality resources.

Are you an educator or service provider who wants students to succeed in the workplace?

Educators and service providers can use this course to supplement career development curricula. The content can be taught in either in-person or virtual environments.

Featuring videos, practical activities, and high-quality resources, this course is free, accessible, and provides 10 recertification points if approved by your building administrator.

Lesson 1: Finding a Career Begins with You!

To find a career you love, you need to spend some time considering who you are. This lesson provides an overview of how to make decisions, advocate for yourself, set goals, and explore your strengths, preferences, interests, and needs.

Lesson 2: Explore and Research

With so many careers to choose from, it can feel daunting to know where to start. In this lesson, you will learn about how careers are grouped and explore career pathways that align with your strengths and interests. This lesson also provides information about work-based learning opportunities that may be available to you before you finish high school.

Lesson 3: Explore Paths, Set Goals, and Plan

Once you have an idea of who you are and which careers may be a good match for you, it’s time to explore your options. This lesson walks you through the process of how to set a career goal, research paths you can take to meet that goal, and develop an Academic and Career Plan.

Lesson 4: Prepare for Success

A plan without action doesn’t lead anywhere. This lesson is all about preparing and taking action to meet your goals, which includes identifying your support network and resources. Before you know it, you’ll be on your way to a career you love.


Students, grades 8 and higher, who are interested in exploring interests and preparing for their career.

Educators, school counselors, service providers, and family members interested in utilizing the course content to equip students who are interested in gaining information to successfully navigate the career preparation process.

For those interested in facilitating the course in small-group or whole-class instructional settings, CTI provides The Get Ready for Your Career Facilitator's Guide.

Technical requirements

Participants need a computer with internet access and the ability to view PDFs and watch videos. CTI video lectures are captioned and have transcripts.

  • Cost: Free
  • Duration: Flexible
  • Lessons: 4
  • CRC Credits: 10 Credits Recertification Points: 10 Points
  • Pace: Self-paced
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