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Frequently Asked Questions

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Quick Start:

  1. Do you have a user guide to show me how to use this site?
  2. Can you help me if I am in the middle of a crisis?
  3. Do you have resources for adults on California Career Center?

Middle & High School:

  1. Why should I finish high school?
  2. Do you have any tips to help a middle schooler get ready for high school?
  3. How important are high school grades and grade point average (GPA) for college admission?
  4. What are Career Pathways?
  5. Can you help me create a plan for high school?
  6. What are the A-G classes required to attend a California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC) college?
  7. Are there high school programs where I can explore careers?
  8. What is CTE?
  9. Are there Career Technical Student Organizations in California?
  10. What are Regional Occupational Programs?
  11. Can I get work experience in high school?
  12. Do adult schools offer vocational classes?
  13. Are there high school classes or programs focused on preparing for college?
  14. How do I figure out my post-high school goals?

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Career Options:

  1. How can I match my skills and interests to occupations?
  2. How can I identify the skills and interests that I have?
  3. How can I discover jobs that might interest me and then explore them?
  4. What skills and qualities are employers looking for in the workplace?
  5. How can I create a career action plan?
  6. Where can I find a list of occupations?

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Getting a Job:

  1. Are there resources which will help me find my first job?
  2. How will networking help me find a job?
  3. What is an internship?
  4. What is job shadowing?
  5. What are informational interviews and how can they be helpful to me? 
  6. What is one of the most frequently asked interview questions? 
  7. Do you have any tips on how to write a resume? 
  8. Do you have any advice on how to write a cover letter?
  9. Do you have any tips on how to fill out a job application? 
  10. How can I prepare for an interview? 
  11. What should I do during an interview? 
  12. Are there any interview questions which an employer can’t ask me?
  13. What do I need to know as a teen looking for work?
  14. What services can I get at a California One-Stop Career Center? 
  15. What is a work permit?

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Education & Training:

  1. What is an apprenticeship program?
  2. What programs do independent career and technical schools have?
  3. What are the advantages of going into the military?
  4. What are AmeriCorps, Job Corps, and the California Conservation Corps?
  5. What factors should I consider in choosing a college or university?
  6. How can I be admitted to a four-year college or university in California directly out of high school?
  7. What tests do I need to take to get into college?
  8. As a student-athlete, what special requirements do I need to know about for college athletic eligibility?
  9. What tips do you have to increase my chances of getting into the colleges of my choice?
  10. Are there any resources that can help me choose the right college for me?
  11. How can I be admitted to a community college in California?
  12. How can I transfer from a community college to a California State University (CSU), University of California (UC), or independent four-year college?
  13. What college and university choices do I have in California?
  14. What types of programs are available to me in California Community Colleges?
  15. What is the CSU system?
  16. What is the UC system?
  17. Are all colleges in California public colleges?
  18. What are the admission requirements for the U.S. Armed Forces academies?
  19. How can I find out about studying abroad after high school?
  20. What questions should I ask if I want to consider schools offering online education programs?



  1. Are there resources on California Career Center if I have to deal with challenges not all students need to face in career and college planning such as being a Foster Youth, Special Education Student, or Youth with Disabilities?

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Money Management:

  1. Where can I get information about managing money, budgeting, credit, and savings? [PDF]
  2. Are there any resources online for me to develop a realistic budget to match my career goals with budget expenses? 
  3. How can I afford to go to college? 
  4. Do you have any tips to reduce my costs for postsecondary education? 
  5. What is a FAFSA and what are some common grant and student loan programs? 
  6. What are some frequent financial aid or scholarship scams?
  7. As an immigrant student, am I eligible to pay instate tuition at California public colleges and universities?

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  1. Do you have videos on this site? 

For Educators:

  1. Do you have any specific resources available for me in the following areas:

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Parents & Guardians:

  1. Do you have any specific resources available for me in the following areas: College exploration & planning? Career exploration & planning? Teaching my child about money?
  2. Special needs children and services? 

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