advice planning


 “Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

-- Mark Twain

Most of us struggle, at least a bit, when we are looking into educational paths for work. We may have limited ideas about what interests us because we have limited experiences in the world of work. We are not sure about what we might be good at. What we don't realize in our uncertain moments is that exploring and trying and reconsidering options as we learn about areas of interest and about ourselves is part of the whole process!

There are many online tools and community resources that you can use to help you figure out next steps as well as big dreams.


Work with the experts locally: call them, email them, visit them!

  • Southwestern's Advisors want to hear from you. They are particularly knowledgeable about finding and completing college program credentials so that your specific needs can be met as you attend school.
  • WorkSource Oregon has people and tools to help you in all aspects of your career, including exploring interests, evaluating skills, and looking at what additional training or education you may need to meet your goals or as they help you define your goals.

        Local office:
        990 South 2nd Street
        Coos Bay, OR 97420
        (541) 756-8459


Explore on your own with online tools!

There are all kinds of web sites and online tools to help us look at our interests, skills, and all the other aspects of figuring out what career you want to pursue. Here are a few staff favorites.

MyPlan's value's Values Assessment can help you decide what is important to you in a job. Rank different aspects of work and see how those map to common work values. Those values can help you choose careers to explore.


CAREERwiseEveryone has a different way to describe themselves and what they like to do. Minnesota State's CAREERwise "Assess Yourself" survey lets you rate activities, subjects personal qualities to find careers that match your interests.


O*Net's interest plannerO*Net's Interest Profiler on helps you relate your interests to the world of work. You can find out more about what you like to do, which helps you decide what careers you might enjoy.