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Career Exploration & Planning

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Building a Foundation for Success

Below is our comprehensive career exploration and planning hub.  We have developed a curated collection of reputable resources aimed at guiding students and young adults through the journey of discovering potential career paths, understanding the necessary steps, and ultimately crafting a roadmap to success. Regardless of the career path, there are resources to guide informed decision making.

Career Resources

CareerOneStop is the flagship career, training, and job search website for the U.S. Department of Labor. The website serves job seekers, businesses, students, and career advisors with a variety of free online tools, information and resources.

Browse Detroit career fairs and job guides, powered by Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation, a Michigan Works! Agency. Supported by the State of Michigan, Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity.

Mapping Your Future helps students, families, and schools with higher education and student loans, offering resources for career, college, and financial aid information. They assist in helping students plan, prepare, and pay for higher education.

O*NET OnLine provides broad access to their comprehensive database of occupational information. With its extensive search options, O*NET serves as an important resource for individuals seeking career information and guidance.

This publication highlights Michigan's high-demand, high-wage careers that show a favorable mix of projected long-term job growth, projected annual job openings, and median wages through 2030 in various industries.

My Next Move is an interactive tool for job seekers and students to learn more about their career options and can find careers through keyword search. My Next Move has tasks, skills, salary information, and more for over 900 different careers.

Pathfinder uses current labor market, wage and institutional data and metrics to help you create an individualized career roadmap. This free tool provides information to students, their parents, and guidance staff to make informed choices about educational and career options.

Whether you're looking for new career paths or just looking for inspiration, we'll meet you at your level, match your learning style, and get you started on your career exploration journey, empowering you to make informed decisions about your future.

Check out the videos from local professionals describing their career journeys. 

Careers of Interest

Students across Wayne County have expressed great interest in the career pathways listed below. Because of this our team has developed the resources below. Click on the tab to explore local resources and opportunities in Wayne County and surrounding communities. Check back often as we continue to grow our library of career pathway specific resources.

Planning Resources

Career and Financial Aid Resources

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Financial Aid & Scholarships

A well-curated resource page for financial aid and scholarships is a crucial tool for students navigating college, postsecondary, and career technical education pathways. These resources empower students and play a pivotal role in alleviating financial barriers, ensuring individuals can pursue their education and career goals without undue financial strain.

Postsecondary Navigation

The Wayne RESA Postsecondary Success Navigator helps provide navigational support for referred recent graduates of the Career Counseling initiative. Post secondary navigators empower alumni to build and pursue their unique career roadmap, develop resiliencies to cope with the challenges of transition, gain courage to advocate for themselves, and cultivate a network to support their goals.

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Contact the Wayne RESA Workforce Department

Krista McKinney-King

Director of Workforce Development, CTE, Adult Ed & Career Counseling

Danielle Bean Jackson

Career Counselor

Paul Carlin

Career Counselor

Christopher Ferrell

Career Counselor

Dena Greene

Career Counselor

Latanja Lilly

Career Counselor

Quan Neloms

Career Counselor

Lisa Sadikot

Career Counselor