ACC Career Connections Program

Career Exploration

Whether you are just starting to explore a career or you are contemplating a change, its important to choose a career that is a good fit. Career exploration is not the same as job searching. You are not just looking for a job but looking at a process of choosing education, training, and a career that is a good match for your interests, skills, and abilities.

Begin your career exploration journey by taking some self-assessments. No one knows you better than you. By first focusing on your unique talents and personal dreams, you can better establish a foundation upon which to build a career path structure.

We suggest you consider the following three websites to begin your journey.


  • CareerOneStop is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. You might also see it linked to O*Net. CareerOneStop takes you to their Career Exploration page. From that page, you can take a series of self-assessments to help you identify careers related to your personal interests, skills, and unique abilities. You can explore career options. With this tool you can identify specifics on the duties for careers, typical educational requirements, and specific knowledge and skills required.
  • O*Net OnLine is an online tool created for the U.S. Department of Labor. You can find information about occupations, take self-assessments, find out about pay potential, or choose jobs related to specific tools, skills, industries, or fields of work. Visit the O*Net OnLine website listed below and start with a series of self-assessments under their Advanced Search button.
  • TexasCares, through the Texas Workforce Commission, helps you explore the many opportunities in today's workplace. Through the website below, you can take self-assessments, identify jobs that have transferable skills to your own, look at career clusters, and other occupational information.