Aim for Your Future

Are you looking for a new job? Want to change careers? Don’t know what to do next? It might be a good time to do some career exploration.

Your Finances

Examining your financial needs and goals is an important step in career planning.  Knowing what you need to earn to be self-sufficient and beyond will help you to identify the right career.

Living Wage Information

Local Calculation

Identify Your Current Needs

Financial Worksheet

Move Beyond the Basics

Online Tools

The Right Career for You

It’s important to identify the kinds of jobs that will provide you with satisfaction. There are career planning tools and self-assessment tools available online to help you get started. These tools can help you learn more about yourself and the occupations that might be right for you. The tools can help you to develop a career pathway by helping you to identify a short term and long term goal. It is also important to understand the local labor market. Occupational choices may be influenced by the wages paid in the local area and whether there are job opportunities in the local area.

Interest Assessment

Is a website sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor and a partner of the American Job Center network. It can help you explore careers to learn more about specific occupations. Take some Self-assessments to learn more about what careers you might like. Learn about careers to help do better at finding and keeping a job, and getting reemployed if you lose a job. Plan your career to help you set goals and stay on track with career and educational goals. Veterans will find helpful information in the Veteran and Military Transition Center section.

My Next Move
Is a website sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration and is associated with O*NET OnLine. This website will allow you to search for careers with keywords. Help you to browse careers by industry. Explore options based on your interests if you are not sure what you want to do. If you are a veteran, it will help you to translate your military experience into a civilian career.

This tool provides information to job seekers to help make informed choices about educational and career options. This free tool uses current labor market information, longitudinal wage data, and other institutional data and metrics, allowing improved skills-matching to career paths and jobs.

Labor Market Information

Michigan Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives
The State of Michigan’s Labor Market Information website can provide information about occupations by industry, wages, occupations, and long and short-term employment projections.

M/SCWDB Demand Occupation List
Each year the Macomb/St. Clair Workforce Development Board develops a local Demand Occupation List for Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works!

Visit with a Michigan Works! Career Planner for a more personalized approach.

If all of this seems overwhelming, a Michigan Works! Career Planner can help to guide you through this process.

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Your Goal

Create your plan of action: identify a short and long-term career goal

Now that you have done some career exploration, you have hopefully identified a career goal.  Developing career goals is a way to plan for your future, and can be categorized as short-term and long-term goals.  Short-term goals are those that can be achieved in six months to three years, while it may take three to five years to reach long-term goals.  Thinking about career goals in this way can help you to develop a career pathway.  Developing long-term goals and working backward to create a plan brings organization and clarity to the actions and decisions you are making.  Goals serve as a roadmap and remind you of where you need to go and what choices you need to make.

Use our worksheet to help create your plan.
Career Goal Setting Worksheet

Get the Support You Need

Basic Skills Assessment

If you are thinking about returning to school, but are not sure whether you would be successful, consider taking a basic skills assessment that can be administered by a Michigan Works! Career Planner.  This assessment will look at reading and math skills and will help you to determine if you are ready for advanced training, or you need some brushing up.

Get personalized resources and support for your unique life situation from a Michigan Works! Career Planner.

Occupational Skills Training for Adults

Does your career goal require more skills than you currently have?  Michigan Works! may be able to help you get the training you need to move along your career pathway.

Talk to a Career Planner about:

Classroom Training              On-the-Job Training

Michigan Works! Young Professionals

may be what you are looking for if you are 16 to 24 years old and are looking for assistance to reach your career goals.

Veterans Services

Veterans and eligible spouses receive priority of service under any qualified job training program funded in whole or in part by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

Employability Boot Camp

is a one week intensive workshop designed to prepare the veterans to do an effective job search. This workshop provides tools techniques, practice and support to rapidly re-enter the workforce.

Specialized services are available for veterans facing barriers to employment. Connect with a Disabled Veteran’s Outreach Program Specialist (DVOP) through a Michigan Works! Career Planner.

Older Workers

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a community service work-based training program for low-income unemployed seniors.

Human Services

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services provides a wide variety of programs for adults and children. Visit to learn more about the services that are available.

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Do you need guidance?

Talk to a Michigan Works! Career Planner about your specialized need. They can connect you with resources that may help.

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