Career Exploration

Things to consider when choosing a career


Talent Tours

Talent Tours introduce youth, parents and teachers to available career paths in the region by offering a behind the scenes look into in-demand businesses and industries.  The tours help students understand employer education and training requirements necessary to secure employment.

Impacts include relationship building, establishing a talent pipeline, talent retention, and the opportunity to see real life application of coursework.

April 2014 - Five youth currently participating in the Workforce Investment Act Youth Program recently visited Western Michigan University (WMU) to explore various professional careers at the university. This Talent Tour served two purposes . . . read more

August 2014 - In partnership with the City of Kalamazoo and a grant from Western Michigan University, Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU), a Michigan Works! service provider, was able to offer more than 130 youth the opportunity to participate in talent tours at nine area businesses during the summer of 2014. . . read more


Career Research and Exploration

The Daily Muse - Everything you need to find your dream career and be awesome at it.  Check out this on-line tool for a unique & engaging job search, career advice, & more.

Absolutely Abby - Tips for taking control of your career

Career Action Resources - Self assessments for job search and employment planning

Career Builder - Advice and tools for career and job search

Careerealism - Advice to help solve career and job search problems


Pre-apprenticeship Programs

Prepares individuals with skills and competencies needed to enter a Registered Apprenticeship Program.