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Jobs With a Future

Find Your Future

Let Us Help You Find Your Future!

Youth ages 14-24 have access to work readiness workshops, paid work experience, community resources, post-secondary education enrollment, vocational training, supported services, and incentives for program completion.

We partner with Goodwill Industries of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties to help you gain the skills and training needed to build a successful future.

Eligibility requirements vary by program and may include proof of residency, current CA ID, social security card, and birth certificate. Contact us to learn more.

Ready to get started? Four different ways to contact us:

  1. Text Goodwill at (805) 253-2650
  2. Call Goodwill at (805) 981-0130
  3. Fill out an interest form here.
  4. Email us at workforceservices@goodwillvsb.org

Agriculture

Careers in Ag aren’t only ranching or farming, the opportunities are vast and can include engineers and economists and careers can be both highly technical and highly skilled.

Explore Ag Career Choices:

SEEAG (Students for Eco-Education & Agriculture)  Focuses on STEM in VC

AG Explorer – Find your Future in Agriculture

Farm Bureau of Ventura County

Plan Your Ag Career Pathway:

Ventura College – Agriculture Program

Ventura College – Agriculture Career Pathways

Agricultural/Plant Science
Natural Resources
Landscape Management

Clean Green

A field that spans many industries, green jobs focus on protecting and sustaining our environment. These diverse careers span water, construction, manufacturing, and many more industries.

  1. HS/OJT/AA – Water & Liquid Waste Treatment Plant and Systems Operator Job Report | Career Guide
  2. HS/OJT – Operating Engineers and other Construction Equipment Operators Job Report | Career Guide
  3. VO/OJT – Heating/Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics & Installers Job Report | Career Guide
  4. AA – Environmental Engineering Technicians Job Report | Career Guide
  5. BS – Environmental Engineer Job Report | Career Guide
  6. BS – Water Resource Specialist Job Report | Career Guide
  7. GRAD – Urban & Regional Planners Job Report | Career Guide
  • HS – High School Diploma
  • AA – Associate’s Degree
  • BS – Bachelor’s Degree
  • GRAD – Doctoral or Professional
  • OJT – On-the-Job Training
  • VO – Vocational Training
  • MA – Master’s Degree

Business Services

Covering the world of finances, IT, marketing, and more, careers in business involve creating solutions, processes, implementation, and management of products and services.

  1. HS – Insurance Sales Agents     Job Report  |  Career Guide
  2. HS/OJT – Bookkeeping, Accounting and Auditing Clerks     Job Report  |  Career Guide
  3. HS – Administrative Support     Job Report  |  Career Guide
  4. AA – Web Developers     Job Report  |  Career Guide
  5. BA/BS – Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists     Job Report  |  Career Guide
  6. BA/BS – General and Operations Managers     Job Report  |  Career Guide
  7. BA/BS – Software and Applications Developers     Job Report  |  Career Guide
  • HS – High School Diploma
  • AA – Associate’s Degree
  • BS – Bachelor’s Degree
  • GRAD – Doctoral or Professional
  • OJT – On-the-Job Training
  • VO – Vocational Training
  • MA – Master’s Degree

Healthcare

In high demand, jobs in the healthcare field may be technical, therapeutic, or administrative. These vital jobs support and supplement the work of doctors.

  1. VO/OJT –  Emergency Medical Technicians & Paramedics     Job Report  |  Career Guide
  2. AA – Dental Hygienists     Job Report  |  Career Guide
  3. VO/OJT – Medical Assistants     Job Report  |  Career Guide
  4. AA/BS – Registered Nurses (RNs)     Job Report  |  Career Guide
  5. VO/OJT – Dental Assistants     Job Report  |  Career Guide
  6. VO/OJT – Medical Records & Health Information Technicians     Job Report  |  Career Guide
  7. BS – Clinical Lab Scientist     Job Report  |  Career Guide
  • HS – High School Diploma
  • AA – Associate’s Degree
  • BS – Bachelor’s Degree
  • GRAD – Doctoral or Professional
  • OJT – On-the-Job Training
  • VO – Vocational Training
  • MA – Master’s Degree

Manufacturing

Offering a wide range of jobs, high-tech manufacturing is an evolving field. Jobs may be highly technical, involve project management, require operation of computerized equipment, or reading blueprints.

  1. HS/OJT – Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers Job Report | Career Guide
  2. HS/OJT – Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers Job Report | Career Guide
  3. HS/OJT – Machinists Job Report | Career Guide
  4. HS/OJT – Industrial Machinery Mechanics Job Report | Career Guide
  5. AA – Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Programmer Job Report | Career Guide
  6. BS – Industrial Production Managers Job Report | Career Guide
  7. BS – Architectural and Engineering Managers Job Report | Career Guide
  • HS – High School Diploma
  • AA – Associate’s Degree
  • BS – Bachelor’s Degree
  • GRAD – Doctoral or Professional
  • OJT – On-the-Job Training
  • VO – Vocational Training
  • MA – Master’s Degree

Need More Help?

I want to be independent, but there are some missing parts, where do I start?

We know it’s hard to even think about a job when you need things like a roof over your head, or a hot meal or even how to get to work when you find a job. Here are a few resources for additional help—housing, health, transportation & food to name a few.

Let us help you! 

We partner with Goodwill Industries of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties to help you gain the skills and training needed to build a successful future.

Eligibility requirements vary by program and may include proof of residency, current CA ID, social security card, and birth certificate. Contact us to learn more.

Ready to get started? Four different ways to contact us:

  1. Text Goodwill at (805) 253-2650
  2. Call Goodwill at (805) 981-0130
  3. Fill out an interest form here.
  4. Email us at workforceservices@goodwillvsb.org

Housing

Health

  • Former Foster Youth & Healthcare
    Learn what healthcare benefits are available if you are a foster youth within six months of emancipation or you have turned 18 while still in foster care.
  • Emerging Adults, After 18, Healthcare
    Health coverage for former foster youth, click for guide and form to sign up.
  • Healthcare Programs for the Uninsured of Ventura County
    Need healthcare but you’re uninsured? Visit this site for programs, requirements and availability.
  • Medi-Cal
    Medi-Cal is California’s public health insurance program and provides needed health care services for low-income individuals, families with children, seniors, children in foster care, and pregnant women.
  • Ventura County Public Health Clinics
    Public health clinics provide services such as immunizations, children's dental care, pregnancy testing, TB skin testing and Sexual Transmitted Infection (STI) testing & treatment.
  • Children’s Health Promotion
    Provide developmental screenings, parent education, and health education services to children 0-5 years of age, their families and caregivers.

Transportation

Food

  • County of Ventura – CalFresh
    The CalFresh program, helps people who have little or no income to buy nutritious groceries.
  • Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
    WIC provides federally-funded temporary assistance for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or have recently had a baby; and Infants and Children under five years of age.
  • Food Share Pantries
    Find free food or a meal for those in need via pantries, meal providers and/or farmer’s markets.
  • MANNA Conejo Valley
    Contact MANNA if you are in the Conejo Valley, hungry, and in need of direct food or grocery assistance.
  • Pet Retention Program
    Ventura County Animal Services (VCAS) provides a multitude of resources and assistance to help keep your beloved pet with you. VCAS offers low-cost vaccination clinics, pet food assistance, behavioral recommendations, and so much more.

General Support

  • CalWorks Ventura County
    The CalWORKs (California Work Opportunity & Responsibility to Kids) program provides cash assistance to families with children. Must meet eligibility requirements.
  • Ventura County Child Support Services
    Promoting the best interests and well-being of children and families by working to ensure that children receive adequate and appropriate support from both custodial and non-custodial parents.
  • Casa Pacifica – Transitional Youth Services
    Provides services to youth who have aged out of the foster care system but yet are still in need of various assistance.
  • Coalition for Family Harmony
    Provides victims of family violence with the means to help them escape their life of abuse.
  • El Concilio Family Services
    Provide direct assistance and educational programs to the underserved Latino Community. Primary services include immigration services and youth leadership and development.
  • Interface Youth Services – Crisis Outreach Program
    Are you a runaway, homeless or couch surfing youth, ages 12-21? Get assistance, guidance & support.
  • 211 Ventura County
    Provides links to available youth services in Ventura County, for example, youth programs, prevention & intervention and teen pregnancy.

What About College?

College in Ventura County comes in many shapes and sizes, there might be one that fits you!

Deciding to attend college is a BIG decision, and it’s not for everyone. But if it IS your decision, the choices are endless including 2-yr community college, 4-yr university or even further! But no matter which, you need to research and you need to make a plan—and then you need to figure out how to pay for it.

2-Year Ventura County Community Colleges

4-Year Ventura County Colleges

  • California State University
    The California State College (CSU) public system is made up of 23 campuses educating 479,000 students every year. The CSU has one of the most diverse student populations in the United States.
  • Cal State University Channel Islands (CSUCI)
    We are fortunate to have a CSU located in Ventura County. CSUCI offers an unparalleled student-centered learning experience in of Southern California’s most scenic settings.
  • University of California (UC)
    The first public UC opened its doors in 1869 with just 10 faculty members and 38 students. Today, the ten campuses of the UC system includes more than 238,000 students and 190,000 faculty and staff.
  • Cal Lutheran University
    Located in Thousand Oaks, California Lutheran University is a private university founded in 1959 and is home to more than 2,791 undergraduate (four-year) and 1,282 graduate (4-8 year) students.

Applications

  • The College Application Checklist
    There are so many important details to remember when applying to college, to keep track of requirements, print and use this checklist for tasks and deadlines for each college!
  • The Common Application
    More than 700 colleges, one application. Learn more about the Common Application and why it might be the right way for you to apply to college.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

  • California Lutheran University: Upward Bound
    The Upward Bound Program is available to students at a select number of high schools in Ventura County. The program is geared toward low-income and first-generation college bound students.
  • Sallie Mae
    Sallie Mae is the nation’s saving, planning, and paying for college company. Find options for loans, scholarships and more.
  • The College Navigator
    The U.S. Department of Education's website to help guide you through the process of finding the right college. It includes tools to help estimate expenses, find financial aid, and identify programs and majors that are right for you.
  • Federal Student Aid (or FAFSA)
    FAFSA is part of the U.S. Department of Education intended to ensure that all eligible individuals can benefit from federally funded or federally-guaranteed financial assistance for education beyond high school.
  • FinAid!
    Is one of the most comprehensive free resources for information about student financial aid, scholarships, and education loans.
  • Center for Consumer Financial Education
    Curates the best educational material to improve how individuals understand money. They find expert-driven content and educational material to help with financial planning, credit and debt, money management, and basic financial literacy.

Look for a Job

HOW do I find job placement? VC Job Search Websites

When you are just starting out, your job placement search might include answering local job placement ads, asking people you know for leads, knocking on the door of any potential employer or working with a Ventura County job placement service. Here are some good job search websites to start…

  • America’s Job Centers of California
    America’s Job Center of California (AJCC) job seeker resource centers are a terrific all-around job search website for your Ventura County job search. Explore the resources online or visit a local Ventura County job search center. Job placement seekers can get assistance in assessing skills, finding job opportunities and training, preparing a résumé, and much more.
  • CalJOBS
    CalJOBS is California’s online job search website to help job seekers navigate the state’s workforce services. The system allows users to search for jobs, build résumés, access career resources, and gather information on education, training, and job placement programs.
  • CareerOneStop
    Your source for career exploration, training & job placement.
  • My Next Move
    Enter information about your interests and discover what matches. This site provides approximate salaries, skills and personality traits for each career and then takes you directly to job placement listings.
  • My Skills, My Future
    This site is your source for employment information and inspiration, the place to manage your career, your pathway to career success, tools to help job placement seekers, students, businesses and career.
  • All the Best Advice We Could Find on How to Get a Job
    This site hopes to help you make the right career choices for a more rewarding and interesting life.

Interviewing

  • Informational Interviewing
    An informational interview is an informal conversation with someone working in an area that interests you who will give you information and advice. It is an effective research tool in addition to reading books, exploring the Internet and examining job descriptions. Learn about the benefits and how to set up an informational interview on this site.
  • Get Interview Ready
    Want to learn the secrets of successful interviewing and negotiating? Research and practice with the tools and information in the "Interview and Negotiate" section of the CareerOneStop website.
  • How To Prepare For a Job Interview
    Do you have a job placement interview on your schedule? Visit this job search website to learn how you can follow some steps before (and after) the interview to ensure that you make a terrific impression during the interview.

Salary Negotiation

  • Negotiate Your Salary
    After you receive a job offer is a good time to negotiate a salary that will be a win-win for you and your employer, read these great tips before you get started.
  • How to Negotiate Your Salary
    Negotiation can be scary. But what’s even scarier is not doing it.
  • Negotiating Your FIRST Salary
    Salary negotiation is intimidating for those just starting out or young grads starting their careers. Any how-to on salary negotiation will advise you to use your skills and experience as leverage. So, how do you make a strong case for yourself when you don’t have a lot of ammunition?
  • Don’t Make These Salary Negotiation Mistakes
    Ten easy-to-make mistakes in salary negotiation that are best avoided.

Get Job Ready

I’m ready to work, or at least I think so. Can anyone help me?

There’s more involved in “getting a job” than you probably think. And this is definitely a time in which the more you know, the better off you will be. The following organizations will help you learn the ropes BEFORE you look for a job—like writing a resume or cover letter and super important things like follow-ups and sending thank-you letters!

Youth Networked Services

  • Goodwill Industries of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties
    Youth ages 14-24 have access to work readiness workshops, paid work experience, community resources, post-secondary education enrollment, vocational training, supported services, and incentives for program completion.
  • Youth Employment Service (YES)
    The Youth Employment Service (YES) is provided at no cost to the youth of Simi Valley. Youth can make appointments to receive coaching on the job application process, interview skills, professionalism in the workplace, and job referrals. Appointments can be made by calling (805) 583-6766.
  • California Conservation Corps
    The California Conservation Corps (CCC) is a state agency hiring young men and women, 18 to 25, for a year of natural resource work and emergency response that puts youth and the environment together to benefit both. In addition to learning basic work skills, the CCC offers a Core Training Program throughout a member's stay.

Resumes

  • Resume Samples
    Take a look at this comprehensive library containing hundreds of thousands of quality resume samples across all industries.
  • Up To Work Resume Writing 101!
    Everything anyone needs to know about writing the resume that will get you the job. You will find step-by-step guides, resume samples, how to tailor your resume to a job description, and everything in-between.
  • Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
    This résumé workshop provides detailed explanations, as well step-by-step processes, for creating an effective résumé. This site also contains quick tips and resources.

Writing Letters

  • Cover Letters
    Your cover letter is the place you sell your skills and show your interest the job. This CareerOneStop resource provides examples and best practices to follow when crafting a letter.
  • Letter Examples & Writing Tips
    100+ free cover letter samples listed by type, format, and job.
  • Design Your Cover Letter!
    Writing a smart cover letter can get your foot in the door. This guide will help you to craft the best letter possible.