Get Work Experience

You need to get a job but everyone wants work experience first. So how are you going to do that?

Volunteer, seek an internship, do seasonal or temporary work! Getting work experience for the first time often means working for little to no pay—but that’s OK, the experience and education you gain from it are priceless, you’re building the foundation of your work life.

  • Oxnard Chamber Direct Path to Success The Oxnard Chamber works with High School students on a variety of work-based learning experiences, including guest speaking, job shadowing, mentoring and internships.
  • California Lutheran University (CLU) CLU offers currently enrolled college students several avenues to securing full-time jobs, internships, and on-campus part-time work-study jobs.
  • California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) CSUCI offers this one-stop shop to currently enrolled college students for jobs/internships including 500+ positions (e.g., on-campus, part-time, and full-time positions).
  • Land the Perfect Internship Internships provide opportunities to learn about careers that match your academic and personal interests. Benefits are many, including test-driving a future career as well as building your professional network.
  • P-20 Council The Ventura County P-20 Council is working to connect internship candidates with employers throughout Ventura County.

  • Youth Program Finder
    Find youth employment programs in your area. If you're between the ages of 16 and 24, you may be able to find free job, career, and training assistance at a local youth program. Different programs offer different services, contact a few programs to ask what kinds of assistance they offer.

  • Volunteer Match
    Volunteer work expands your understanding of other people's lives and working together for a common cause. Bringing Good Causes and Good People Together.
  • Volunteer Ventura County
    You can volunteer right here close to home! This site lists opportunities that you can sign up for and participate in without having to travel very far. Make a difference in your own community.

  • Get Info on Seasonal/Part Time Employment
    In a “temp” or seasonal job an employee is expected to remain in a position only for a certain period of time. Check out this informative DOL (Department of Labor) page—everything you need to know about PT employment including a great FAQ section.
  • Seasonal Employment
    Search for seasonal employment as well as sign up for job alerts. This site is informational too—learn what kinds of industries have seasonal employment.

  • Job Shadowing
    Learn about a job by shadowing a competent worker. If you know someone doing the type of work you are considering, ask them if you could ‘shadow’ for a day or two!