Career planning is a critical element of making progress toward economic self-sufficiency. However, career planning can be complex and requires lots of different types of information – cost of living, labor market (what jobs are in demand/growing), wages, training requirements, etc. The Self-Sufficiency Calculator is designed to help you organize information from multiple sources to explore options so you can make a plan.
You may have questions before you can get started; below are some additional resources that may help you answer these questions.
How Can I Find a Job?
Visit WorkSourceWA to search for job openings in Washington state
- Use the easy search field at the top of the home page to look for a specific type of job near you
- Explore other available Career Tools and Resources from the WorkSourceWA home page
How Do I Figure Out What Job is Right for Me?
Find resources to help you think about jobs/careers that might be right for you on the state's community and technical college website
Checkout MapYour Career to learn about jobs and pathways in high-demand industries
Visit the state’s employment data site to learn more about specific occupations, including wages and education requirements
Use CareerBridge to find training programs
Where Can I Get Assistance?
Find online resources or get free in-person employment and training assistance at your nearest WorkSource office
Visit the state’s unemployment insurance page to find information about benefits and resources if you’ve lost your job
Visit your local WDC website for additional information about resources in your area
What if I Need Other Types of Support?
Get help finding health insurance coverage at Washington Healthplanfinder
Visit Washington Connection to find state and local programs that can help with child care, food, housing, or other costs
Find financial literacy tools and other resources at Change Counts!
Other community resources can be found at Washington Information Network 2-1-1