Career PlanningThe first step in the career exploration process is to gather information about yourself to help you choose an appropriate career. The more you know about your interests, values, abilities, and goals, the more likely you will be to select enjoyable, stimulating work in which you will excel. Below are some activities that will help learn about who you are and what interests you:
- Take lots of classes to learn your strengths and interests.
- Learn to develop new skills through classes, clubs, sports, etc.
- Begin to explore career options. Talk to counselors, teachers, coaches, parents, and friends. Do some research into careers that interest you.
- Find part-time jobs or volunteer experiences which allow you to try different career areas.
You can also take personality and career assessments within Naviance Student. After taking the assessments, you will learn more about your personality profile and be able to identify careers that may be satisfying if the careers’ demands play to your strengths and weaknesses. Remember, these career assessments in high school are not meant to steer students to any one particular career. Ponder the results, take into consideration what themes you find in the results, and look into ways to meet your personal values and priorities in career areas that interest you.
Click on the links below to obtain the most current and detailed information from various websites.
- Log on to your Naviance Student account to use the Cluster Finder and Personality Type assessments to identify majors and careers that may be a good fit for you.
Review tasks, knowledge and abilities, and level of education requirements for careers within Naviance under the "careers" tab. You'll also be able to view average salaries by occupation by state of residence and by clicking the state you'll see different cities/areas within it.
- Watch career videos at Career One Stop.
- Review the data listed in the Understanding Credentials from Georgetown University Center on Education and Workforce. This infographic will help you visualize postsecondary education and training opportunities.