Career Exploration

What do I Want to Do With My Life?

It can sometimes seem like everyone around you is exerting tons of pressure on you to know what you want to be when you “grow up.” This could mean that you might need to go to college, a trade school, or just enter the workforce. Nonetheless, these are big decisions and they can sometimes be difficult to make. Because we (your school counselors) know that, we have provided a list of resources for you to use to help you in your career planning process. The first set of resources is a collection of websites that offer career exploration exercises. Some of them include assessments so that you can match your interests and abilities to careers that might work best for you. Other websites simply allow you the ability to delve deeper into what some of the career options entail. In any event, use these resources to your advantage. If you would like to discuss results with your counselor please feel free to do so!

The second set of resources is a small collection of career planning worksheets. These will help you to narrow down career options, career goals, and map out some of the decision making details. These are also tools you can bring to your counselor for help or to talk through your career path. We are here to help!!

Online Resources for Career Exploration:

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The online Handbook of Methods This link will open in a new tab. offered by the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics is a great site that offers information about a variety of different careers. After taking some of the above career assessments, this tool could really help you flesh out your options. You can find information about the education levels needed, job prospects, working conditions and much more for each occupation you are considering.

Careership This link will open in a new tab. is another career interest website that uses the O*NET profiler to offer you information about what career options might interest you. Again, Please note that the inventory you take is meant to match you to possible career options. This does not mean that if you get “plumber” as a career option that you are destined to be a plumber. Have fun with this one- it is a great resource!

Career Builder This link will open in a new tab. is yet another great online tool that offers a variety of assessments. These assessment tools will further aid you in your quest to finding a career path that is right for you.

Links to Worksheet to Help With Career Planning:
Career Planning GuideThis link will open in a new tab. Worksheet (outline options you are considering)
Pro/Con QuandaryThis link will open in a new tab. Worksheet
“Goal Setting for My Career” Worksheet

 

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