Career Resource Guide

Career Websites and Interest Inventory Websites

These inventories provide insight into your strengths, preferences and personality traits based on your response to related questions.

www.learnmoreindiana.org
http://www.coinedu.com/
(for home access to Coin–your login is lin14261 and your password is careercenter)

Other Career Websites

www.indnext.com
www.doleta.gov/
www.acinet.org
www.bestjobsusa.com
www.bls.gov
www.usnews.co
www.careerbuilder.com
www.jobtrak.com
www.myfuture.com
www.jobshadow.com
www.acteonline.org
www.asvabprogram.com
www.careerplanning.about.com
www.Career-Wizard.com
www.princetonreview.com/
www.fabmarks.com

SENIOR CAREER INFORMATION

SUGGESTIONS DURING YOUR LAST YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL

  • Enroll in a course that offers cooperative education in the Career Center. A student may earn pay ($) and/or earn credit for the experience. Some course offerings are Project Lead the Way (Engineering), Computer Repair/Networking, Health Occupations, Business, and some of the Trades Programs in the Career Center.
  • If you were unable to job shadow during your sophomore and junior year, this still might be possible. Many times employers will be open to this option because it is a non-paying item. Talk with possible employers, talk with friends and family, talk with school personnel–network, network, network.
  • Verify with your future post-secondary institution that your career plan is listed as one of their college majors.
  • Talk with the apprenticeship programs in your career of choice. Testing dates are available at specific times. Apprenticeship programs are very specific with entrance tests and applications.
  • If you are taking the ACT, complete the enrollment form in full. ACT gives you some good career information with your test results.
  • Utilize the Career Website listed on the Frequently Asked Questions page.

JUNIOR CAREER INFORMATION

SUGGESTIONS DURING YOUR JUNIOR YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL

  • If you were unable to job shadow during your sophomore year, now is the time to investigate your opportunities for this year.  Many times employers will be open to this option because it is a non-paying item.  Talk with possible employers, talk with friends and family, talk with school personnel–network, network, network.  Students and adults make a huge mistake when making career decisions based on “what they think” is involved in the career.  Do not make decisions on media, television, movies, or by word of mouth.  Find out yourself by seeing and doing what tasks the people do on a daily basis in that career.
  • If you have not completed a interest inventory with a self assessment, now is the time to complete this tool.  Utilize the Career Websites for free self assessment on the Frequently Asked Questions page.  **Remember, self-assessment interest inventories do not determine what career you must pursue.  The tool only gives you results what you like/dislike to do.  Many other factors determine your success in a career–grades, abilities, willingness to complete levels of education.
  • Reassess your skills and abilities with the career program you want to pursue.  Check out colleges, technical and proprietary schools, apprenticeships, military or employment with job training.  How do your grades, test scores, physical/emotional strength and proven accomplishments fall in line with the requirements of the career?
  • Investigate the opportunities and employment outlook for careers.  What is the current job availability?  What is the projected growth of the career?
  • Visit post-secondary institutions that your career plan indicates would be a good match.  Verify that the institution offers your major or majors.
  • Talk with the apprenticeship programs in your career of choice.  Testing dates are available at specific times usually in the spring of your senior year.  Apprenticeship programs are very specific with their entrance tests and applications.
  • If you are taking the ACT, complete the enrollment form in full.  ACT gives you some excellent career information with your test results.
  • Utilize the Career Websites listed on the Frequently Asked Questions page.

SOPHOMORE CAREER INFORMATION

SUGGESTIONS DURING YOUR SOPHOMORE YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL

  • If you have not made the time to investigate your opportunities prior to this year, now is the time.  Employers will be open to this option because it is a non-paying item.  Talk with possible employers, talk with friends and family, talk with school personnel–network, network, network.  Students and adults make a huge mistake when making career decisions based on “what they think” is involved in the career.  Do not make decisions on media, television, movies, or by word of mouth.  Find out yourself by seeing and doing what tasks the people do on a daily basis in that career.
  • During the summer months or during school vacations, try to investigate possible part-time paying positions in your area of interest.  Students can learn skills from entry-level positions that are transferable to other careers.
  • If you have not completed a interest inventory with a self assessment, now is the time to complete this tool.  Utilize the Career Websites for free self assessment on the Frequently Asked Questions page.  **Remember, self-assessment interest inventories do not determine what career you must pursue.  The tool only gives you results what you like/dislike to do.  Many other factors determine your success in a career–grades, abilities, willingness to complete levels of education.
  • Reassess your skills and abilities with the career program you want to pursue.  Check out colleges, technical and proprietary schools, apprenticeships, military or employment with job training.  How do your grades, test scores, physical/emotional strength and proven accomplishments fall in line with the requirements of the career?
  • Investigate the opportunities and employment outlook for careers.  What is the current job availability?  What is the projected growth of the career?
  • Visit post-secondary institutions that your career plan indicates would be a good match.  Verify that the institution offers your major or majors.
  • Talk with the apprenticeship programs in your career of choice.  Testing dates are available at specific times usually in the spring of your senior year.  Apprenticeship programs are very specific with their entrance tests and applications.
  • If you are taking the ACT, complete the enrollment form in full.  ACT gives you some excellent career information with your test results.
  • Utilize the Career Websites listed on the Frequently Asked Questions.

Career Frequently Asked Questions

What are some factors to consider when choosing a career fit for me?

  1. Determine the level of education and training required for your chosen career.
    1. 4-year college
    2. 2-year college
    3. Technical or proprietary school
    4. Apprenticeship
    5. Military
    6. Workforce readiness
  2. Determine your skills and abilities.
    1. Grades
    2. Test Scores from SAT/ACT/ISTEP/ASVAB
    3. Physical strengths
    4. Proven accomplishments
  3. Determine your interests.
    1. Take an interest inventory on COIN, Learn More Indiana, ASVAB on line. (See web sites below). There are a few professional career counselors that administer self-assessment tests/interest inventories and interpret the results for a fee. Students in the Career Center complete an assessment during their junior year with an interpretation.
  4. Determine employment outlook.
    1. Are there jobs available in your career selection? Research the projected growth of career in The Occupational Handbook (on line or the text in the media center).

Career Websites and Interest Inventory Websites

These inventories provide insight into your strengths, preferences and personality traits based on your response to related questions.

http://www.in.gov/learnmoreindiana/

www.coin3.com

(for home access to Coin–your login is lin14261 and your password is careercenter)