CAREER PLANNING RESOURCES

Step 1: Reflect and Discover
Discover Your Interests and Aptitudes
Naviance - try the StrengthsExplorer, Career Interest Profiler, & Cluster Finder 
Kiersey.com - try the Kiersey Temperament Sorter, a personality test
ASVAB Career Exploration Program - this test assesses your aptitudes and interests and is offered at VRHS each fall
Next offering: November 1st, 2017 - register under "College Visits" in Naviance
Big Future - match your interests with careers

Explore Your Areas of Interest through Classes
LISD Programs of Study - use these as an academic guide to preparing for your career interests
LISD Endorsement Areas
Consider what Austin Community College & take classes for FREE while in high school

Other Ways to Explore
Join related clubs/organizations
Volunteer
Work, intern, or job shadow - particpate in COOL Week during senior year
Step 2: Research Careers and Earnings Potential
What will you need to make to support your lifestyle?  Try the Reality Check and the Career Check to get an idea!
Learn more about specific careers using Naviance's Explore Careers & Clusters tool
Find out more about job descriptions, outlook, earnings potential, and education requirements using:
     Occupational Outlook Handbook - assembled by the U.S. Dept of Labor
     ONET - career exploration and job analysis

Consider:
What will a certificate earn you?  An associate's degree?  A bachelor's degree?  A graduate degree?
Are there job openings in this field?
Are there other related jobs that are more secure?
Step 3: Determine an Educational Path
Research which institutions will offer a path to your career.  Do you need to go to a technical or trade school?  Community college?  Four-year institution?  Graduate school?  Where should you start?

Naviance's College SuperMatch and Big Future's College Search both offer college search tools that allow you to filter
  for schools by major.
- Austin Community College offers many degrees and certificates, or is a good place to start your education if you're
  unsure.  
- ACC also has a Continuing Education Workforce Development program - they offer certificates that can help you    
  quickly enter the workforce.