It's never too early to start thinking about what you want to do after high school. Try to find a career that matches your interests, abilities, and values - if you are able to finda career you truly enjoy, you are likely to be much happier in other areas of your life! Below are links for several interest inventory websites which you may find helpful:
JobCorps: Do you want to prepare for a career after high school? JobCorps is a FREE education and training program for young people who are U.S. Citizens, between 16 and 24 years old, and qualify as low income.
West Central Illinois Building & Construction Trades Council : Want to find a job after graduation that will pay for your training? This link will take you to the Apprenticeship section of this organization's website. The PDF located at the top is very useful and describes each apprenticeship in detail. The last few pages of this document give wage information and application and interview dates.
What's Next Illinois: This is a career, high school, and college planning website complete with interest, skills, and values inventories, a resume builder, and a financial aid planner.
ACT Profile: ACT Profile Beta is a new, evolving, and free college and career planning social networking site. This site offers: an interest inventory, a values inventory, an abilities inventory, military career exploration, and detailed career exploration (an outline of high school coursework, post-high school training levels and coursework, salary and detailed career roles and services). This site also offers the ability to search for colleges based on degree-level offered and state location.
O*Net: This website contains career exploration tools such as interest and ability inventories. This site also contains an extensive database of information on a variety of careers, such as a description of the job, work environment, educational requirements, and average earnings.
Career Cruising: Log in using the high school's username and password (if you do not know what this is, ask the school counselor) to create a profile for this website, and use a password you are sure to remember! This site contains an interest inventory, an ability inventory, and a personality inventory, and it combines information from all 3 tests to help give you an idea of a few careers which may be the right fit for you. This site also contains a resume builder, a college search tool and a scholarship search engine.
NextStepU: This is another comprehensive post-high school planning site that includes career information, a college search tool, and a scholarship search engine.
Kiersey Temperament Sorter: This is a questionnaire that helps you to define what type of a personality you have. I recommend taking this questionnaire a few days apart from the Myers-Briggs Typology Indicator.
Myers-Briggs Typology Indicator: This questionnaire is very similar to the Kiersey Temperament Sorter. I recommend taking these tests close together and comparing your results! The Kiersey website has more information about what your results mean than the Myers-Briggs Typology Indicator (MBTI). Please let me know if you have any questions.
Occupational Outlook Handbook: This annually updated website is published by the U.S. Dept. of Labor and contains pertinent information such as education needed, working conditions, earnings, expected job prospects, and typical job duties, for hundreds of careers.
Career One Stop: This is a pathway to career success, providing tools to help job seekers, students, businesses and career professionals. This site is sponsored by the United States Department of Labor.
Illinois WorkNet: This website is brought to you by the Governor's Illinois Workforce Investment Board and is a resource that contains interest and skills inventories, information on job trends in Illinois, guidelines for resumes and cover letters, assistance for seeking apprenticeships, job search tools, and much more.