Career Planning Resources using Naviance

Step 1: Reflect and Discover

Discover Your Interests and Aptitudes

Naviance - try the StrengthsExplorer, Career Interest Profiler, & Cluster Finder - try the Kiersey Temperament Sorter, a personality test

Big Future - match your interests with careers

Explore Your Areas of Interest through Classes

LISD Program of Study and Endorsement Areas

Consider Austin Community College & take classes while in high school

Other Ways to Explore

Join related clubs/organizations

Volunteer (try Volunteer Match or peruse KUT's Get Involved page)

Work, intern (try Texas Internship Challenge), 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 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


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.