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
- National Career Development Association - explore careers, plan for the future, search for employment, and find additional training necessary to pursue your dream
- Big Future - match your interests with careers
- ASVAB - this test assesses your aptitudes and interests and is offered at VHS each fall
- Explore Careers by Taking Classes
- Other Ways to Explore
- Join related clubs/organizations
- Work, intern, or job shadow - participate in COOL Week during your senior year (information will be released regarding COOL week at a later date).
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
- Naviance's using the Explore Careers & Clusters tool
- Find out more about job descriptions, outlook, earnings potential, and education requirements using:
Important Things to Consider While Career Researching:
- 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 desired 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 schools by major.
- Austin Community College offers many degrees and certificates and is a good place to start your education if you are unsure.
- Austin Community College also has a Continuing Education Workforce Development program - where they offer certificates that can help you quickly enter the workforce.