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
  • 16 Personalities - try this personality test to gain a better understanding of yourself
  • ASVAB Career Exploration Program - this test assesses your aptitudes and interests and is offered at VHS each fall (most recently offered on October 2, 2018)
      • Step 1: Understanding your ASVAB Results video
      • Step 2: Use your access code (bottom right of score report) to log into ASVAB website (enter as student/client and create login) to complete the Find Your Interest inventory.
      • Step 3: Connect your results as guided through the Exploring the Occu-Find video
  • 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

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

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?