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)
- Big Future - match your interests with careers
Explore Your Areas of Interest through Classes
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
- 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.