Students should begin to explore a variety of careers based on their interests, skills, abilities, and values. Extensive research has demonstrated support for using these categories to help individuals discern those careers or areas of post-secondary training or study that they would most likely enjoy and be successful doing. However, we also encourage parents to be involved in this process by providing ongoing guidance and facilitating real life opportunities for further exploration through personal and community resources.
There are several areas of exploration that combine to help students make informed choices about post-secondary (after high school) training and education including:
Bridges Choices Planner
Bridges is an education and career planning service for students. Bridges Choices Planner is an online program that helps students and parents explore educational options, discover a wide variety of occupations, and make plans to achieve his or her goals --from school or from home! Use the Bridges - Quick Start Guide to get started.
PLAY THE MAPPING YOUR FUTURE GAME!
www.showmethefuture.org is a free online life skills and money management game. Players are required to provide their school name, and zip code and then you will be assigned a career, salary, family status, children at which point in the game, you will be required to make decisions based on real life. THIS IS A TRUE EYE - OPENER, showing you a direct correlation between your wants and needs and money management. Log on and try it. You can try as many times as you want. Have some fun; try it with a friend.
Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), published by the U.S. Department of Labor:
For hundreds of different types of jobs, such as teacher, lawyer, and nurse, the Occupational Outlook Handbook tells you: the training and education needed; earnings; expected job prospects; what workers do on the job and working conditions. In addition, the Handbook gives you job search tips, links to information about the job market in each State, and more.
Ways to use the Occupational Outlook Handbook site: (1) To find out about a specific occupation or topic, use the Search box that is on every page enter your search term in the box. (2) To find out about many occupations, browse through listings using the Occupations links that are on the right side of each page. (3) For a listing of all occupations in alphabetical order, go to the A-Z Index and select a letter.
This site, provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, provides information about the job market, particular career areas, employment statistics, and employment projections for up to 10 years.