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Career Search and Planning

Career Planning Overview

Career planning is an ongoing process that allows you to rethink and reevaluate yourself and your career options as you have experiences and as you grow and develop.

At the high school level, perhaps the best way of starting is to begin the process of self-exploration. Self-exploration allows you to think about your:

  • Skills and abilities
  • Interests
  • Personal priorities
  • Training and education
  • Life experiences

Why Career Planning in High School?

During the high school years, you should get to know yourself. Now is the time to learn about who you are and what you are good at. How can you do that? Below are some activities that will help:

  • Take lots of classes to learn subjects, strengths and interests.
  • Learn to develop new skills through classes, clubs, activities, etc.
  • Begin to explore career options. Talk to advisors, counselors, teachers, parents and friends. Do some research into careers that interest you.
  • Consider participating in an internship at Stowe High School to try different job opportunities.
  • Find part-time jobs or voluntary experiences which allow you to try different career areas.

Naviance: A Career Planning Tool

While Naviance assists juniors and seniors with post-secondary planning, the tool is also helpful for career planning. Some of the Naviance features include: 
  • Do What You Are - provides you with important information about your personal characteristics and matches careers to those interests.
  • Career Interest Profiler - helps you discover the types of work activities and careers that match your interests using 180 question profiler.
  • Career Cluster Finder - helps you learn what career clusters may be a good match for you based on activities that interest you, personal qualities that you have and subjects that you enjoying studying in school.
Career One Stop - a U.S. Department of Labor resource for career exploration, training and jobs.
Career Planner - an interactive website that helps explore possible careers relating to your social style and interests.
My Future - a website for young adults focused on the career search process.
My Next Move - search for careers with key words or by industry and/or find careers that match your interest or training.
U.S. Department of Labor - Occupational Outlook Handbook - the OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay and outlook for hundreds of occupations.
Truity Holland Code Career Test - John Holland's career inventory measures interest level in six occupational areas to help you understand which jobs will suit your interests, talents and aptitude.
16 Personalities - you can get a concrete, accurate description of who you are and why you do the things the way you do.