||Career and Job Exploration
Career exploration is a part of many activities and classes in the middle school and high school. Students are encouraged to explore the types of careers available to them and the types that might suit their personality.
We have included some useful links to career exploration and college exploration. Students are encouraged to use these resources in their personal research and for class research.
Personality and Career Inventories:
College Planning Resources
- Family Firsts
A set of booklets for first-generation college students and their parents. It explains why students should go to college, what they need to do to get there, who can help, how to choose a college, how to succeed in college, and how to pay for college.
- Parent version (PDF; 4 pages, 208KB)
- Spanish version for parents (PDF; 4 pages, 217KB)
- Get Set for College
These booklets and PowerPoint presentation are resources about the college planning process.
- Student version (PDF; 25 pages, 246KB)
- Parent version (PDF; 5 pages, 256KB)
- PowerPoint presentation (7.56MB)
High School Planning Resources
- Get Set for High School
These booklets and PowerPoint presentation are resources about the high school planning process.
- Parent version (PDF; 4 pages, 140KB)
- Student version (PDF; 11 pages, 140KB)
- Ready to Succeed: All Students Prepared for College and Work (PDF; 20 pages, 399KB)
- Every student should leave high school with a ticket to the future. We must encourage students to take rigorous high school courses, monitor their academic progress, make timely interventions, and communicate early and often how well they are progressing toward their goals.
Career Exploration/Preparation: www.workplace-learning.org (See the description below)
College Search: http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/search/index.jsp
College Search: http://collegeprowler.com/
Beauty Colleges in Iowa: http://www.beautyschoolsdirectory.com/search/IA
Medical Assistant Schools in Iowa: http://medicalassisting-edu.com/iowa/
Accounting Careers in Iowa: http://allaccountingcareers.com/states/iowa/
College Success: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/plan/
Make High School Count: http://mappingyourfuture.org/downloads/mhscstudents.pdf
I Have a Plan Iowa Website: http://www.ihaveaplaniowa.gov/
The ihaveaplaniowa.gov (IHAPI) website is used in 7th and 8th grade careers class, and then revisited throughout high school. There is a great amount of information for students on college and career possibilities. All students have usernames and passwords to access this program. Please see Mrs. Nesbitt or Mr. Cretin for any help that is needed with this program.
College Visit Checklist- http://www.icansucceed.org/documents/filelibrary/materials_library/ICANPrepPackCollegeVisits_C95C1A28A2FDF.pdf
Activity Resume Builder- http://www.icansucceed.org/documents/filelibrary/images/materials/Activities_Resume_Form_33BA7D419B1E7.docx
College Search Checklist- http://www.icansucceed.org/documents/filelibrary/materials_library/CollegeChecklist_D1A31E39C942C.pdf
The Workplace Learning Connection
The Workplace Learning Connection works with students to provide opportunities for job shadows and internships. You can access there site here: http://www.kirkwood.edu/site/index.php?p=32896
Juniors and Seniors are able to participate in a one day job shadow in an industry of their choice. Applications for job shadows are distributed during a Workplace Learning Connection presentation in August each year. Click on the link above for more job shadow information.
Internships are available for credit. Juniors and Seniors are able to participate at an internship in a selected industry. It is recommended to wait until your senior year due to more schedule flexibility. Internships are available at a number of places in Benton, Linn and surrounding counties. ***Current part-time jobs held by students DO NOT qualify for internship credit. Click on the link below for more internship information.
Internship news can be found here: http://www.kirkwood.edu/site/index.php?p=32900
See Mrs. Nesbitt for details regarding job shadows and internships.
Iowa Workforce Development
Website with Iowa specific career information. Salary, wages, education and job outlook information is available.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
This is a website managed by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job information of 1000s of careers is available here. information is based upon national data.
Occupational Outlook Handbook for Kids
This is a smaller version of the Occupational Outlook Handbook. It provides information for a limited number of careers organized by school subject.
Search America's CareerNet for information on many careers. Multiple searches available.
Search by industry, location, or job choice. Presents information in an different way from other engines by stating information in a more narrative way.
Career resource for information on many careers. Multiple searches available.
Benton Community Counseling
Benton Community Schools