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In the Career Planner application, you are provided ways to discover what your career will look like, how to get the training you will need to enter the career, and help to find the schools or colleges to prepare you for your career.
- On the left side menu, click to expand the area below for more.
- The menu is linear, so you can start from the top and work your way down or jump around as needed.
Learn About Myself
Examine and explore your interests, preferences and skills to see how they align with potential careers.
There are no right or wrong answers – just think about the things you would like to do (even if you don’t have the skills to do them right now) – and have fun!
- Click on Attempt to begin one of the three self assessments.
When completed, results are provided and alongside are suggested careers that match.
Surveys guide you through activities designed by your school district to help you complete your High School and Beyond Plan.
- Click the survey link, or the browser pop-out icon, to begin answering the provided questions.
Review My Traits
With two or more of the self assessments completed, the Review My Traits page will populate a list of careers that match. The careers that match the most self assessments will be at the top.
- Click the heart on any career(s) you may want to investigate or are interested in.
What will you do in your career every day? How much does it pay? What is the training required? Will there be jobs in the future? Who hires people in these jobs? These are all important factors to consider when you are making decisions about your future.
Use the search boxes to find careers by name, self assessments results, or programs and schools favorited.
These are areas categorized by type of career. Click into Career Cluster or favorite one to see the various careers that are similar in an area you might be interested in.
Occupational Personality Types
These are areas categorized by personality type, which are found in the Self Assessments. Click into an Occupational Personality Type to see the various careers that are categorized here.
Investigating a Career
From any of the areas, where you see the name of a career click on it to learn more. This provides an overview of the career along with its median salary in WA.
- Click the + to see a full description about the career.
To investigate the career further, click the Dig Deeper button
On the top the Duties, Requirements, Training, Wages, Employment outlook, Things to Know, or Resources tabs provide more ways to investigate a career.
On the right, you will find Related Careers and Related Programs.
Use Reality Check to build a budget for your future lifestyle. State your preferences for where you want to live, the things you want to have and do, and the level of education you will achieve. Then see the careers that will support your life choices.
From the Introduction click Location to begin.
As you make selections, in Location and the other categories, you will be provided a button to go to the next part of Reality Check.
When each category of Reality Check has been filled in, the Results page will provide a list of Careers to favorite or click to investigate.
- Drop down boxes can be changed to look at other career availability.
- Click Edit to change monthly expenses to update annual salary.
- Unsure of a Career Cluster, select No Preference to show careers for all other selections
Discover programs that will train you for your chosen career. Use your research to evaluate your options, make decisions, and create successful plans.
Use the search boxes to find educational programs by name, self assessments results, or careers and schools favorited.
There are many things to think about when selecting a college. Here you will learn everything you need to know about colleges so you can choose the one that fits your criteria and provides the best training for your career.
Use the search boxes to find school by name or state. Click the Advanced search to search by a specific Location, a specific School Size, Housing, Sports and more.
Assemble My Portfolio
Your portfolio stores your assessment results, favorited careers, programs, schools, and your goals and experiences. You can always check in with your portfolio to remember the things you are exploring as you build your plan.
Build your resume to easily access and add more as you gather more skills.
- In the resume sections, click the +Add to begin adding to your resume.
- Print your resume with a pre-set template or upload your own resume.
Fill in fields to create Letters or Essays to easily access later. This is a great location to create various cover letters, then generate for printing.
- In the selected area, click the +Add to begin
Start thinking and creating your Education/Academic, Career, Community, or Personal goals. These can be entered each school year and reflected back on to see how you have grown.
- In the selected area, click the +Add to begin
Your district might provide links here for you to access references information, help for a specific Grad Year, or assignments to complete.
- Follow the instructions provided in the comments and click the link to access the document/webpage.
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