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 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 in the college application process, it can be helpful to all students as a tool in career planning. If you are a freshman or sophomore and want to obtain a Naviance access code to begin exploring careers, please see the guidance department to access an account.

Some of the Naviance career features include:

Career Interest Profiler

This is a tool that can help you discover the types of work activities and careers that match your interests. The interest profiler has 180 questions about work activities that people do at their jobs.

Personality Type Assessment

The Do What You Are Self Discovery Personality Type Assessment will generate a report that will provide you with important information about your personal characteristics. You will learn about careers that are matched to you, your personal strengths and blind spots, how you negotiate your daily life, and a host of other useful information.

The Cluster Finder

The Cluster Finder will help 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 enjoy studying in school.

Please utilize this website as a career planning guide!

Getting Started

There are five components to Naviance online career planning site.

  • Assess Yourself 

  • Learn about your interests and your personality on Naviance.
  • Generate Options 

  • Research careers and career options that relate to your interests and personality on Naviance.
  • Gather Information 

  • Learn about the academic requirements related to the career options identified. Also, obtain career information such as job descriptions, salary, and outlook on Naviance.
  • Make a Decision 

  • Review the information and make decisions about career options and related majors in college.
  • Identify Next Steps

  • Identify the steps you need to take to move forward with your academic and career plans.