How Do I Get There From Here?

There are several steps to make the career planning process easy.

Career Awareness


Ask questions. Find out what the jobs are like of family members, relatives, and people in your church, community organization, or local clubs. Ask your teacher for help in finding basic information about different career areas. Go on field trips (Career Treks) when they are available.

Career Exploration


Use an online system like Career Cruising, Naviance, or What’s Next Illinois to take a personal self-assessment to help you identify what career areas might be good areas for you to further explore. Online systems often have career videos and more detail about the working conditions, education requirements and projected job openings. Participating in a DVR Regional Career Camp can help give you hands-on exposure to different fields. If you like the experience, ask about signing up for electives at school in which you can learn more! Joining related clubs can also add to your in-class enrichment. Service Learning opportunities will allow you to help others while finding out more about a career area.

Career Planning


Narrow down your interest areas based on the results of your online self assessment and begin making an individualized career plan. Many clubs have opportunities for team competitions that help you develop skills needed in related career fields. There are even industry opportunities for science competitions for students who are serious about science related research. Collect more details on the requirements for career areas that interest you and find out more about what education you need to be successful. Education is the means to an end: a career in which you can be successful, that utilizes your talents, interests and skills.

Talk to your school counselor about how to find the post-secondary options that can prepare you for the career you find most appealing. Ask if there are Dual Credit courses available that can help you start earning college credit while still in high school. Inquire about Triton College courses that will apply to the career you want to pursue.

In some cases, it is even possible to start college credentials or even industry credentials while still in high school.

Whatever your career goals are, take charge of shaping your future, starting now!

Course transfers:


For many careers the qualifications you need are a Certificate or AAS Degree. If your career goals require going on for a university degree, U.select/Illinois will help you to identify courses that transfer to the program of your choice. Click on the image below to check out this tool . . .