Monday, September 9, 2013

Career Cruisin'!

Hey Advisory Students!!

For the next couple of weeks, you will be building a Career Cruising Portfolio that you can return to for all of high school. Below are your first three tasks.

My Plan Activity 1: Creating Your Account


Think of your Plan as your own online filing cabinet. In it, you can keep all the information you need to plan and fulfill your education and career goals.


You can:

  • Save your assessment results

  • Keep notes on the careers and schools that interest you

  • Save information about scholarships and financial aid you qualify for

  • Develop an education plan based on your career interests

  • Track your career preparation and planning activities

  • Record your career and life goals

  • List your extracurricular activities, skills and abilities, and awards

  • Document your work and volunteer experiences

  • Store related documents, such as scanned artwork, letters of reference, essays, and presentations

  • Share your Plan with college admissions staff, organizations offering scholarships, and potential employers

  • Create a personalized, professional-looking resume


On the Main page, open the My Plan Login menu at the top left of the screen.

Note: If your school has pre-assigned My Plan usernames and passwords, enter your username and password and click the Login button. Please skip ahead to Step 2.

Step 1. Click on Create My Plan to create a new My Plan.

Step 2. Enter your information and then select your own My Plan username and password so that only you can access your Plan. Write down your My Plan username and password in a safe place in case you forget them. It is also a good idea to fill in your email address so that you will be able to retrieve your My Plan username and password if you ever forget them.

Step 3. Click on Create My Plan.

My Plan Activity 2: Career Matchmaker

Your Career Matchmaker results are automatically saved to your Plan, and can be accessed at any time from the My Plan homepage. You can also select a Best Match result set.


Step 1. Click on the Assessments link in the top menu bar. If you are not already logged into your My Plan, click on the Login link under Career Matchmaker. Enter your My Plan username and password and click Login.

Step 2. Choose Start Matchmaker. Read the instructions on the Introduction page, then enter a name for your session. Click Start Now to begin answering questions.

Step 3. Answer the first 39 questions. (Do your best! The more thought you put into these answers, the better your results will be. If you need more information about a question, read the More Info section beside the question.)

Step 4. You will see that Matchmaker has suggested careers that match your answers to the interest questions. We strongly recommend that you go through the second round of questions to further narrow down your results. Click on the Answer More Questions link in the Improve My Results section on the left side of the page.

Answer as many questions as possible, then click the View My Career Suggestions button. Career Matchmaker will update your list of career suggestions.


On the Matchmaker results page you can:

Learn why a career was suggested for you:
Click on the name of a career on the list to see how your interests compare to the activities involved in this career.

Learn more about the careers on your suggestion list:
Click on the name of a career on the list and use the blue links on the left side of the occupation profile page to learn about the work tasks, working conditions, typical earnings, required education or training, and other information related to the career.

View recommended clusters:
Select a suggested career cluster under the Career Cluster Recommendations heading to see which careers from your suggestion list are included in that cluster.

Worksheet 1: School Subjects and Careers
***Do this in your notebook!!         

Log in to Career Cruising and click on Careers, and then click on the School Subjects tab. Select your favorite subject.

Optional: You can filter the list of occupations by the level of education that you are planning to pursue: high school, 2-year college or technical training, or 4-year college/university. The level you select will influence the list of careers. For example, if you select only high school education, you will eliminate careers like lawyer, biologist, fashion designer, and engineering technologist, which typically require a 2 or 4-year college education.

Scroll through the list of occupations related to that subject and click on a career that interests you.

Career:  ________________________________________________________________________________

1. Read the Job Description section. Answer the following questions:

What duties do people in this career typically perform?
What skills do they require?

2. Click on the Education link in the menu on the left side of the occupation profile.

What education and training do you need to pursue this career?
What other qualifications are good to have?
What college programs are related to this career?

Worksheet 1: School Subjects and Careers, Cont'd     

Click on one of the two interviews.

Person’s name: ________________________________________________________________________

3. Read the person’s interview and answer the following questions:

How did this person get into this career? (see Questions & Answers #2)
What does this person say about opportunities to get into this career? (see the last few questions in Questions & Answers)
What advice does this person have for people who want to get into this career?


4. Now that you have learned a little about this career and the education and training you need to get started, answer the following questions:

Do you think this is a tough career to get into? What is the most difficult part?
Would you be willing to complete the education and training necessary to work in this career? Why or why not?

My Plan Activity 2: Career Matchmaker

Improve results:
If you haven’t already, click on the Answer More Questions button to answer additional Career Matchmaker questions. You can also click on the Review My Answers button to view a list of your responses to all the questions you have been asked so far, make changes to your responses, and update your suggested careers list based on the new responses.

Select the level of education you plan to complete:
Check the appropriate boxes in the Level Of Education section if you would like to limit your suggestions to occupations requiring a certain type of education. For example, if you have a high school education and are interested in 2-year college or vocational training rather than 4-year colleges, select High School and 2-Year College, then click Update My Results.

See how careers that did not appear on your list compare to your interests:
Click on the Find Other Careers button under the Other Careers heading and search for a career that did not appear on your suggestion list. Click on the career name to find out how your interests compare to activities involved in that career.

Complete the My Skills assessment:
Click on the Start My Skills button and rate your skill level in 45 skill areas. You will then see a skills score beside the name of each suggested occupation. (Please note that your skill results do not affect the order of the careers that appear on your list.)

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