don't wait until college to try career counseling

Posted : October 7, 2009
Last Updated : April 1, 2013

don't wait until college to try career counseling

Are you skipping the counseling office's career planning programs? Apparently a number of students across the country aren't taking advantage of all that their high school counseling offices provide.

A National Center for Education Statistics survey of public high school counselors found that half or fewer juniors and seniors took part in available career planning opportunities at their schools, depending on the program offered. The largest participation was in career tests with 93 percent of public high schools offering a test but only 56 percent of juniors and seniors participating. Career days and career speakers were the next most popular activities, followed by internships, job site visits and job shadowing.

You might think it's OK to put off career planning until later in your college years, but you'll benefit from any career exploration you can do in high school. You won't have as much time later on as you might think, and you can start learning about careers now through classes and experiences.

Utilize the Kuder Career Planning System and ACT's World-of-Work Map to find out which careers will align with your skills and interests.You can also use ACT's DISCOVER computer program for career suggestions. Your counselor can help you find the programs and show you how to use the results to explore careers.

Source: ACT's News You Can Use


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