Career Planning

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Career Assessment


Some people know "what they want to be when they grow up" when they are in elementary school.  Others take a little longer to decide what kind of work they see themselves doing in the future.  The best career is one that you are enthusiastic about every day.  Want to know what careers fit your lifestyle, personality, and abilities?

Carroll Community College has an extensive list of career and employment resources.  The link can be found HERE.

Career Assessment Tools:
Online self-assessment of interests, abilities and values is available at Focus 2.  
* Go to www.carrollcc.edu/focus2
* Click Focus 2
* Click New User
* Access Code: CareerStart
* Create an Account
* Begin your Career Focus
Recommended Assessments: Work Interest Assessment, Skills Assessment, Values Assessment, Academic Strengths, Personal Development

The College Board website has excellent resources when thinking about careers and majors.

Are you undecided about your future?  Here are a few more links to help get you started.
Career Planner Quiz
Creative Color Career Counselor (say that five times fast!)
www.MyNextMove.org

Military

Maybe the military is in your future.  Many students decide to choose this option after high school.  If you have an interest in the military then you may want to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test.  This test will measure your strengths, weaknesses, and potential for future success.  Westminster High School offers the ASVAB twice in each school year.  See your School Counselor for more information.

ASVAB Information/ Practice Test


Resume Building

Writing a solid resume is one way to increase your chances of employment.  A resume should clearly and effectively state your past achievements, expertise, and qualifications for the intended job.

Here is an example of an effective resume.

More tips and resume building resources.

Career Portfolio
Portfolios 101- Information about your career portfolio


Interview Process

Going into an interview process can be a daunting task for some, especially if the competition for the job is very high.  How can you decrease anxiety?  What will put you a step ahead of the competition?  How can you make a superb first impression that your potential employer cannot forget?

Helpful Tips for the interview process
Be Prepared- Learn about the company that you are interviewing with and know that they will be asking you questions.  Try to anticipate the questions they may ask.  Here are some sample interview questions
Appropriate Dress- It is highly recommended that you avoid such clothing as t-shirts, jeans, short skirts, sandals, torn clothing, and clothing with slogans written on it.  Females should wear nice pants or moderate skirts with a conservative sweater or top.  Males should wear nice pants with a collared shirt or shirt and tie.
Timeliness- There is no better way to make a bad first impression than by being late.  It tells the employer that you do not take the job seriously or that you lack focus.  Allow for extra time to get to the interview.  Prepare for possibilities of traffic, parking trouble, or getting lost.  Try to arrive twenty minutes early so you can fill out any forms and relax before your interview.
Ask Questions- Show you're interested by asking questions.  Some sample questions are:
"What would I do in a typical shift and what are the responsibilities of the position?"
"Who would I report to?"
"If I am offered a job, how soon might I start?"
"Are there particular qualities or characteristics you're looking for in the person you hire?"
Bring your resume and portfolio- See above for a sample resume.
Send a Thank-You Note- A simple "Thank you" note lets your potential employer know that you enjoyed meeting with them and appreciate their time and consideration.  Here are some tips and sample thank you notes.


More Helpful Links
Interview Tips for Teens
Teen Job Sites
www.petersons.com 
www.collegeboard.org
www.resume-resource.com
www.careerpath.com
www.military.com