York Community High School

Career Planning

Trying to find your future direction?

Parents and students are often, and understandably, concerned about the student's future path. The York Counseling Department, via the CCRC, endeavors to help students (and their parents) in finding direction. We have a number of helpful resources, two of which are explained in detail below. To the right, you will find links to both Career Cruising and Naviance. Each have access codes and/or passwords. Please contact the CCRC or your child's counselor to obtain these passwords.

How Personality Type May Affect Career Choice

Freshmen participated in a large group activity to discover their four letter personality type, based on the theories of Carl Jung. Below are two documents that review what was described and a brief description of all 16 personality types. The most important aspect of determining personality type is to consider which characteristics BEST describe how a person MOST FREQUENTLY acts or feels. There are no "good" or "bad" personality types. When considering how personality type can impact career choices, remember that the list of career options is not exhaustive and other options not listed can still work!

 

Information in English HERE

 

Information in Spanish HERE

Features of Career Cruising

Once students log into Career Cruising, they are able to create a portfolio. This allows students to save their work for future use. Even without creating a portfolio, student are able to utlize a wide range of resources:

  • Explore Careers: Students can search for career information by keyword search, school subject, career cluster, or by taking a short survey, "Career Selector" which will create a list of career possibilities based on each student's preferences. Once a student selects a specific career, a large amount of information is available about that career. The topics covered include job decription, working conditions, earnings, education & training, links to related colleges & universities, sample career path, list of related occupations, links to other sources for information, photofiles, and mulitmedia interivews with two people in that profession.
  • Explore Education & Training: This section of Career Cruising provides comprehensive college, university, and vocational school information to help plan for future education and training. Students can search for schools by name or state, search for colleges (including vocational programs) by name or by using a cluster search tool, use the "School Selector" to create a personalized list of schools based on the student's preferences, view details about colleges, universities, vociational schools, financial aid programs, and search for financial aid using the "Financial Aid Selector".
  • Explore Assessments: There are several inventories that can provide insight for students regarding which careers are a good "match" based on their interest, sills, and/or learning style. It is recommended that after students take these inventories, they talk with their counselor to ensure that they understand what the results are suggesting. It is vital that students understand the results and how they might impact their career planning process.
  • Employment: Students have access to resources designed to help them prepare for the job search as well as the interview process. When students are logged into their portfolio, they can access a "Resume Builder" that may provide very beneficial when appying to colleges and or applying to be accepted into the National Honor Society or other selective programs at York.

Features of Naviance

Naviance is a comprehensive program for college & career research as well as college application processing. Please note the features listed below:

  • College Search Tools: Naviance provides several college search tools, "College Search", "SuperMatch College Search", "College Match", and "College Compare" are all tools to help students generate ideas about colleges that match the academic and personal characteristics that they seek for their post-high school education. The "College Search" tool is a good way to start the college search process whereas "SuperMatch" allows students to fine-tune their lists with input about the importance of various college characteristics. Just try it, you'll see! The "College Match" tool connects colleges to you based on the characteristics the colleges indicate they want. Naviance makes the connection. This tool will also show students other colleges to consider based on the colleges they are considering. "College Compare" allows students to put several schools side by side in Naviance to compare various characteristics.
  • As students begin to create a list of colleges they are considering, students can add the colleges to the "Colleges I'm thinking about" tool. This will help students keep a nicely compiled list of colleges they have researched and will connect this information to the "College Match" tool.
  • Once seniors have developed the list of colleges they know they will appy to, they can add those schools to the "Colleges I'm applying to" list. This is a great way for each student's counselor to have keep up with what their seniors are planning to do.
  • Scholarships & Money is a section in the "Colleges' tab that helps students search for scholarship information.
  • The tools found under the "Careers" tab provide a variety of ways to find careers that match students interests and personality. These tools also allow students to research a range of careers based on career clusters.

Career Research

York pays a site liscence fee to utlize two key resources:

Career Cruising: www.careercruising.com

Naviance: http://connection.naviance.com/ychsil

Both of these programs have valuable resources for York families. To obtain your access codes and/or passwords, please see your counselor or come by the CCRC. We are happy to help and answer any questions you may have.

Transition Planning For York Students

The following Activities and Surveys are designed to assist York students in exploring and considering their future plans based on their interests, strengths, and personal reflection. Each activity and follow up survey is linked, below:

 

Freshmen:

1. Semester One Activity (click here)

2. Semester One Survey (click here)

 

Sophomores:

1. Semester One Activity (click here)

2. Semester One Survey (click here)

 

Juniors:

1. Semester One Survey (click here)

2. Semester One Activity (click here)

 

Seniors:

1. Semester One Activity (click here)

2. Semester One Survey (click here)

 

 

Freshmen:

1. Semester Two Activity (click here)

2. Semester Two Survey (click here)

 

Sophomores:

1. Semester Two Activity(click here)

2. Semester Two Survey (click here)

 

Juniors:

1. Semester Two Activity (click here)

2. Semester Two Survey Email your Case Manager to ask Mrs. Thompson for the results of your Game Plan Survey and Copy your Resume information into a Google Doc that you share with your Case Manager.

 

Seniors:

Semester Two Survey 

1. Log in to your Naviance account

2. Click on the "about me" tab and then,

3. Click on the Final Senior Survey, listed on the left. Complete this survey.

4. Make sure you've indicated where you want your final transcript sent in Naviance as well.

 

Links to Outside Career Assessments

Values Assessment: This assessment is offered free of charge through the State of Virginia. Keep this in mind when it lists colleges for a specific field of study. However, the assessment is a great way to consider ones Work Values - what is most important in a future career: 

https://www.vawizard.org/wizard/value-assess

 

Questionnaire for Values Assessment for Transition Planning Students: 

https://goo.gl/forms/UHzMdC05VGHZNlcp1

 

Personality Assessment: This assessment is also offered free of charge through CareerTest.net. This assessment has a "bare bones" look but provides accurate and valuable feedback, tied to Jung Personality Type Theory: 

http://www.careertest.net/

 

Questionnaire for Personality Assessment for Transition Planning Students:

 https://goo.gl/forms/wpRhjSWSA7pKVn143

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