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The Toolbox:  From Here to There –  Planning Your Career

Self-Discovery Tools – Who Are You? 
This web site is sponsored by the U. S. Department of Defense and some features are free for participating schools. Click here for the Career Exploration Resources web page.
Career Key ®  – Holland's Theory of Career Choice and You
Based on the John Holland Theory of Career Choice, this website helps you consider academic majors, occupations, training programs, career cluster or pathways to consider based on six personality types: by interest area: artistic, conventional, enterprising, investigative, realistic, and social.  Take the free test and start exploring your future.

Career exploration pages. See EdGate Career and Technical Education Center's page of career interest assessments, and interests and personality games. See this Career Webquest page to explore careers online.

Institute for Community Inclusion

This article, “More Than Just a Job: Person-Centered Career Planning” describes the inclusive approach to career development for people with disabilities who wish to develop and realize their career aspirations.  Provides helpful information and resources.  

Take the free Keirsey Temperament Sorter (KTS-II) personality assessment:  Answer all of the questions and find out how your temperament could help determine the ideal job and career choices for you.  Visit the other Keirsey pages for finding and excelling in a career that fits you.

What Do You Like?
A website dedicated to teenagers with questions about career choices, career videos and student resources, presented by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Career Planning Tools

See also the Programs and Opportunities Classroom Materials web page under " All Career Clusters "   

Visit the U.S. Department of Labor's website to find the most recommended 'Career Planning Tools' such as resume writing tools, career readiness sites, and career guides for career planning and entering the workforce.  The recommendations are the result of a 2009-2010 nationwide survey of the US DOL's "Tools for America's Job Seekers Challenge".

College Career Life Planning
Hundreds of free career tools for students, parents, teachers, counselors, and adult career changers.

Connecticut's Allied Health Workforce: Challenges and Opportunities (24-page report, January 2015)
This 24-page report discusses data and trends, challenges, and recommendations.


Connecticut Department of Higher Education – Searchable Databases  
In the first box labeled “Program or Field of Study” type a word or two related to your intended field of study to obtain a list of places in Connecticut where a program may be offered.  Remember to try again with an alternative term or a synonym if you do not see what you are looking for.

Connecticut Department of Labor – Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s Workforce
Self-assessment, career exploration, green jobs, etc.

Education & Training Connection
Search academic and training by name of programs or courses, name of provider, or geographic location with Connecticut. You can use the quick search feature to review the entire list of all programs or look for individual items, or you can use the advanced search feature to define your own criteria. Sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Labor.

Generation Young Leaders (GYL)
Read the summary and view the video on Interview #16: Dr. Kevin Brennan - “Psychologist to Young Professionals.” An interview about taking the road-less-traveled for career development and valuable insights on sorting priorities, building your passions for satisfaction in life, a definition of “confidence” and practical advice for every future young leader.

GigZig by  
This is a helpful website to find average salaries. Type a job into the "Enter a job title" box and see average pay ranges for today, 5 years ago, and 5 years from now. 

"How to Succeed at a Job Fair
Five good tips to improve your job fair experience.

Mapping Your Future
How do you make a decision about your career future?  Use these free tools to assess your skills and interests, develop a career plan, research careers (CareerShip®), and review other career guidance resources. Play the “Show me the future” game

My Future
Produced by the Department of Defense with data from the departments of Commerce, Education and Labor, this site provides information on paths to college, careers and the military.

My Next Move O-NET Interest Profiler {NEW!}

Discover your interests with this O-NET Interest Profilera free interest survey to help you match up to possible career paths. These web pages were developed by the National Center for O*NET Development and is sponsored by the Employment & Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor. Click here to see all featured careers.

" Questions to Ask Recruiters
Here are a good set of questions put together by the Portland Community College -- find the ones that work for you and practice them until you can ask them in a natural voice.

School-to-Work Transition 
Connecticut Department of Social Services Bureau of Rehabilitative Services provides several resources for Connecticut teens and young adults to prepare for postsecondary education and career planning.

Tips for Job Seekers – Job Hunting Tips for Students
Some things to do every day to be always prepared for your next job. Courtesy of the Connecticut Department of Labor Project Management Office.

Wet Feet Magazine
A journal especially designed for college students providing valuable career advice to explore career options and how to be a savvy job hunter.  Use the bar of icons to select “Full Screen” or “Layout” to view the free career exploration magazine articles online. 

College Planning Tools

Charter Oak State College
An alternate way to get your undergraduate college degree—take courses from accredited colleges and universities with your favorite professors from around the world, use military course credit and completed trainings from certain professional designations, and/or use the lifetime experience portfolio—to help you move to the next phase of your life and career, whether that be graduate school, work advancement, career changes, or just to feel good about your hard-earned educational accomplishments.

A free, online “college fair” featuring with over 260 colleges and universities worldwide for a convenient and cost-effective internet way for students, parents, counselors and colleges to interact.  In partnership with the CollegeBoard and Federal Student Aid (an office of the U.S. Department of Education), CollegeWeekLive delivers comprehensive information to parents and students about the college application process, scholarships, and financial aid tools.

Education & Training Connection
Prepare yourself with in-demand work skills and enhance your employability with Connecticut-based training. This Education & Training Connection lists many of the vocational-technical schools, trade schools, and colleges and universities in Connecticut. Several search options in the left navigational bar.


Various pages for planning for college at any age. Take the virtual campus tour to learn more. Are you ready for college? Take the quiz.

A comprehensive source of information to search for college majors and majors rising in popularity, undergraduate and graduate institutions, paying for your education, admissions information, taking nationalized testing, and more.


Unigo College Search
A unique and totally free college search site! Get help using feedback from students already at the different campuses, or add your own feedback to help others. Take an interest survey and get recommendations for jobs and possible career paths.

·     Click here for career search.

·     Click here to search and be matched for colleges and universities.

·     Click here if you are already in postsecondary education.

·     Click here to read about how actor Tom Hanks values his community college education.


Financial Aid Planning Tools

College Board  Financial Aid 101

Helpful page for parents to understand the options to lower the costs of continuing education and the many ways to pay for college and university.

Connecticut Department of Higher Education – Paying for College

Check out this 4-page guide to state and federal financial aid programs.

Connecticut Office of State Treasurer

Check out this website for the "Financial Football" game, the various ways to save for college education through the Connecticut Higher Education Trust (CHET), and other helpful information for wise financial management and savings advice.

CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE®
College Board’s financial aid online application for financial aid.


Federal Work Study

U.S. Department of Education FederalStudentAid explains the kinds of jobs students can get to help pay for their federal student loans.


A student guide to financial aid.

Perkins Loan Program
The Federal Perkins Loan Program provides low-interest loans to help needy students finance the costs of postsecondary education.

Finding various ways to pay for college.

Student Aid on the Web
A U.S. Department of Education site with information on applying for aid and new publications; "My FSA" for Financial Aid and Scholarship Wizard, Career Finder, College Savings Calculator, and the College Matching Wizard; and even repaying a student loan.


Unigo – Pay for College
This web site was originally created by university students and includes a database of scholarships and a scholarship match feature. Click here to search for scholarships


U.S. Department of Education – Student Loans, Forgiveness   {NEW!}

This web site explains how to apply for student loans and then how to repay them, consolidate loans, and request permission to defer payments, and how to cancel loans.  Click here to learn about how to repay a student loanIf you have not paid on your student loan in a while, click here to read about loan default and how to repair your credit.


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