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Secondary Transition Toolkit: Career Assessments

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Career Assessments can help students identify their interests, identify careers related to their interests, and  search for more information about careers. There is an observation form that can be used with students at a worksite and a planning tool to keep track of the information gathered and to compare different jobs.

We encourage you to use these assessments as well as transition assessments from other sources to gather and organize information on your students in order to prepare them for a seamless transition from school to adult life.

Career Clueless

Source: Champlain Valley Educational Services

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An inventory of student interests to support finding a career path – students circle and total activities of interest in 6 categories to find their 3 letter “career code.”

AGE GROUP: Middle School

Time: 20 minutes

My Next Move (O’Net Interest Profiler)

Author: U.S. Department of Labor

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My Next Move is a web-based interactive tool for new job seekers, students, and other career explorers to learn more about their career options. Users can search careers using key words, browse careers by industry in addition to taking an interest assessment. In order to take the interest assessment, click start in the “tell us what you like to do” box and begin the O’Net Interest Profiler. This assessment must be done online.

AGE GROUP: Middle School and High School

Time: 30 minutes

Career Bridge

Author: Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, Washington State

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The Washington State Career Bridge has three components. Students can take the “Explore Careers” quiz and view job trends online; the third component is specific to Washington state. This assessment must be done online.

AGE GROUP: Middle School and High School

Career One Stop

Author: US Department of Labor

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The Career One Stop allows users to explore careers, identify job trends for those careers, and research careers by state. Students can match their skills to jobs by taking the “Skills Matcher” assessment. The Skills Matcher helps the user create a list of skills and matches them to possible job types. To take the assessment, click on “Skills Assessment,” then scroll down and click on “Skills Matcher.” This assessment must be done online.

AGE GROUP: High School

Job Observation Form

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The Job Observation form is a tool for educators to use to observe a student at a worksite to assess a student’s independence and need for assistance.

AGE GROUP:  High School

TIME:  30 minutes to half a day

Career Goal/Job Matching Tool

Author:   Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education

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The Career Goal/Job Matching Tool allows students to compare their wants, likes, and needs with up to three jobs.

AGE GROUP:  High School

TIME: 30 – 60 minutes

* This pdf is not 100% accessible and is not a required resource.

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