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Tools for Exploring Careers

Magazine article Techniques

Tools for Exploring Careers

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THE RIGHT CAREER EXPLORATION SOFTWARE PACKAGE, CLASSROOM ACTIVITY OR INFORMATIONAL BROCHURE CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE TO STUDENTS' HIGH SCHOOL, POSTSECONDARY OR CAREER PLANS. HERE'S A SAMPLING OF CAREER EXPLORATION PRODUCTS, BUT KEEP IN MIND TECHNIQUES HAS NOT REVIEWED ALL OF THEM. CONTACT EACH COMPANY FOR MORE INFORMATION.

CollegeEdge Career and College Guidance System, a Web-based program for students, counselors and administrators, is accessible 24 hours a day from any Internet-ready computer (and also available on CD-ROM). CollegeEdge offers career information, student assessment exercises and interest inventories, a tracking option for counselors, a database on accredited postsecondary institutions and a Web Admissions System that lets students apply to colleges electronically. For more information call (800) 419-5023, or visit http://guidance.collegeedge.com.

Magellan, developed by Valpar International Corporation, is a software product designed to help students assess their own strengths and interests, then use that assessment to explore career choices. The software also provides specific career information and the requirements of each job. For more information, call (310) 787-1940.

LifeCenter, developed by Information Access Company, is a Web-based service that features information about career opportunities, as well as investment strategies and consumer tips. Other features include customized plans for further education or personal investment. LifeCenter is available by subscription through school or community libraries. For more information, call (800) 227-8431, or visit http://library.iacnet.com/lifecenter for an online demonstration.

Ability Explorer Online, developed by Riverside Publishing, is an online program that measures 14 work-related abilities through a Web-based self-assessment. This program ranks students' abilities and suggests careers and related coursework. For more information, call (800) 767-8420, or visit www.abilityexplorer.com.

SIGI PLUS, developed by Educational Testing Service, is self-directed career planning software that helps individuals decide on a college major, link their major to career opportunities, discover the skills employer want and develop a targeted resume. It also includes hotlinks to more than 500 career and education Web sites and gives users the ability to add their own site. Technical support and toll-free customer service is included in the purchase of the software. Call (800) 257-7444 for a free demo disk, or visit www.ets.org/sigi. …

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