Resources

The following resources have been vetted by the Career and Education Development specialist and are divided into two categories: career exploration for students and educators, and tools for educators and counselors.

Career Exploration for Students & Educators

  • America’s Career Resource Network (ACRN). ACRN is focused on helping students make the best possible decisions about education, training and career development. The network helps learners identify their skills and interests and plan an education and training pathway that makes the most of their natural abilities and leads directly to fulfilling work. 
  • ASVAB Career Exploration Program. The ASVAB Career Exploration Program is a comprehensive career exploration and planning program that includes a multiple aptitude test battery, an interest inventory and various career-planning tools designed to help students explore the world of work.
  • Career-Ready Practices. These 12 practices, provided by the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium, describe the career-ready skills that educators should seek to develop in their students.
  • CareerCast. Find targeted job opportunities by industry, function and location. The site's job database offers opportunities from all U.S. and Canadian newspaper, magazine, niche and TV station websites.
  • CareerNoodle. Provides a suite of engaging, authoritative and easy-to-use career exploration and planning tools for middle, high school and college students.
  • CareerZone. Youth in grades 6-12 often use CareerZone from the NY Department of Labor to start their career exploration journey by beginning with the interest, work values and skill assessment tools to explore potential careers.
  • Career and Education Links. A web compilation of numerous career and education development resources reviewed and submitted by a statewide work group of educators from various levels, to assist their colleagues in this field around Maine.
  • Career Exploration Guides and Resources for Younger Students. Career guides and activities for elementary, middle and high school students.
  • Career Notes. Provides tools and exercises for both teachers and students and creates a personal profile by assessing interests, skills and personality.
  • Career Onestop. Information and tools to help job seekers, students, businesses and career professionals.
  • Career Planning Today. Examples of practical career exploration and research tools. These resources focus on the usefulness of informational interviewing, career exploration and research reports, favorite career resources lists and career action plans.
  • College Career Life Planning. College Career Life Planning provides students, parents and teachers with free, quick, easy access to the best education and career planning tools.
  • Education Planner. Offers practical and easy-to-understand advice to help prepare students for the important decisions they will face in the future. Middle school students will discover their interests and the things that motivate them by participating in several fun, interactive activities that get them thinking about careers. High school students will discover and learn all about careers and colleges?including ways to pay?using simple search tools, clever interactive exercises and straightforward instructions.
  • Goodwill Community Foundation Learn Free. Creates and provides quality, innovative online learning opportunities to anyone who wants to improve the technology, literacy and math skills needed to be successful in both work and life.
  • Internet Career Connection. This website was created for high school and college students who are attempting to determine their first career direction after graduation. Define your personality style (interests, skills, values and behavioral traits), identify possible career options that match your interests, learn about the true nature of each career option (duties, salary, etc.), select a career goal that best matches your overall personality style and develop a career plan to reach your goal.
  • ISEEK. Explore careers, planning your education and finding a job on this Minnesota website.
  • JobTitled. JobTitled is focused on helping everyone make better career decisions through the use of analytics. Learn more about your career path and what else is out there.
  • Maine Department of Labor. Search for employers and jobs in Maine.
  • Mapping Your Future. A national nonprofit organization providing career, college, financial aid and financial literacy information and services for students, families and schools.
  • My Future. Helps young adults plan their next steps in life by bringing together the most recently available information about colleges, careers and military service opportunities from the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Defense, Education and Labor.
  • My Path Careers. Learn more about hundreds of career opportunities.
  • O*Net Online. Houses detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers and more.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook. The Occupational Outlook Handbook is produced by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics and is considered the nation's premier source for career information. The profiles featured here cover hundreds of occupations and describe what they do, work environment, pay and more.
  • Perfect Career Interest Inventory. A professionally developed online career interest inventory designed to help high school and college students and adults assess their interests in 252 work activities and identify matching occupations.
  • Quintessential Careers. Career, job and college site offering free expert career and job-hunting advice through articles, tool, tips and tutorials.
  • Vocational Information Center. An education directory that provides links to online resources for career exploration, technical education, workforce development, technical schools and related vocational learning resources.
  • Websites for Middle & High School Students from the Career Center. Links to numerous sites for information about college and careers.

 

Tools for Educators & Counselors

  • 21st Century Life and Careers Standards Learning Progressions. Core curriculum standards on life and career education in the 21st century from the New Jersey State Department of Education.
  • American School Counselors Association Standards for Students (ASCA) (PDF). The ASCA National Standards identify and prioritize the specific attitudes, knowledge and skills that students should be able to demonstrate as a result of participating in a school counseling program. Competencies in the Academic, Career Development, Personal and Social Development domains are identified. Primarily for school counselors, these standards may help inform the work of anyone who works in Career and Education Development.
  • Career-Ready Practices. These 12 practices, provided by the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium, describe the career-ready skills that educators should seek to develop in their students.
  • Career Portfolio (PDF). Guide for students designed to be used by teachers with the following Career Preparation Curriculum Guide.
    • Career Preparation Curriculum Teacher’s Guide (PDF). The Career Preparation Curriculum Teacher’s Guide presents busy educators with a quick, meaningful way to implement the Career Portfolio. The guide aims to provide clear objectives, age-appropriate lesson plans and measurable outcomes.
  • Common Career Technical Core (CCTC) (PDF). The CCTC includes a set of standards for the Career Clusters? and their corresponding Career Pathways that define what students should know and be able to do after completing instruction in a program of study. The CCTC also includes an overarching set of Career Ready Practices that apply to all programs of study. The Career Ready Practices include 12 statements that address the knowledge, skills and dispositions that are important to becoming career ready.
  • Maine Career Development Association. Official website for those who provide career information and career development assistance in Maine. It contains many resources for career and education development programs and professional development.
  • National Career Development Guidelines Framework. Guidelines primarily for counselors and teachers of career and education development.
  • The Partnership for 21st Century Skills. This initiative presents a holistic view of 21st-century teaching and learning that combines a discrete focus on 21st-century student outcomes (a blending of specific skills, content knowledge, expertise and literacies) with innovative support systems to help students master the multi-dimensional abilities required of them in today's world.
  • Pathways to Prosperity Report (PDF). This Harvard University report defines the economic and societal trends in America that require the current educational structure to adopt practices that integrate rigorous academic and technical instruction to develop college and career readiness in all students.