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Career Exploration

So what do you want to do when you grow up??

Here are some great tools you can use to help you on this journey to find your ideal career...

Explore Careers by Taking Assessments

Naviance | Student

Naviance Log In For Students:

https://student.naviance.com/tomballmhs

Username – Student ID

Password – tisd + date of birth (ex. April 6, 2001 = tisd04062001)

 

Go to Careers Tab on top right

Click Explore >> Careers, Clusters, Pathways >> What are my interests?

 

You may choose the Career Cluster Finder or the Career Interest Profiler:

Career Cluster Finder

This is a quick assessment you can take as many times as you want.  It will take you about 5 minutes to complete.  Be sure to choose your favorites by clicking on the heart next to your favorite career(s) and/or cluster(s).

Career Interest Profiler

This is the longest and most thorough assessment in Naviance.  It has about 200 questions, so most students take about 15 minutes to complete it.  Students may take this as many times as they want, but it needs to be reset by Mrs. Phelan.

Other assessments are found under the About Me Tab and then My Assessments.  Most students have completed these in junior high school:

  • Strengths Explorer - This is a great tool to help students discover their general personality strengths.  It can only be completed once, so make sure you are thoughtful when you complete it.
  • Career Key - This is another quick assessment that may be taken as many times as the student wants.

 

Big Future - Answer 10 Questions and Discover Your Future

 
 

Explore Career Resources

Texas CTE Resource Center

https://www.txcte.org/teachers

Texas Career Check – job outlook, wages, etc. specific to Texas

Texas Reality Check – students enter the type of lifestyle they want to see what type of career/education training they will need for that lifestyle

Occupational Outlook Handbook

https://www.bls.gov/ooh/

 

seekUT

https://seekut.utsystem.edu/

seekUT is a free, online tool and website that can assist you and your family in making informed decisions about your college education and financial future.

 

How does it work?

seekUT presents straightforward and understandable data that tells you what real UT graduates are earning – based on campus and major – one, five, and ten years after graduation. It also tells you what Industries are employing UT graduates in Texas along with predicted job openings.

Additionally, seekUT tells you what the median student loan debt is at graduation for those who took out loans, the percentage of students who borrowed, and the estimated monthly loan payment compared to median monthly earnings.

Once you realize your foreseeable earnings compared to your expected loan debt, you can better grasp the value of your higher education journey.

 

What will the data tell me?

  • National and Texas earnings – 1, 5, and 10 years after graduation

  • Student loan debt – median loan debt, monthly loan payment, debt-to-income ratio

  • Industry of employment

  • Job openings by occupation (2012-2022)

  • Other interesting information, such as basic degree requirements, time to degree, and the percentage of students who go further in their education

 

Petrochemical Thriving Gulf Coast Industry

https://petrochemworks.com/

A Growing Business That Needs You Now

Like many people, you may not know petrochemical—and all the ways it makes life better. The Petrochemical industry, Petrochem for short, is the source of everyday products like shoes and perfumes, paint and eyeglasses, bandages and game controllers. They all contain materials that come from the natural gas and crude oil processed by the Petrochemical industry.

You also may not know how much Petrochemical needs people like you right now. It’s expected to grow 30% in the next decade, so companies need to build their workforces. At the same time, many workers are retiring, leaving thousands of jobs open. And with natural gas growing and new plants popping up, there are amazing career opportunities. All you need is a couple years of college to qualify for high-paying jobs in Petrochemical.

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Many people use "job" and "career" interchangeably. While it's true that each involves working and a wage, a career goes well beyond a paycheck. It’s the teacher who lesson plans at 7 a.m. for 25 rowdy second graders. It’s the nurse who spends time with the disabled veteran on her ward 30 minutes after she’s clocked out. It’s the social worker who makes sure the kids in her care have a warm meal and clean clothes at Christmastime. A career is a commitment; a career is hard work; a career is your passion. Are you ready to find yours?

 
Explore career and education options that best fit your wants and needs. 
 
Find out the programs best fit for your success or take an assessment to help you determine what careers your strengths are best suited for.