Navigating the high school years can feel like steering a ship through uncharted waters. As parents, you want to ensure your teens make choices that will set them up for future success. A career assessment is a powerful tool to help your high schooler. These assessments are more than just quizzes; they can provide invaluable insights and direction for students at every grade level. 

Benefits of Career Assessments for High Schoolers:

  • Identify Interests and Strengths: Helps your teen choose the right courses and extracurricular activities.
  • Guide Course Selection: Aligns course choices with potential career paths, including Dual Enrollment for careers requiring more than four years of college.
  • Post-Secondary Planning: Identify the type of post-secondary education that matches their career goals.
  • Essay Content: Provides valuable content for college and scholarship essays, showcasing clear career goals.
  • Internships and Job Shadowing: Helps find opportunities in their areas of interest.
  • Increased Engagement: Students who see a potential career path that excites them stay more motivated throughout high school.

The most significant benefit is ….

When students see a potential career path that excites them, they are more likely to stay engaged and motivated throughout high school.

Choosing the Right Assessment:

Consider these factors when selecting a career assessment for your teen:

  • Answer Influence: Ensure the questions are not easily swayed in a specific direction.
  • Validity Score: Check if the assessment provides a validity score to measure the trustworthiness of the data.
  • Career Specificity: Look for assessments that offer specific career titles rather than general categories.
  • Career Database: Ensure a comprehensive career database is used to match against.
  • Researched Careers: Confirm that the careers have been benchmarked by traits needed for success in those roles.

Why We Use the Harrison Work Preferences Questionnaire:

At My Ideal College, we trust the Harrison Work Preferences Questionnaire for several reasons:

  • Behavioral-Based Assessment: Matches interests, strengths, and behaviors, recognizing that personality tends not to change.

  • Extensive Career Database: Over 1,000 careers benchmarked by people in those specific roles.

  • Validity Measurement: Includes a consistency score to ensure the accuracy of results.

  • Quick and Simple: It takes only 20 minutes to complete with no right or wrong answers.

  • Comprehensive Reports: Provides insights on strengths, career development, and specific job matches through the Career Navigator Portal.

Making the Most of Career Assessments:

To get the best results, treat career assessments as a starting point. Encourage your teen to explore the results, discuss them with you, and make informed decisions. The best time to take a career assessment is towards the end of their freshman year.

Consider the job outlook, salary, and education needed for that career. For example, Lisa discovered that while a career as a Sketch Artist fit her skills well, the salary needed to be increased for independent living. Excited about a career as a Political Scientist, Chad learned that it required a doctorate, leading him to choose another fitting career requiring only four years of college.

Investing in a career assessment for your high schooler can be a game-changer. It’s a small step that can lead to significant insights and a brighter future. If you’re ready to help your teen explore their potential, consider integrating a career assessment into their high school journey. The right tool can provide clarity, direction, and confidence, leading them to success.

Ready to Start?

Ready to start? Schedule a College Assessment Plan call to learn more about how we can support your teen’s career exploration journey!