Career Development Resources
Guidelines / Materials / Products / Publications
- 2014-2015 Occupational Outlook Handbook
In addition to calculating critical economic data such as the monthly unemployment rate, the Bureau of Labor Statistics maintains and updates a career guide with detailed information for more than 300 occupations. The most recent edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook was published on Jan. 8, and features information on general job descriptions of occupations, the typical work environment, training and credentials necessary to enter a field, as well as average earnings. The catalog is widely used by students, job seekers and career guidance professionals. Link to the Online Handbook
- Roadmap to Success for High School Students - Individual Learning Plan
The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has released a toolkit and checklist to help high school students make the most of their Individualized Learning Plans. ILPS are used to personalize learning, engage students and prepare them for life beyond high school. Through student-directed college and career exploration activities, students can take charge of their futures. ILPs also allow students with disabilities and their families to engage in comparatively early and in-depth transition planning, because they generally start while a student is in middle school and are updated frequently. The ODEP material, which provides practical guidance and real-life examples, can help young people plan for success.
View the Online Guide
- Career Resources Guide, LearnHowToBecome.org
LearnHowToBecome.org, a non-commercial organization, provides detailed insight into 45 of today's most popular career fields, including accounting, engineering, medical assisting, nursing, firefighting, financial advising and teaching. Each career has its own customized "how-to" guide, which starts by addressing important questions such as 'What does a medical assistant do'? and 'What skills are needed to succeed'? The guide then dissects each of the educational and professional steps needed to enter the field, including coursework in high school, a college degree, on-the-job training, apprenticeships, and professional exams and certifications.
- National Career Development Guidelines (NCDG)
Online NCDG Activities - Career development experts have created these activities to help youth and adults realize the goals of the National Career Development Guidelines.
The NCDG framework describes a continuum of personal, education and career skills young people and adults should master to get the most from education, life and work. Educators, counselors, career development professionals, or administrators can create high quality career development programs for youth and adults in a variety of settings that:
- Help students acquire skills they’ll need to transition successfully to postsecondary training or a job after high school;
- Help students achieve more by linking classroom study to future choices; and
- Help adults acquire new skills and move through career transitions.
- Career Activity Files
These booklets provide career development activities for Grades K-12 and include integrated lessons,and activities related to the theme of the publication. (Note: Out of Print - print as needed)
- OK Career Guide
Oklahoma’s NEW online career planning system will be here August 2015: OK Career Guide will be the new and improved statewide career system supported by OK CareerTech, replacing OKCIS.
This system is currently being built specifically for Oklahoma and will have many of the same features in a new and improved format. The OK Career Guide system will serve a wider audience and provide more data to administrators, among other upgrades.
Best of all, access to this online tool will be provided by CareerTech at no cost to users or administrators.
Users will be able to:
- Develop career awareness
- Develop individual career plans
- Take assessments
- Explore careers
- Research and link to post-secondary schools
- Locate scholarships
- Set career goals
- Connect to business and industry
- Build a resume
- And much more!
This rubric provides basic guidelines to assist in rating the current status of your school's implementation of students' Individual Career Plan/Program of Study (POS).
This tool helps individuals select a suitable career direction; identify the kinds of occupations that will assist them in following their chosen career direction; and identify the kinds of learning they will need to qualify for and perform selected occupations.
“Do You Know . . .”Bookmarks (Dropout Prevention)
Dropping out of school is not a good option when students see the reality of what life provides. Print this bookmark and distribute them through the counselor’s office, main office, and/or library to your students. There are two options to use for printing.
Bookmark2 - border placed left and right side of page
The pocket survival tool for job applications and interviews
These verbs can be used to help you describe your skills and experience
Skill Building Brochure (English Version) (Spanish Version)
This brochure provides a list of skills that students already have and rewrites the skills on how to say it to an employer.
Note: Printing - Page Scaling:"Fit to Printer Margins" or "Tile All Pages" Properties - Select two-sided printing
Middle School and Jr High