For students who feel very undecided about what they may be interested in pursuing as a career after they graduate from high school, there are several different types of assessments available that can help students identify areas of interest. Students are encouraged to talk to their counselor to determine which assessment may be the most appropriate for them to take. Below is a brief description of some that are available:
Do What You Are
Beginning in the 2008-09 school year, this online personality assessment will be completed by all sophomores. Juniors and Seniors will be given the opportunity to complete this assessment as well. To complete this assessment, students are asked to read several different scenarios and then respond to several statements after each one. Based on their responses, the program determines the student’s Personality Type which is then described in detail. The student is asked if this sounds like an accurate description of him/herself. The program identifies career choices for the student and gives detailed information about factors related to those careers including education required, workplace environment and other “personality types” that tend to be successful in the field.
To access the Do What You Are assessment:
Go to www.bridges.com
Click on Create a Portfolio
Enter the Site ID (1222739) and Password (X9s8v4A6)◦Select Do What You Are in Your Tools box◦Click Register Here and submit your required information◦Create an account – both your Username and Password must be at least 6 characters long
Select a security question and answer that will be asked should you forget your password
Begin the Do What You Are assessment
Strong Interest Inventory
The Strong Interest Inventory can be completed by any interested student by coming down to the Guidance Department. It is a paper and pencil inventory which has several sections. In each section, the student is asked to rate on a scale how much he/she likes or does not like certain occupations, work and leisure activities and educational subjects Based on this information, the Strong Interest Inventory identifies a range of possible careers that may be of interest to the student.
Once a year, typically in December, the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) is administered at NBHS to any interested Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors. This assessment is comprised of two sections. The first is an aptitude test that takes about three hours to complete and assesses academic and technical skills. The second section of the ASVAB is an interest inventory given to students when the results from the first section are returned. Students then combine the results from the two sections to identify potential career fields for further exploration.
Although developed and administered by the military, students have no obligation to the military if they decide to complete this assessment. Originally administered only to people who were enlisting in a branch of the military, the ASVAB Program recently was re-designed to be helpful to virtually all students, whether they are planning on immediate employment after high school in civilian or military occupations, or further education at a university, community college, or vocational institution. More information can be obtained at www.asvabprogram.com.