What's Next?

Planning for Life After LSN

Remember Naviance?

Naviance is a tool you've been using since middle school to collect information about your job interests and course plans. Today, we're going to use it to learn your "Holland Code", what in the world that means, and how you can use Naviance to start researching institutions of higher learning (aka college, technical school, etc.).

Tasks to complete in this lesson:

  1. Complete Career Interest Profiler
  2. Favorite Careers
  3. Complete and save SuperMatch search
  4. Save three schools

Learn About the Holland Code/RIASEC

John Holland was a psychologist who had a theory that each person and job fits within some combination of six personality types, and that people will do best in jobs that match their combination of types, or code. He defined six types:
  • Realistic (Doers)
  • Investigative (Thinkers)
  • Artistic (Creators)
  • Social (Helpers)
  • Enterprising (Persuaders)
  • Conventional (Organizers)

The types are organized around a hexagon in order of whether they work more with ideas, people, data, or things. (See image below.)

In this lesson, you will find your Holland Code and then have the opportunity to see jobs that match your Code.

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Log in to Naviance Student

Click Student Backpack. Continue with Single Sign-On. Use your Chromebook, not a phone.

Complete the Career Interest Profiler

Click About Me, then My Assessments, then Career Interest Profiler. Take the test. It has a lot of questions, but shouldn't take more than ten minutes or so. Don't overthink your answers!

When you're done, you should see something like the second image below. This student's Code would be RIC (for Realistic-Investigative-Conventional). Your code will be the first letters of your top three types.

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Explore Matching Careers

When you're ready, click on Matching Careers to see jobs that match your Code.

Careers are ordered by the amount of education they require. Click around and see what the Holland Code thinks you might like. This is a great way to learn about jobs you may never have heard of before!

When you click on a job, you can read about what kinds of things a person in that occupation does (do you like these things?), what college majors might be related (do these sound interesting?), and even what people in this job make in different states.

Please use this as an opportunity to favorite jobs that sound interesting by clicking on the heart by a job name. (See below.) This allows you to easily come back to the job later by navigating to Careers I'm Thinking About, but it also helps your counselors get you scholarship and extracurricular information relevant to your interests. Please make sure your favorites are up-to-date!

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Getting There

How do you get to the point where you are qualified for the careers you may be interested in? There are many pathways to consider, depending on the job.

  • Some jobs require a certificate or license. These can be required through apprenticeships, technical schools (such as a cosmetology school), or community colleges (such as Metropolitan Community College - Longview).
  • Some jobs require an Associate's (two year) degree. These can be completed at community colleges or some four-year colleges (such as Mizzou or University of Central Missouri).
  • Some jobs require a Bachelor's (four year), Master's (two year after Bachelor's) or Doctorate (even more years after Bachelor's or Master's) degree. Chances are that you will start with a Bachelor's degree at a four-year college, or Associate's degree at a two-year college and then transfer to a Bachelor's degree at a four-year college.
  • Some choose to enlist in the military. The military provides job training in a plethora of fields, or can provide funding for education outside of the military as a benefit of service.

What's Important to You?

Most people who pursue higher education invest a lot of time and money, so it's important to think about what's important to you. Some things to consider:

  • Location - distance from home, relation to industry, setting, etc.
  • Areas of study
  • Length of study required
  • Scores required for admission
  • Cost and financial aid available
  • Culture (genders, ethnicities, religions, etc. present)
  • Population
  • Housing availability
  • Selectivity
  • Graduation rate
  • Organizations and extracurricular activities
  • Disability services
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Return to Naviance and navigate to Colleges, then Find Your Fit, then SuperMatch. SuperMatch is one of our favorite tools in the Counseling Office! It allows you to enter the criteria that is desirable or undesirable to you and then see a list of every higher education institution in the US (and some in other countries!) in order of how well they fit your criteria.

  • Enter your criteria by clicking on the categories at the top of the tool.
  • Once you're done, scroll down to see how schools stack up.
  • By the name of each school, you'll see a percentage for how good of a match SuperMatch thinks it is for you. When you click "Why?", you'll see a breakdown of your criteria compared to the school. (See image below.)
  • Click on the name of the school to see a full description of the important facts for the institution, including average cost based on income, admission and demographic statistics (including ACT and GPA averages compared to you), areas of study, fees, deadlines, and more.
  • Click on the heart by the name of a school to add it to your "Colleges I'm Thinking About" list. Please add at least three to your list!
  • Back on the SuperMatch page, click "Pin to Compare" for schools you'd like to compare side-by-side. When you click "Pinned" and then "Compare Pinned Colleges" at the bottom, you'll see a helpful side-by-side comparison.
  • Save your search so you don't have to start from scratch next time!
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Reach out to your counselor!

We love this stuff. Let us know when you're ready to begin thinking about your post-high school plans and we'll help you in any way we can.

- Ms. Steele, A-Co, rebecca.steele@lsr7.net

- Ms. Gray, Cr-He, robin.gray@lsr7.net

- Ms. Murray, Hi-Mc, paige.murray@lsr7.net

- Ms. Hillbrand, Me-Se, laura.hillbrand@lsr7.net

- Ms. Smith, Sh-Z, justene.smith@lsr7.net