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A Mental Health & Wellness Newsletter from CHS Counselors

Career Awareness


Naviance is a comprehensive college and career readiness solution that helps districts and schools align student strengths and interests to postsecondary goals, improving student outcomes and connecting learning to life. All CHS students have access and personal logins to utilize the benefits of this software.

Career Exploration:

Connecting students' interests to their potential career paths early ensures active participation in their own academic success and opens their eyes to the wide world of career opportunities. The career planning tools in Naviance allow students to understand how their strengths, goals, skills, and interests can lead to exciting careers.

College and Career Prep:

Each student’s path is unique. How can your school or district help all students reach their unique goals by connecting their passion to their future? Naviance allows students to create a personalized plan that helps them make the right decisions throughout their academic journey.

Self Discovery:

Students build confidence by trying new things, pursuing what they love, and learning from their missteps in a safe environment. Naviance is that safe place—by helping students focus on what’s strong, reflect on their interests and strengths, and explore a wide-variety of career options.


Here are a few things students can do as early as high school to get started on a successful path to their future career - even if they don't yet know what that career is!

1. Be a good student and work hard to get good grades.

Have your student take this survey to learn more about what kind of student they are.

2. Develop good study habits.

Not only do good study habits lead to good grades, they provide the foundation for a lifetime of learning. After all, learning doesn't stop when they finish high school or college.

A good way to improve study habits is to figure out how they learn best. For example, if your student is a visual learner, flash cards may help study more effectively. And if your student is an auditory learner, it may help to read assignments out loud. Knowing how a student learns will make it easier for them to absorb new information.

Have your student take this survey to identify their learning style.

3. Do their homework.

4. Read books, magazines, and online publications for fun.

Don't limit learning to just schoolwork. Reading in their free time, just for fun, will help increase your vocabulary, reading comprehension, and reading speed.

The more interests your student has, the more opportunities they have.

5. Get involved in extracurricular activities.

When admissions counselors or employers review applications, extracurricular activities—sports, music, clubs—give them a glimpse into an applicant's character. That's because extracurricular activities require skills not necessarily learned in class: teamwork, leadership, responsibility.

Extracurricular activities can help strengthen character.

Have your student take this survey to identify personal character traits and potential careers for people with those traits.

6. Identify several career areas that may interest you.

Don't know where to begin? First, think of some things they enjoy doing and then use this interactive tool to find careers that match their skills.

Know How 2 Go

Career One Stop - Get My Future

Bureau of Labor and Statistics

Education Planner - the resource for information contained in this article

Virginia Career View - Has a How R U? Career Survey

Steps for Good Decision Making Skills for Teens

Teens make potentially life-altering decisions every single day. Yet, most teens aren't ever given skills about how to make healthy decisions. As a result, some teens struggle when they're faced with decisions like: Should I get a job? What should I say to a friend who offers me a cigarette? Should I ask someone out on a date?

Good decision-making skills can set your teen up for success later in life. Additionally, good decision-making skills help teens manage their stress levels better.

Here is how you can help your teen learn to make good decisions in five straightforward steps.

Provide Guidance

The key to helping your teen make the best decisions involves providing plenty of guidance, without overdoing it. Be willing to give input when necessary, but don't be afraid to step back and let your teen make mistakes.

Sometimes, natural consequences can provide valuable life lessons. Just make sure that you're there for your teen when she fails. Help her learn from her mistakes and discuss how to make a better choice in the future.

Identify the Problem

Sometimes, teens ignore problems or blame other people for them. A teen may say he's failing math because his teacher doesn't explain the assignments. Or, he may avoid doing his homework because he's too anxious to face the pile of work he's been avoiding. So sometimes, it's important to help your teen spell out the problem. Hold a conversation with your teen and gain your teen's input by asking questions like, "What do you think is going on here?"

Brainstorm Options

Encourage your teen to identify her options. Often, teens think there are only one or two solutions to a problem. But with some time and encouragement, they can usually come up with a long list of creative solutions.

Challenge your teen to identify as many choices as possible even if they seem like a bad idea. Tell her to list as many as she can. Tell her to write down her options so she can review them.

Review the Pros and Cons

Once your teen has a list of options, tell her to identify the potential pros and cons of each one. Writing down the pros and cons will help her see for herself which option could be the best choice.

Talk about how emotions can play a big role in decisions. Fear may prevent her from trying something new while excitement may cause her to underestimate risk. Discuss how writing down the pros and cons can help her tackle a problem with logic, rather than base her decision on emotion alone.

Ask your teen to identify which choice seems like the best one. Offer input and guidance as necessary, but try to encourage your teen to make the decision on her own.

Make sure your teen knows that there isn't always a 'bad' choice. Choosing between two good colleges will have pros and cons but both options may be good ones. So while it may be stressful to choose, it could be a good problem to have.

Create a Plan to Move Forward

Once your teen reviews the pros and cons of her options, talk about how to move forward. Identify what steps she can take next.

Also, talk about how to evaluate her choice. It's important to examine whether it was helpful or whether she made a mistake. Examining whether her choice was effective could help her learn and assist her in making even better decisions in the future.


Big picture

Teen Life is designed to help teenagers succeed at handling relevant issues related to family, school, stress, and the ups & downs of life. Teen Life has been established to help teenagers work with, not against, the people and resources available to them during this impressionable time of life. As a nonprofit organization, Teen Life will use peer support groups with adult facilitators to build trust, acceptance, empowerment, and support. If you think your child would benefit from the support of a Teen Lifeline group at CHS, please contact your child’s counselor at CHS for details.

Carroll High School Guidance Office Information

Carroll High School Counselors

A-D Melissa Watson

E-K Sherry McCoy

L-Q Becca Piriano

R-Z Kara Cuellar