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SLS1122 - FYE Career Exploration: Career Exploration

Career Development

Career Coach

If you're unsure of your career path, trying to narrow down your options can be difficult. That's where The Holland Code can help. This theory of career development states that most people are one of six personality types: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, & Conventional

To see which personality type you are, take the Career Assessment using Polk State's Career Coach! Click "Take Career Assessment" and choose the 60-question option

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In addition to the assessment, this source provides career data based on the Winter Haven/Lakeland area


Additional Information

Detailed descriptions of career options that can be searched by job titles or industry, and also can be explored by searching based on your skills, interests, and values:

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Now that you've discovered some career options, the next step is to research those options using credible sources. The Bureau of Labor Statistics produces an excellent resource: the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH). This source will provide you with information including median salaries, education requirements, and job outlooks for many careers.
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For the Career Exploration project, you will need to provide data at both the statewide and national levels for your chosen career. The OOH will provide that information on the following tabs:
  • Summary tab - nationwide level
  • State & Area Data tab - statewide level
    • Use the information located under the Occupational Employment Statistics section or CareerOneStop for statewide data

College Research Resources

Your direct link to nearly 7,000 colleges and universities in the United States. If you are thinking about a large university, a small liberal arts college, a specialized college, a community college, a career or technical college or a trade school, you can find information on all of them here:
Find out information about how much it costs students to attend different colleges, how fast those costs are going up, and information related to why costs are going up:

College Board

You've selected a career, now you need to earn the degree/s required, and find a way to fund your education. That's where CollegeBoard can help. If you took any standardized tests in high school you are probably familiar with this site, but it's so much more than that. There is an entire section devoted to college planning which is where you will focus your research for this part.
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For the Career Exploration Worksheet, you will need to compare the data of a public/state college or university vs. a private college or university. You will find this under the GREEN College Planning section. Then drop down the "Find Colleges" tab & select "Compare Colleges." Compare one public and one private school of your choosing. Fill in the information on your worksheet. 

Paying for College

College is expensive. How can you cut some costs? On the CollegeBoard site in the same GREEN College Planning section, drop down the "Pay for College" tab to explore some ways to save money while attending school.
Your tuition is going to be one of the biggest expenses you'll face in school. Luckily, Polk State College has Foundation scholarships available! Grants & Scholarships are basically FREE money for school. They are the types of financial aid you do not have to pay back. Thousands of dollars of scholarship money goes unawarded every year simply because students did not take the time to apply. You'll never know if you're eligible unless you apply! 


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