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Career Exploration & Assessment

Career Assessment & Exploration Appointments (9,10,11,12)

Imagine finding your dream job and building your education and social life around that goal. Career exploration and assessment is the first step and the ICAN team can help you on that path.

Utilizing the ACT Profile interest assessment tool, an ICAN student success advisor can help you find a career pathway that fits you by discovering what really interests you and what you value most.


  • Identify strengths, skills and areas of interest
  • Match your results to career pathways or industries
  • Link career pathways to specific careers and salary expectations
  • Link careers to education and training requirements
  • List education requirements that will lead to potential college majors or career fields
  • Help narrow your list of potential college and training programs to those that fit your interest area and price range


Career Assessment Appointment (9,10,11,12)
Appointment Times: 30-60 minutes

Student will setup their free ACT Profile account and take the ACT Profile assessment. An ICAN advisor will assist in this process and do an initial assessment results review with the student.

This review will include a look at the student's Career Map and the career pathways identified by the assessment as a best fit. Student will identify a target cluster(s) to research. Student will leave with their profile login and a worksheet to complete while reviewing the career results.


Career Exploration Appointment (9,10,11,12)
Appointment Times: 30-60 minutes

Students will work with an ICAN student success advisor on specific areas of their career assessment results and begin mapping out specific careers with the identified pathways to research including education requirements, recommended high school courses, and potential job shadows. Discussion will surround lifestyle expectations and the ability of identified careers to help meet those goals, steps needed to reach those goals including education and training beyond high school, cost of that education and training, and the affordability based on predicted starting salaries.

Students may have a series of Career Exploration appointments as they continue to learn and reassess their interests.

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