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Discover Your Interests

It happens all the time. Relatives, parents, teachers, and other adults want to know your plans for the future. They ask what you want to do after high school, if you're going to college, what you're going to study there and so on.

These questions can make you crazy, can't they? When you don't know exactly what you plan to do after high school, it helps to start with an easier question: What are you interested in? The questions in this chart will help you understand what you like to do, what you're good at and what's important to you. Click here to download worksheet to complete the chart.

Identify Ask Dig Deep for Answers Your Ideas
Abilities What am I good at? Extracurriculuar activities:
  • Can you work as part of a team?
  • Have you been a leader in activities?

Course Strengths

  • Are you a good public speaker?
  • Do you like to do research?
  • Is writing or art something you enjoy?

Job Duties

  • What types of skills do you use at work?
  • Do you interact well with customers?
Interests What do I like to do?
  • What are your favorite subjects?
  • What hobbies or other activities do you enjoy?
  • Do you prefer to work alone or in a group?
  • Do you like working with computers?
  • Do you enjoy contact with people?
Values What's important to me?
  • Do you want to make a lot of money?
  • Is helping others or making a difference important?
  • Do you enjoy taking risks or do you prefer stability?
  • What kind of lifestyle do you want as an adult?



Career Exploration & Assessment

A good way to match your traits with possible careers is to use self-assessment tests. A career assessment is a series of short questions that help determine which career pathways best fit your interests and skills.

ACT Profile - A New Kind of Assessment

Interest assessments, such as the ACT Profile, are a great way to find the career that best suits you by discovering what really interests you and what you value most.

ACT Profile is a free and easy tool featuring three short assessments. The assessment results create a personalized Career Map identifying the careers and pathways that best fit you. Visit to start, or go through the assessment and the results with an ICAN advisor - schedule a Career Assessment appointment at

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