• Career Overview 

    Your counselor has an abundance of information on career planning and can help guide you to hone in on your interests and skills, explore different career options, and develop a plan to move in the direction of your career goals. As part of their developmental counseling curriculum, the counseling staff will provide several career exploration units to students throughout their high school career. Additionally, students are always encouraged to stop in the Counseling Office to make an appointment with their counselor to discuss career options. There is also always a counselor on duty during all lunch hours in the College and Career Center.  It is also encouraged that students shadow professionals in their field of interest to gain real world insight into the career field. See your counselor for help with this job shadow process. 

TCD / Technology Center of DuPage

  • TCD offers DuPage County area high school juniors and seniors 20 career and technical education programs (CTE) as part of their high school curriculum.  In essense, it provides the elective options for junior and / or senior year.  Enrollment is competitive and interested students should inform their counselor of their desire to attend TCD during their course selection appointment. Any student that wishes to enroll at TCD must attend the "preview day" field trip or attend one of TCD's open houses.  More information can be found at the link below!

    www.tcdupage.org

  • Career Cruising

    This online tool is used by your Counselor in conjunction with college and career exploration units during sophomore and junior year. Career Cruising’s web based career guidance program provides assessments and databases which will guide you toward informed decisions as you plan your education and career. The Portfolio Tool helps you translate your career and education exploration into concrete individualized plans for your future. This site has many exploration tools, including career matchmaker, self and skill awareness, in-depth occupation profiles, college and university information and information on financial aid.

    Students of all grades are welcome to utilize this tool. You can click on the link below!
     
     
    Username = chsd94
    Password = wildcats

    Parents and the general public can use the above user name and password to gain access to the many features of Career Cruising. West Chicago Community High School students should use the following format for user name and password (which is required for first time users and for continued use in order to save information):

    Username = d94-xxxxx / enter your ID number where the x's are and do not forget the dash between d94 and your ID number. 
    Password =  This is your network password at the high school and is listed on the back of your ID. 

Holland Code Career Test

  • This online test helps you discover the best jobs for you with the powerful system of Holland career codes.  This free test will identify your strongest career interest among six occupational themes: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional (a.k.a. RIASEC).  Give it a try at the link below!
     
     

College of DuPage's Career Coach

  • Career Coach is designed to help you find a good career by providing the most current local data on wages, employment, job postings, and associated education and training!  Four sections include; searching careers, entering degree / major, starting from scratch, and seeing the hot jobs.  There are also links for more career assessments and a resume builder.  Give it a try here:
     
     

CareerTech

Career Vision

  • Start Early, Start SMART Career Readiness Program.  Career Vision is a not for profit, subsidized Ball Foundation entity whose mission is to study aptitudes and to use that information to help people discover and develop their potential.  They are located in the neighboring community of Glen Ellyn. 

    Career Vision Info

StemJobs

  • This website catergorizes by skills and not by careers.  This helps with the understanding of transferable skills in relation to a variety of fields.  Check it out at the link below:

    www.stemjobs.com

  • Certificate Programs at COD 

    Are you interested in a 6 month to 2 year certificate program at College of DuPage?  College of DuPage has over 50 certificate programs where you can start working in the real world upon completion.  Job assistance is available and student loan debt is low or non-existent. These programs enable you to go directly into what you're passionate about and you can often bypass the typical general education classes that are required of an associates degree.  
     
    Click below for more information
     
  • Union / Trade Careers 

    Are you interested in becoming a skilled union laborer in one of many different trades (i.e. construction, electrical, plumbing, carpentry, etc.). There is a local training facility in the neighboring community of Carol Stream.
     
    Click on the links below for more information
     
     
     
     
     
  • Employment / Training Services 

    Are you interested in working directly out of high school?  Work Net DuPage is a local agency that assists DuPage County residents with job training and job placement services.  They are located in the neighboring community of Lisle.
     
    Click below for more information