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. 

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 here –  
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 school ID number where the x's are and do not forget the dash between d94 and your ID number. 
Password =  This can be accessed through teachers and the counselors by going to the G Drive / Staff Shared Files / Counseling / Career Cruising 

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 here:

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:

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

Career Exploration Excursions at COD 

Throughout the school year upperclassmen will have the opportunity to explore different career clusters and the programs offered within each cluster at the College of DuPage. Students should listen to the student announcements for details about each trip and pick up a field trip form in the Counseling Office.
  • Friday, October 28th= Culinary, Hospitality, Tourism
  • Friday, November 4th = Manufacturing EXPO
  • Friday, February 24th = Technical Education
  • Friday, March 17th = Criminal Justice & Fire Science
  • Friday, April 21st = Health Sciences

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.  
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Apprenticeship Programs 

Are you interested in getting into a new or different career, but not sure that the traditional classroom setting is right for you? An apprenticeship might be a great alternative path to your perfect career. You can get a paid mix of on-the-job training and classroom learning.
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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.
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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.
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