Exploring and Planning Phases

Resources listed here are freely available resources that support the exploring and planning phases of the Individualized Learning Plan process.

College & Career Academy Support Network
Target Populations: Secondary Students

  • Job Exploration Questionnaire. Provides a series of reflection questions that encourage students to reflect their needs and expectations for a career and work environment.

Get Ready!
Target Population: Youth

  • Interest Assessment. Interest assessment that links interests to interest profiles (Realistic, Investigative, Artistic,Social, Enterprising, Conventional) and profiles to related Career Clusters .

Illinois Career Information System
Target Population: All Students K-12 and Adult

  • My Portfolio. Includes career and interests exploration and is transferable among different CIS sites across Illinois.  This allows students to share move their portfolio from site to site, as they connect with new counselors and advisers. The portfolio stores their personal career plans and provides them access to tools for exploring their skills and interests, as well as potential career interests.  Additionally, their portfolio can be used to explore education and employment options. 

iSeek Solutions
Target Populations: Youth and Adults

  • Career Cluster. Descriptions of over 500 careers and 60 industries by career cluster .

Learn More Indiana
Target Populations: Students in Grades 6-8

  • Drive of Your Life. Interactive career exploration game for students in 6-8th grade. Helps students to learn about themselves, higher education and careers.

National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (CTE)
Target Populations: Youth and Adults

  • Student Interest Survey. Helps students to identify their top three Career Clusters based on their areas of interest. This is a paper inventory that is available in both English and Spanish and which can be printed and completed offline.

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth)
Target Population: Youth

  • Self-Exploration – Who Am I. Sample exploration activities that can be used or adapted to support students’ self-exploration. Additionally, the site provides sample exploration activities from Georgia Career Resource Network and Utah State Office of Education.
  • Career Exploration. Lesson plans that can be used or adapted to support students to develop career exploration skills. Additionally, the site provides sample career exploration resources from Georgia Career Resource Network and Utah State Office of Education.

O*NET Online
Target populations: Youth, Adults, and Veterans

  • My Next Move. Career exploration tool that allows students to search careers by keyword, browse careers by industry or explore careers based on their interests .
  • Find Occupations. Students can explore careers by keyword, cluster, industry, job zone, Bright Outlook category, Green Economy Sectors, Job Families, or STEM discipline.

Virginia Career VIEW
Target Populations: Children Grades K-5 and 6-8, Parents, and Staff
Tools (selection of those available):

  • Who R U? Interest assessment that links students’ areas of interest by Career Cluster.
  • I’ve Got Skills. A selection of skill assessment and reflection activities to help student recognize and assess their skills.
  • All about you! Reflect activities that help students to envision their futures and relate their preferences to occupational areas.
  • Explore Career Clusters. Interest inventories for each career cluster .
  • Career Search. Information including common tasks, projected earnings, and education required for more than 900 occupations.

What’s Next Illinois
Target Population: Secondary and Postsecondary Students

  • What’s Next Illinois. A free individualized learning plan system for students in the state of Illinois where students plan for high school, college, and careers, while exploring financial aid and building a portfolio. 

Transitioning Resources

Resources listed here are freely available resources that support the transitioning  phase of the Individualized Learning Plan process

Target Population: Secondary Students

  • Identify What You Want in a School. A listing of factors to consider when selecting a college and questions that help students reflect on what it is important to them in a college.

Illinois Student Assistance Commission
Target Population: Secondary Students

  • Before College. Provides links to What’s Next Illinois, one-on-one support for preparing for college, and information on college access. 

Targeted Population: Secondary Students and Adults

  • Join the Military. Provides a wide array of information on the process of joining the military, including information about the ASVAB test, contacting a recruiter, and military fitness requirements. 

National Collaboration on Workforce and Disability for Youth
Targeted Populations:  Faculty, Staff, Families and Students with Disabilities

  • Role of Individualized Learning Plans in Transition Planning for Youth with Disabilities.  This brief provides insights and resources to meeting the needs of students with disabilities who are in transition planning. 

United States Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy
Targeted Population: Youth Development Professionals

  • Soft Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success. This curriculum focuses on teaching “soft” or workforce readiness skills to youth, including youth with disabilities ages 14-21 years of age. The basic structure of the program is comprised of modular, hands-on, engaging activities that focus on six key skill areas: communication, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, networking, problem solving and critical thinking, and professionalism.