Career and College Planning Guide

Career Development Process

Know Yourself

Interests, values, strengths, traits, abilities


Occupation searches, job trends, education and skill requirements 

Get Focused

Make decisions, create goals, develop an action plan

Take Action

Get experience, connect with employers, apply, get training or a degree

16 Career Clusters

•Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
•Architecture & Construction
•Arts, A/V Technology & Communications
•Business Management & Administration
•Education & Trainin
•Government & Public Administration
•Health Science
•Hospitality & Tourism
•Human Services
•Information Technology
•Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
•Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
•Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

Learning About Yourself

Learning Style Inventories

These assessments can help you determine your learning style and reveal ways to help you learn or study better.


SC Career Information System

Career assessments, learning style inventories, employability surveys, work value inventories, and more

User name: wareshoalshs Password: hornets

O*NET Career Exploration Tools

Ability Profiler, Interest Profiler, Computerized Interest Profiler, Interest Profiler Short Form, Work Importance Locator, Work Importance Profiler

Career Search Tools

NCDA: Internet Sites for Career Planning

Directories, trends, job banks, job search engines, social networking, salary information, financial aid, career development process, and more….

O*NET Occupation Search

Explore and filter through various occupations

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Occupation search tool

Career OneStop

This site can help students explore careers while connecting them with training and jobs. There are career planning tools within the site, such as resume writing tips and assessments. There is a really great “toolkit” that has a variety of tools, even a comparison tool and training section. This site lets you do research, learn about yourself, and connect with pertinent information about the entire career development process.

SC Career Information System

College search, career assessments, learning style and work value inventories

User name: wareshoalshs Password: hornets

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Bureau of Labor Statistics- Search occupations and resources

College Search Tools

Big Future

This site is through The College Board and provides a wealth of information on majors and career options. The site is conveniently broken down into “major categories” to make searching easier. It gives descriptions of majors, shows colleges with that major, and provides a path to a career planning web site. For the career portion it connects students with descriptions, making high school count, related majors and careers, job outlook, and compensation information.

Education Planner

This site has a section for students, parents, and counselors. It has a career planning checklist for middle and high school. It helps connect students with information on various careers through providing assessments, videos, and links to appropriate training. There is a financial planning portion regarding paying for college. The parent portion has FAFSA information, ACT/SAT information, and much more.

College Board Senior Checklist


College Search


Virtual College Tours


Affordable Online Colleges


Scholarship Search


Affordable Colleges Guide


College Websites

Anderson University
Benedict College
Charleston Southern University
The Citadel
Claflin University
Clemson University
Coastal Carolina University
Coker College
College of Charleston
Columbia College
Converse College
Erskine College
Francis Marion University
Furman University
Lander University
Limestone University
Morris College
Newberry College
Presbyterian College
SC State University
Spartanburg Community College
Spartanburg Methodist College
University of South Carolina
Winthrop University
Wofford College
Technical Colleges in South Carolina