Career Development

According to the American School Counselor Association’s National Standards, school counselors have a mandate to develop and nurture their students’ future careers.  By the time students finish high school, they should be able to investigate careers and make informed decisions; achieve future career goals with success; and understand how their education, personal qualities, and skills relate to the professional world.

Web Resources


General Information

America’s Career Resource Network
ACRNA is a nonprofit organization of professionals dedicated to ensuring that all individuals have the knowledge and skills necessary to make fully informed career decisions. The ACRNA web site has articles and fact sheets relevant for school counselors, and is working on the Career Development Guidelines, a framework for developing comprehensive career programs for youth and adults.

Counseling Scholarships 

A directory of counseling scholarships to find funding opportunities.

National Career Development Association

Career Convergence Magazine 

This site has articles about career development for children in grades K-12.

Career OneStop 
Sponsored by the US Department of Labor – The student pages of this site offer self assessments, information on careers and education, and tips on finding a job.

Virginia Career View
This site offers information, assessments, games, and ways to explore careers and education opportunities for students through adults.

Career Exploration

Career Zone
This site allows you to explore careers based on Holland’s career theory.

Exploring Career Information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
This site offers all the information found in the Occupational Outlook Handbook, but presents the information in a child friendly format.

Occupational Employment Statistics
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics through the Occupational Employment Statistics program generates employment and wage estimates for over 800 occupations. This web site provides estimates of people employed in certain careers and of potential wages that can be earned.  This information can be viewed for the nation as a whole, for individual States, and for metropolitan and non metropolitan areas. 

The U.S. Department of Labor’s web site offers in depth occupational information such as specific skills, education, and abilities needed for particular careers as well as typical job descriptions, median wages, and much more.

Paws in Jobland
On this web site, kids can explore careers with the help of a cute animated dog named Paws.

Journal Research Articles


CSCORE does not endorse any of the following research studies.  Instead, our goal is to present you with the latest research being conducted.  It is up to you to decide if the study is reliable and valid.

Efficacy of a Group Career Construction Intervention with Early Adolescent Youth

Santilli, S., Nota, L., & Hartung, P. J. (2019). Efficacy of a group career construction intervention with early adolescent youth. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 111, 49-58. 

Abstract and Journal Access

Evidence-Based Secondary Transition Predictors for Improving Postschool Outcomes for Students With Disabilities
Test, D. W., Mazzotti, V. L., Mustian, A. L., Fowler, C. H., Kortering, L., & Kohler, P. (2009). Evidence-based secondary transition predictors for improving postschool outcomes for students with disabilities. Career Development for Exceptional Individuals, 32(3), 160-181.
Full Article

The Academic Self-Efficacy of Urban Youth: A Mixed-Methods Study of a School-to-Work Program 
Perry, J. C., DeWine, D. B., Duffy, R. D., & Vance, K. S. (2007). The academic self-efficacy of urban youth: A mixed-methods study of a school-to-work program. Journal of Career Development, 34(2), 103-126.
Abstract and Journal Access

Curriculum Materials


Missouri Center for Career Education
Over 300 guidance lesson plans are offered from the Missouri Comprehensive Guidance Program. 

Vocational Information Center
Kathryn Hake created this web site as a personal project.  She has compiled an extensive list of career development links in addition to worksheets, assessments, workbooks, and handouts that can be used in the classroom.

Bibliotherapy Suggestions


Christen, C., & Bolles, R. N. (2010). What color is your parachute? Discovering yourself, defining your future--for teens (2nd ed.).                Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press.

Fiske, E. B. (2019). Fiske guide to colleges 2020 (36th ed.). Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks, Inc.

Lapan, R. T. (2008). More than a job!: Helping your teenagers fid success and satisfaction in their future careers. Washington, CD:               American Counseling Association.