What are the main tools or useful features of Career Cruising?
There are many helpful and beneficial features of this program. But the basic components include the following:
- Interest inventories and skills assessments- Career Crusing offers users a unique and statistically normed interest inventory called Matchmaker. It includes 116 questions for which students enter responses on a 5-part likert scale ranging from "Dislike very much" to "Like very much". The inventory can be completed in three intervals, with career reccomendations becoming more specific as the user answers more questions. The program also provides users with a 46 question self-rated skills assessment. The results of the skills assessment are presented as a grade value with career recommendations. So once both assessments are completed, the user can view results of "what do I like to do" and "what do I think I am good at" and, ultimately, what might be a good match for me to consider pursuing.
- Career and Occupational information database- Career Cruising contains detailed information (job descriptions, employment projections, expected earnings, work conditions, typical education/training pathways, related careers, etc.) for over 500 occupations. Users can research extensive data, view video recorded interviews of pofessionals in the feild, link occupations to colleges and trade schools that offer matching programs, and save every search in a career portfolio through Career Cruising.
- Post-secondary education/training and military information database- Many online programs exist that allow students to search for colleges, schools, training programs, or military opportunities that allign with their interests, strengths, and goals. Career Cruising offers such a resource as well. The beneft of using this program as opposed to another is that all of the interest inventories and career searches are linked with a user's profile. This allows for a student to consider post-high school pathways with a rich and extensive variety of factors and input guiding one's decision of a next step that makes sense and alligns with a search that spans all secondary grade levels.
- Scholarship and financial aid tools- Paying for college or any post-secondary educational program can be expensive, stressful, and difficult to navigate. One feature of Career Cruising is a comprehensive national scholarship search engine that will help students to find scholarships that are relevant and finacially beneficial prior to graduating high school. Again, the program allows for students to seek scholarships that match with the student's profile, thus simplifying the search process, which can be overwhelming and complex.
- Job search and resume builder- Career Cruising has a job search engine that can be useful for students planning to directly enter the workforce after high school. It also contains a resume building tool that can assist students in preparing for job interviews, completing job applications, and navigating the steps of seeking professional employment.
How do I help my child log onto Career Cruising?
- Open any web browser and go to www.scasd.org.
- From the SCASD district homepage you can click on a tab near the center of the page titled "For Students".
- A list of links will appear. Click on Career Cruising (at the top of the list).
- You will be linked directly to a google login site for Career Cruising.
- Enter your SCASD credentials (user ID and password that you use at school) and get started!
When will my student be using Career Cruising?
Our hope is that students will use this program beginning in middle school and throughout high school. There are a number of contexts in which this tool may be useful in developing a student's comprehensive high school plan and exploring/researching opportunities beyond high school. School counselors will use Career Cruising at each grade level beginning in grade 6, both in class and individually as needed.
Click HERE to see the current plan for introducing students to the various components of Career Cruising between grades 6 and 12. In addition to this plan, school counselors, teachers, learning support, and our Career and Technical Center (CTC) will use this program to enhance students' learning experience whenever possible. Additionally, the high school is in the early stages of unfolding a new initiative called Student Learning Communities (SLCs). Career Cruising will be an integral tool used in within SLCs to support students in setting and reaching goals, as well as collecting aritifcats and documenting accomplishments throughout high school.