Planning Tools and Resources
It’s never too early—or too late—to explore postsecondary options! You will have to take time to research and understand your options, but you don’t have to do it alone. Your school counselors, college and career coach, teachers and other postsecondary partners at your school are available to help break down the processes and to make it easier for you.
As a starting point, consider this: Ever wonder what career might be a good fit for you? Want to make sure you’re exploring all your options? Finding out what you want to do in the future involves taking assessment of who you are today. A self-inventory can help you start to plan for life beyond high school.
As a student at Chicago Public Schools, you can use Naviance to start to figure out what you’re into and to get some ideas about possible options for life beyond high school. Consider these questions:
- What do you like to do?
- What makes you curious and excited to learn more?
Using your CPS username and password, log into Naviance to get started in your quest:
- Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) - Your ILP is made up of activities and is both a tool and a process that you can use to define your long-term career goals and immediate plans for life beyond high school. It can inform your decisions about courses and activities throughout high school.
- Career Interest Profiler - This tool is a survey that can help you discover the types of work activities and careers that match your interests. When choosing your answers, consider whether you might enjoy or dislike a particular work activity if you had a chance to do it. Based on your responses, the “Career Interest Profiler” will rank your top three interests and provide you with a list of occupations that match you.
- Career Cluster Finder - This is a tool that will match your interests and personal qualities to careers that may be a good match for you. The more information you have about where your strengths lie, and what your interests are, the more you can make informed decisions about courses, activities, and eventually career interests that you might want to pursue.
- SuperMatch - This is a college search tool that assists you in exploring and discovering colleges that are a fit with what you are looking for in a college experience and a match with your academic profile.
Additionally, be on the lookout for your “Learn.Plan.Succeed. Progress Report.” In November and April, every sophomore, junior, and senior student and parent/guardian receive a customized report. Students will receive the LPS report at their CPS e-mail, and parents/guardians will receive a copy at the home address. Use the LPS Progress Report to start the conversation about your future.
- Learn.Plan.Succeed. Progress Report -This report is customized to you! Each progress report includes multiple sections filled with useful information and suggestions, including:
- College Readiness Guide: Overview of potential college options and your level of competitiveness based on available academic metrics.
- High School Graduation Progress: Progress tracker that outlines the number of credits required and earned for each subject in order to reach high school graduation.
- Next Steps: Actionable suggestions each student can discuss with a school counselor to stay on-track to graduate and to prepare for postsecondary opportunities, including applying to scholarships and exploring options to earn college or career credentials.
- Career Opportunities: Overview of potential career pathways based on a student’s interests, which include degree and certificate requirements for each career as well as colleges to consider.
I have not received a Learn.Plan.Succeed. Progress Report, how can I get one?
Students receive a .pdf version of the LPS Progress Report at their CPS issued e-mail. Parents receive a hard copy of the report for each student in grades 10, 11, and 12 at the home address provided to the school. Check in with the student’s school counselor to correct the home address and to get a duplicate copy of the LPS Progress Report. The report is available to you in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Cantonese.