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The Ohio Career Planning System

Madison students in grades 7-12 participate in career planning activities designed to help each prepare for life after high school.  These activities allow students to assess their interests, skills, personality, and work values and link them with potential careers.  Students create career goals, back-up plans, education plans and documents such as résumés and career narratives that help them move forward. 


Much of this work is accomplished through Naviance, a career and education planning tool used by 9-12th grade.  Here students will research careers and training and college options. They will take assessments, complete assigned tasks, and make lists of their potential careers and training.  Many will apply directly to colleges using the Naviance system.  Guidance counselors easily keep track of applications, transcripts, and letters of recommendation when students apply through Naviance.  You will find a direct link on the school website to this service.


Other useful websites include OhioMeansJobs, the job search site provided by the State of Ohio.  Adults often use this site to find potential jobs.  Ohio has added K-12 features that include assessments and college and career search. Useful features of this website are the practice tests for ACT, SAT, Civil Service Exams, ASVAB and numerous other tests that are important to securing employment or further education. We encourage students to practice tests before taking them to help improve their scores.


This year Madison students 7-12 still have access to the Ohio Career Information System as the district moves fully to OhioMeans Jobs and Naviance as our major online career education resources.


Career education is a shared responsibility.  Parents, counselors, teachers, administration, and the career consultant all have an effect on student preparation for a fulfilling life of work.  At all grade levels our students need to tackle the important questions about their careers.


Not this:  “What do I want to be when I grow up?”


But these:  “Who am I?”  “Where am I going?”  “How do I get there?”


We all know students may change their minds about careers after they leave high school.  Those who have done the most preparation during high school will be better prepared for the changes they make.  Students who cannot answer the basic career questions before leaving high school often struggle with costly education in the wrong field or struggle to find a job that fits their needs.


Carolyn Smith

Career Consultant, Madison Junior-Senior High School