Solutions for School Counsellors in Middle (Junior High) Schools
Our respected career personality test, Canadian career information, career advice, and career development tools are based on the best practices and science of career development. And they are very affordable.
Based on my career in school counselling
, I recommend,
- The Career Key personality test to spark students’ exploration and good decision making. Students taking the Career Key test assess their six Holland personality types, identify career opportunities that match, get full and accurate Canadian information about each one, and download an interpretive booklet – encouraging career exploration.
Research shows that a good personality-career match is a predictor of job satisfaction and success (assuming you use a valid career test). Cost? A dollar with our group discount plan.
Our paper-pencil version is available through ASCA’s bookstore or our eBookStore. There is also a Spanish version. Transparency is important: the Career Key manual is online so you can review its construction, validity, reliability, and other features. There is also a comprehensive e-book version of the manual. Counsellors have used our website with confidence since 1997.
Simplicity, practicality, and validity are Career Key’s strengths. It takes about 15 minutes; results are immediate; and there are no complicated tables or abstract concepts to explain.
- Strengthening students’ essential job skills. Job skills are what count in the workplace. Period. Middle school is the time to learn about and strengthen them. The Foundation Skills: Job Skills All Workers Need article describes those that are essential. It is based on a book I wrote with students at Daniel's Middle School students in Raleigh, NC. In The Free Agent Outlook on Work students learn why marketable skills are the key to success.
- Choosing a College Major or Training Program that fits students’ personality. A close personality-major match is vital. It is one of the predictors of academic success and satisfaction -- GPA and graduation. Many students are often thinking about this – their future. This article will encourage them in their exploration. The companion e-book, Match Up! Your Personality to College Majors, links the Holland personality types to all 1300+ college majors and training programs. It is the first to do this (more on our ground breaking research).
“I would wholeheartedly recommend this book for busy school counsellors… Match Up! encourages a learner-centred interaction between understanding one's key personality types and occupational and training information… [It] will be of great use to students and counsellors who need to provide a list of options related to personality in a quick manner... It is a great resource that provides solid information necessary for making effective career decisions.” Read more.
Debra Osborn, Ph.D.
National Career Development Association
- Making good decisions. Our article High Quality Decisions teaches students this essential life and work skill. The ACIP method is practical and based on numerous research studies.
- Using our online guide: Achieving the ASCA National Standards. It gives you practical solutions for creating an effective school counselling program,
based on the ASCA National Model.
- Involving parents in the career development of their child. Our popular article How Parents Can Help and e-book gives them valuable information and practical tips. Read what we tell parents at our website.
- Visiting our eBookStore. We offer many high quality publications. All are offered in a “green”, sustainable PDF file that you download to your computer. Your purchase is an important way to support our efforts.
Here are a few of our titles:
What Colour are Your Feathers? Holland’s Theory and Your Career
Advice & Actions for Making Smart Career Decisions
How Parents Can Help Their Children’s Career Development
- Linking to our website. There is no site license or cost to visiting or linking to our home page or high quality career advice articles without framing. We show no advertising and do not accept reciprocal or paid text linking. Your voluntary links help us keep our website ad-free. Nearly 2,000 non-profits, libraries, and educational institutions link to us and we welcome yours.
Lawrence K. Jones, Ph.D., NCC
President, Career Key.