Students can create an account and start an assessment on the website www.careercruising.com. The guidance department has a link and directions on how to begin this process on their webpage. This website is a wonderful starting point of finding out careers, college programs to major in and where to attend, as well as financial information for jobs.
Various careers can be researched on careercruising website as well. There are videos of professionals in many fields discussing their job. Information about degrees needed and where to earn those degrees are offered. Students can also see what part of the country may or may not have their field growing as well as the expected salary to work towards.
Students are encouraged to discuss ideas of job shadowing opportunities. Often companies are more than happy to let a high school student shadow someone for the day. Students should try to have this experience if possible to get first hand knowledge of the jobs within a field. Better for the students to discover what careers are suited to them now instead of in college.
UPMC is currently accepting applications for shadowing a PA or nurse.