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... to locate information that fits the needs of the individual career planner

Sorting Tools

These components help individuals select occupations, postsecondary schools, and scholarships based upon their personal characteristics, preferences, and goals.

Occupation Sort

Helps people explore occupational options by matching and individual's interests, abililities, and work preferences to the realities of the labor market.  Users prioritize their decision factors and set acceptable ranges for their selected factors.

Undergraduate School Sort

Allows people to search the Schools information for colleges and universities that match educational needs and preferences. The ten sorting criteria are program of study, length of program (degree), school location, type, setting, and size, admission , maximum tuition and fees, financial aid (including athletic scholarships), and special programs (such as overseas study) and services (such as assistance for individuals with disabilities). 

Graduate School Sort

Allows people to search the Schools information for colleges and universities that offer master's and doctoral degrees. The ten sorting criteria are program of study, length of program (degree), school location, type, setting, and size, admission , maximum tuition and fees, financial aid (including athletic scholarships), and special programs (such as overseas study) and services (such as assistance for individuals with disabilities). 

Financial Aid Sort

Helps people find scholarships and loans that match their educational plans, abilities, and backgrounds. The program compiles a list of awards to research based on responses to eleven criteria.


Assessments

Formal career assessment inventories are integrated into CIS to help students and adults link self-knowledge to the world of possibilities. (When sites register, they can specify which assessment tools they was activated.)

SKILLS Assessment

A career assessment instrument that relates a person’s preferred transferable skills to skills required in occupations. In addition to identifying new occupational options, the assessment process builds self-esteem and develops a vocabulary of skills that is helpful in career development and job search.  (Typically not activated for middle schools.)

IDEAS™ Assessment (Requires an additional fee)

Computerized version of the Interest Determination, Exploration, and Assessment System (IDEAS™) from National Computer Systems, Inc.  Users respond to 128 items drawn from the Career Assessment Inventory (CAI) and receive a report organized around 16 Basic Scales. 

O*NET Assessment Instruments

CIS online adaptations of two O*NET assessment instruments. The Interest Profiler is a self-assessment tool for career exploration that uses interest to identify possible occupational goals. The Work Importance Locator helps students and adults identify their work values, such as achievement, autonomy, and working conditions, and associate these values to characteristices of occupations.

Assessment Link

Connects the results of eleven standard career assessment instruments, such as the Self-Directed Search (SDS) and the Career Occupational Preference System (COPS), to matching or closely related occupations in CIS.

 

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