Career Planning

What do you want to do as a career?
What skills do you possess?
Are you good with your hands, problem solving, or a motivator of people?
Are you attentive to detail, fast with numbers, quick to catch on?
What are your strong points?

It is important to connect the things you know about yourself to the career areas you are considering.  Online interest inventories and the career websites can suggest careers that match your interests and your personality type.   Do your plans for education after high school match your career hopes?  Programs of Study and your 4 Year Plan can help you prepare you for future careers.   You will need the help of your parents, teachers, guidance counselors, and friends, but it is YOUR future.

Link your college and career goals to classes offered at PTHS.  An online 4 year plan is available in Skyward that allows students to edit and revise their plans throughout high school and shares their plans with their Guidance Counselors.  To access the plan:  (1) Login to Skyward Account.  (2) Click on Online Forms.  (3) Click on 4 Year Plan PTHS - Fill Out Form.  (4) Click View Full Screen Mode.  (5) Click Edit Step 1.  (6) Fill in Selections.   (7) Click Complete Step 1 at the Top of the Screen.  (8) Click on Close and Finish Later (to return to edit later, follow steps 1-4 and then click on the Previous Step button.)  Click here for detailed directions on filling out the form. (.pdf)

Pontiac District 90 is unique in that we share the same building with the Livingston Area Career Center making it convenient for our students to take a wealth of additional career classes without leaving the school.  The Livingston Area Career Center offers many programs of study that include dual credit courses articulated with area community colleges.  Please consult the Livingston Area Career Center website at for more information.

Career Links:
O*NET Online
The Occupational Outlook Handbook
Illinois Work Net Center
Career One Stop
Peterson's Guide
Career Cruising (username: lacc   password: careers)
Careers by Major (NIU site)

Professional Websites:
Architecture:  Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture
Medicine:  Association of American Medical Colleges
Physical Therapy:  American Physical Therapy Association
Law:  American Bar Association
Engineering:  National Society of Professional Engineers
Pharmacy:  American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
Nursing:  American Association of Colleges of Nursing
Dental:  American Dental Association
Veterinary Medicine:  Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges