Students. Have you ever asked yourself...

  • What will I do when I finish high school?
  • How do I decide what I want to do?
  • What are my career options?
  • How can I get into a career I like?
  • What subjects and classes should I be taking?
  • What should I study in college?
  • Should I even go to college?
  • Where can I get help to plan my future?  
  • You don't have to decide your future today, but the reality is,
    you might want to start thinking about it. You are choosing classes, activities and colleges that form the foundation for your future.

    No matter what you think your path will be - a 4-year university, community college, an apprenticeship or training program -
    Inspire Your Future can help you experience the world. It's a great resource. 

    How does it work? 
    The Inspire Your Future program makes it easy for you to figure out what careers might be a good fit for 
    you. Then explore those options by connecting directly with local businesses and people who have experience in the careers or industries that interest you. It's easy to navigate and if you get stuck or have a question, we are here to help! 

Start with Career Cruising.

Start with your school's Career Cruising log-in and password. Log-in below to get started.  If you don't have your Career Cruising log-in information (if you forgot it or can't find it), click here for help.

With Inspire Your Future and Career Cruising, you can: 

Assess Skills - Assess your skills, abilities and preferences to see how they match up with your career(s) of interest. 
You can also be matched to careers that might be good for you based on your assessment results.
Explore Careers - With access to more than 600 career profiles, including job titles and descriptions, students can explore career options. The site gives suggestions regarding education and coursework, information and training requirements, salary information and more.
Connect to Companies - Companies throughout the Chicago area have completed company profiles that include a company description, location, career opportunities, and what kind of Career Exploration Opportunities they can provide students, plus much more.

Ask Questions - Career Coaches in almost every field are available for on-line discussions. Students may also follow discussion boards of interest and read questions that others have had about specific careers.

Get Some Experience - Experience a career first-hand by participating in Career Exploration Opportunities by searching for job shadowing, mock interviews, company tours, company events, and internship opportunities.

Understand Choices - Understand the education and training required for a particular career, compare post-secondary school data and profiles and access college prep, scholarship and financial aid information.

Make a Plan - Develop a job search plan, write a resume and cover letter, and prepare for a job interview with step-by-step help. All this data can easily be saved and shared with mentors and advisors.










Assess Skills - Assess your skills, abilities and preferences to see how they match up with your career(s) of interest. You can also be matched to careers that might be good for you based on your assessment results!