Free Career Exploration Worksheet and Career Options for Teens

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We have been thinking a lot recently about what high school electives to choose. Then I realized if we didn’t have a clue what career he might want to have it was pointless. So we are spending the summer looking at career exploration.

I have put together a free career exploration worksheet that you can print out for free and use with the free career tests listed below. Just scroll to the bottom of the page and you can print it off for free.

I have listed all of the resources we have come across that we will be using over the summer months.

If you are looking for the best homeschool curriculum for high school check out our favorites.

Free career exploration worksheets for middle schoolers

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Career Exploration for Teens

As we are starting on high school credits, I realized that we actually hadn’t really considered what his career might actually look like. Middle school is the perfect time to think about career exploration as it should be used to decide on important high school electives.

Included in this post are:

  • Free career exploration worksheets
  • The best career exploration book for teens
  • Free career tests for teens.
  • Career exploration curriculum perfect for homeschooling high schoolers

Career Exploration Worksheets Printable

Download our free career exploration worksheet at the end of this post, and use it with O’Net for free.

I highly recommend getting the kids to take the interest profiler test and use that to help rank the three choices. It is so easy to just use annual salary averages, but if they are not going to be interested in the job the salary is irrelevant.

o'net interest profiler
o'net interest profiler answers

This is what the free interest profile test will look like after the kids have answered the 60 questions (it will take no more than 5 minutes) but it is excellent.

After taking the test it will give you your interest profile broken down into 6:

  • Realistic
  • Investigative
  • Artistic
  • Social
  • Enterprising
  • Conventional

As can be seen in the second image above the test gave us interest codes C and E.

This is also called the Holland Codes, and is often the most important 3 from highest to lowest, so it would be CES or CEA.

Below is how the career exploration worksheet will look when they have filled it out. As can be seen, the interest codes will also be displayed and we use those to decide how interested in each career we are likely to be.


Other Free Career Exploration Worksheets:

Workforce Solutions career curriculum for high schoolers

Career development activities from Scholastic are aimed at students in grades 6-8.

24-page career exploration worksheets

My career exploration activities and worksheets for years 7 and 8.

Minnesota State career planning workbook

Florida Department of Education has put together a free 26-page worksheet that is excellent.

What Color Is Your Parachute? For Teens

What color is your parachute? For teens is the best career exploration book we have found. It is now updated to the 4th edition and is updated as of April 2022.

You will also use your Holland codes in this book to help.

boy reading what color is your parachute

Free Career Exploration

Career Exploration High School Curriculum

Free career exploration worksheet

If you are looking for high school credits I love the following curriculums:

Mr. D Math. College and Career Readiness we have not taken this yet, but we do take their homeschool economics curriculum, ASL, and math courses and we love them.

The HomeScholar Guide to College Admission and Scholarships. Homeschool secrets to getting ready, getting in, and getting paid.

Khan Academy has a career and life skills curriculum that is free and covers different careers to look at and understand more about what they do.

We have taken a career test for teenagers from TruSpark which gave us some great insight.

Career Exploration Worksheet

Make sure you choose the correct paper size and click on the shrink to fit button. All of our free printables work better when printed on cardstock (this is the one we use and love.)

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Last Updated on 24 January 2023 by homeschoolof1

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