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Introducing Guidance Direct

J. Taylor Finley Middle School and Huntington High School students and their parents should familiarize themselves with an exciting career exploration computer program called Guidance Direct. It's free and available 24/7, 365 days of the year.

The program was introduced last year, but is only now beginning to takeoff as greater numbers of students are logging onto the Guidance Direct website at www.guidancedirect.com.

"Guidance Direct is an interactive on-line tool that allows students to conduct career, college and scholarship searches," said Kitty R. Klein, district director of guidance, K-12. "Students log on and begin by creating a username and password account. Once completed, they take the interest profiler, which is a series of questions."

Students are asked to answer each of the questions by indicating their "like," "dislike" or "unsure" feelings and what was asked. "Students can answer the questions in one sitting or sit halfway through the questions and then save the other half for later," Ms. Klein said.

The results are tallied and then categorized under separate six classifications "with variations of dominant traits," Ms. Klein said. "The interest profiler is based upon Holland's Theory," Ms. Klein said. "John Holland believed there were six themes of people and work environments that all jobs could be classified under. These include realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising and conventional."

Through the Guidance Direct program students "make real connections between academic areas and the impact it has on their future career," Ms. Klein said. "Later, as students begin to prepare for post-secondary planning, they can conduct college searches linked to their career interests and future majors and search for scholarship money, as well as build their activity resume."

Guidance Direct is available to all Finley and high school students. To log on to the website, students must pick-up their access cards from guidance. For additional information contact Ms. Klein at 673-2101 or kklein@hufsd.edu or one of the guidance counselors at either school.

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