Quick Links
Skip to main contentSkip to navigation

Paola USD 368

Paola High


Ajax Loading Image


Career Exploration

Students & parents have access to Xello. Interest and ability inventories, research careers and colleges, and ACT prep are just a few of the options available within this program. If you need log in assistance, please contact the PHS Student Services.

Kansas Career Navigator 
This FREE web site is intended to offer all Kansans access to public state regional information to aid in the selection of education and training programs, access to workforce training providers and labor market information.  The web site is a collaborative project between KS Department of Education, KS Department of Labor, KS Department of Commerce and KS Board of Regents, in an attempt to house all related public data in one online location.

The site is currently in Phase I, which focuses on careers, outlook, county information and postsecondary/training information.  Current career lists highlight the top 10 occupations in each area that meet high wage/high demand criteria set by the Department of Labor.  Phase II is already in the works, which will include secondary information, such as high schools, pathways available, courses offered, programs of study, articulation agreements and connection to careers and postsecondary/training programs.  The committee hopes to have Phase II and expanded career lists operational before the end of the year.

Please feel free look around the site.  http://kscareernav.gov/

Explorers Programs
Exploring is a career awareness program for young men and women ages 14-20. Programs help match your career ambitions with the community, corporate and business resources of the greater Kansas City area. Typically there are meetings and various opportunities for tours, hands-on experiences and more. Click on the link above for more information.

Programs this year include:
Black & Veatch--Engineering
Ottawa Airport or Downtown Airport--Aviation
Johnson County Med Act/Overland Park Fire Dept/LaCygne Fire Dept--Fire Service
KCP & L--Energy
Douglas County Bar Association--Law
JE Dunn--Urban Core, connect w/companies w/in KC area and experience careers w/hands on activities & projects throughout the community
KC Village--Entrepreneurship
Walz Tetrick--Advertising
Miami Co. Sheriff's Dept--Law Enforcement
UMKC School of Dentistry
Truman Medical Center
Hospital Hill
BITTS Equestrian Special Needs

My Next Move
Free interest inventory under "Tell Us What You Like To Do". Loads of great information about careers, their outlook, apprenticeships and more!


Big Future by College Board 
User friendly site for exploring careers, colleges, financial aid opportunities, calculating costs of college, and more. The site is put together and hosted by College Board, who offers the PSAT/NMSQT and SAT.


Occupational Outlook Handbook 
by US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics--The profiles featured here cover hundreds of occupations and describe What They Do, Work Environment, How to Become One, Pay, and more. Each profile also includes BLS employment projections for the 2010–20 decade.


College Raptor
With College Raptor's Career Finder and and College Majors 2.0, students have a wealth of resources at their fingertips to research future careers, schools, and more.


Apprenticeships in Kansas & Missouri: What You Need to Know

Faith Technologies of Lenexa, KS, has apprentice opportunities in the Electrical area. Four year program during which students work and earn money as an apprentice as well as Journeyman's license. See link for more information.

Missouri Apprenticeships
Once you are hired at a company that has established a Registered Apprenticeship Program you will be able to earn wages while you learn a skilled profession in a specific field, such as construction, health care, culinary arts, and many more. An Apprenticeship combines classroom studies with on-the-job training supervised by a mentor skilled in the profession. Much like a college education, it takes several years to become fully trained in the occupation you choose. Unlike college, as an apprentice you’ll earn while you learn. At first, you’ll make less money than skilled workers, but as your skills progress, you’ll receive regular raises. Once you have mastered the craft, you will receive the same wages as a professional.

SimplyHired.com--Search for Apprentice jobs


ZipRecruiter--One stop source for employment assistance--Whether you're looking for a job, an internship, help with your resume or other assistance, ZipRecruiter has the tools and information while in high school and after graduation. Zip Recruiter has an app for both Android & iOS, and a 1-Click Apply functionality that is unique to their site. Check it out!