Department of Defense Education Activity

Career Development

Following the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Standards for career development, the DVS counseling program provides the foundation for the acquisition of skills, attitudes and knowledge that enable students to make a successful transition from school to the world of work, and from job to job across the life span.

Through webcasts and webinar sessions, students enrolled in the DoDEA Virtual School have access to college representatives and military recruiters on a regular basis who provide information about college, work, and military opportunities.

The standards in the Career Development domain include:

Standard A

  • Students will acquire the skills to investigate the world of work in relation to knowledge of self and to make informed career decisions.

Standard B

  • Students will employ strategies to achieve future career goals with success and satisfaction.

Standard C

  • Students will understand the relationship between personal qualities, education, training and the world of work.
  • Students will employ career management strategies to achieve future career success and satisfaction.

Online Resources: Career Development

This interactive site for kids and parents and includes interest surveys, career path exploration, ASVAB study guides, and more. Students can access their ASVAB scores after they've taken the test and analyze the results to help pinpoint their talents. The system will even suggest career paths (in and out of the military) based on the results. Click on the link below to access the official DoD website.

The Occupational Information Network (O*NET): Easy-to-use database, accessible from any web browser that contains comprehensive information on job requirements and worker competencies. O*NET replaces the Dictionary of Occupational Titles and offers a more dynamic framework for exploring the world of work. With O*NET, employers of all sizes and across all fields have a powerful means for accessing critical information.

College Board Online - Comprehensive college information site. College Board Online includes College Board tests, programs, and online registration, a Test Question of the Day, SAT preparation, a searchable database of colleges, financial aid information (including a financial aid calculator), career planning information, a fee-based essay evaluation service, online shopping and more. Check out Starting Points for Students and Parents, Preparing for College, and Career Search Questionnaire. Register online for the SAT, view and send your SAT scores, and find all the information you need -- including exam dates and fees -- for the SAT I, SAT II: Subject Tests, PSAT/NMSQT, AP, and CLEP.

ETS Net - The Educational Testing Service Network These are the folks that write the SAT I: Reasoning Test, SAT II: Subject Tests, AP, GRE, CLEP, etc. ETS Net provides sample test questions, test preparation, and test registration. It also contains information on college planning, financial aid, and links to college and university sites.

Kaplan Test Prep - SAT, ACT, and other test preparation, admissions consulting, and other services to help you prepare for college.

Revolution Prep - Revolution Prep offers a variety of live and online programs to help students prepare for the SAT and ACT exams.

Princeton Review Online - This extensive college and career information site includes data as to colleges, scholarships, online admissions, paying for college, and test preparation for SAT I and II and ACT.

Peterson's Education Center - Peterson's includes information about educational programs at all levels and provides searchable databases of colleges and academic programs including test prep and financial aid similar in content to College Board Online.

  • FAFSA on the Web - information on, and applications for, federal student aid.
  • Student Aid - Federal Student Aid Resource Center
  • FinAid - a student guide to financial aid.
  • Department of Education Student Guide - The Student Guide is the most comprehensive resource on student financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education. It covers the Department's major aid programs, including Pell Grants, Stafford Loans and PLUS Loans.
  • - The website
  • Find Money for College - Find scholarships while colleges recruit you.
  • CollegeNet Mach25 Scholarship Database - The Mach25 database contains over 600,000 awards totaling over $1.6 billion. Keyword Search gives you a quick way to narrow down to a particular scholarship or group of scholarships.
  • Federal Employee Education & Assistance (FEEA) - Scholarship Program for dependents of civilian federal employees.
  • Fastweb - Students may register for scholarship information at Fastweb, one of the Internet's largest free scholarship search sites. FastWeb's scholarship search will automatically match available scholarships to the student's profile and eligibility requirements. For many awards students can apply right online. FastWeb will email updates to keep students posted as new scholarships become available. FastWeb advises students about scholarship opportunities tailored to them. All for free!!!

For Military Dependents Only:

  • Marines
  • Air Force
  • Army
  • Navy
  • Coast Guard
  • Military Career Fields and Profiles

    Choosing a career in the Military takes careful consideration. Start exploring Career Fields & Profiles section to find jobs that fit your skill set and interests.

    Each page includes that field's typical careers, required training, daily responsibilities and associated civilian careers.

    Additionally, be sure to check out career profiles for a personal look from a service member at day-to-day life in that field.

  • Campus Tours - Contains interactive virtual tours and campus maps of colleges and universities across the United States.
  • Planning for College - A Guide for Students and Their Parents: One of the best sources of information about college is already available to you through the ExPAN computer program, which is available at all DoDEA high schools. ExPAN is updated every year, and has proven to be a very useful tool for students and their parents to plan for college. If you don't already know how to use ExPAN, ask your guidance counselor how to get started.)
  • eCampus Tours - Offers virtual college tours with 360° x 360° views of over 1300 different schools.