Choices Planner Help

Choices Planner provides a number of helpful resources depending on where you are in your career.

How To Register
  1. Go to the following link: Choices Planner
  2. Underneath "Sign In", click the tab labeled "Site ID"
  3. "Site ID": 0108700
  4. "Password": EaglesLA (password is case sensitive)
  5. Once logged in, at the top right of the page click "Create Portfolio"
  6. Fill out all of the required information
  7. Once finished, click "Create Your Portfolio"
Using Choices Planner
The primary tools provided by Choices Planner are the Planner, the college National Application Center, and the Career Management, Getting Hired, and Training & Education resource guides.
Choices is full of useful tools but in sometimes hard to find places. Below you'll find a list of the tools and where to find them.

What's in the Planner?

Two of the very useful tools in the Planner are the step-by-step Guideways that help the user map out their career path based on either extensive or limited work experience. It goes through steps that help you assess your skills and/or values, find a career, build a career plan, build a resume, and practice for job interviews. It then summarizes the plan.
*How to find the Guideways: Under "Tools" click "Choices Planner" => Scroll to "Recommended Guideways"
The Work Section
The Work section includes a career finder under which you may perform a search or choose to browse careers. Alternatively, you may enter your work history to find careers related to skills you already possess. You may also compare careers, build a career plan, build a résumé, practice job interview skills, create a cover letter, and build thank-you letters.
*How to find the Work section: Under "Tools" click "Choices Planner" => Click the "Work" tab at the top of the page
Additionally, the Work tab includes a Job Search Activities section as well as an Assessment section.
Under job search activities you can:
  • complete a transferable skills checklist
  • complete an interest profiler
  • add careers to your profile
  • identify salary needs (PDF)
  • review the outlook of specific careers
  • document your job search network (PDF)
  • identify potential employers (PDF)
  • practice conducting an information interview (PDF)
  • complete a master job application (PDF)
  • create a cover letter
  • build a resume
  • learn and practice setting up a phone interview (PDF)
  • practice job interviewing
  • create thank-you letters for interviews
The assessments, which are located on the right-hand side of the Work page, include:
  • interest profiler
  • work values sorter
  • basic skills survey
  • cluster finder
  • workplace skills checklist
  • transferable skills checklist
The Learn Section
If you click on the Learn tab, you'll find resources that include: a school finder, a school comparer, a scholarship finder (which not only provides scholarship information but internship information as well), a college application tracker, and a programs and majors section for users to browse.
*How to find the Learn section: Under "Tools" click "Choices Planner" => Click the "Learn" tab at the top of the page
The Your Portfolio Section
The Your Portfolio section allows you to access all of your info in one place. It includes an About You section which stores all of your info including skills, values, interests, and resumes as well as an Activities section that tells you which tasks you have completed. You can also find any saved items here, particularly the career and education options you found an interest in, a Journal Plans section where you can record any ideas, and a Message section where you can directly communicate with the CSULA CDC counselors.
*How to find Your Portfolio: Under "Tools" click "Choices Planner" => Click the "Your Portfolio" tab at the top of the page

What's in the Resource Guides?

The Career Management, Getting Hired, and Training and Education sections contain articles and guides that are associated with starting and maintaining a career.
The guides are located on the right-hand side of the main page after login. To return to the main page from the Planner, click on "Return to your tools" located on the right-hand side of the Planner's Home page.
What's in Career Management?
  • The Basics of Networking
  • Helping Others: A Skill with Global Significance
  • Careers After the Military
  • More People Want Jobs with Meaning
  • The Power of Good Planning
  • Workplace Survival Tips (e.g. Tightrope: Balancing Work and Family)
What's in Getting Hired?
  • Putting Outside Activities to Work
  • Transferable Skills are Key to Success
  • Where are All the Jobs?
  • Your Resume: A Key to Success
  • Looking for Work Can be a Full-Time Job (e.g. Getting a Career Back on Track)
What's in Training and Education?
  • Earn While You Learn
  • Dictionary of Post-Secondary Education Terms
  • Returning to School: Strategies for Success
  • Program Options: Finding the Right Fit
  • Continuing Your Education (e.g. Rebuilding Basic Skills)
Will I need to use the National Application Center?
The National Application Center (NAC) gives users the ability to apply to multiple colleges via one online source. Users have the opportunity to not only apply to undergraduate programs but also certificate and other programs (e.g. CalState Teach). Additionally it contains many other useful resources, including information regarding paying for college and planning your career.
The following tabs contain what may be the most useful and relevant information for undergraduate students.
Get Money
This tab contains:
  • Financial Aid Wizard
  • Save for College
  • Pay for College
  • Scholarship Search
Plan a Career
This tab contains:
  • Self Assessment
  • Find a Career
  • Career List by Industry
  • Alphabetical List of Careers
There are additional resources within the National Application Center website that are primarily for first-time college applicants but may still prove useful for current students.
For additional help, take a look at Choices Planner's quick start guide PDF.