Florida CHOICES Planner
User Guide for Secondary Students
A. Access and Login for Students pgs 2-4
B Introduction to CHOICES Planner pgs 5-9
C. Assessment- Interest Profiler pgs 10-12
D. Exploring Careers pgs 13-15
E Connecting Careers to What to pgs 16-17
Learn in High School
F. Connecting Careers to What to pgs 18-19
Learn Beyond High School
G. Connecting Programs/Majors to pgs 20-21
H. Career Finder pgs 22-24
I. Creating a Career Plan pgs 25-32
J. Your Portfolio pgs 33-35
K. Moving and Merging Portfolios pgs 36-38
Florida Department of Education
A. Access and Login for Students
Go to www.flchoices.org
1. Go to www.flchoices.org
which will take you to the
Florida version of
CHOICES. If you see an
orange background, you
are on the correct page.
2. Select Create a new portfolio under Student Sign In.
3. Select your county and then the name of your school or site.
If you are at a middle school and it is not listed, use your district's
middle school site name. Example: ORANGE COUNTY MIDDLE
SCHOOLS. If you don’t find your school, you can use “other.”
4. Fill in the information as requested to create a portfolio.
The portfolio name and password are case sensitive, so a
good guide is to use “lower case, no space” for these. When
creating a portfolio and password, you might consider using
your first and last name and date of birth for your portfolio.
Use your phone number, hometown, or student number for
your password. (Note to educators: See page 39 for
5. After you have created your portfolio, on all follow-up visits, you
can type in your Portfolio name and Password under Student Sign
6. When you create or sign into your portfolio, you land on the
YOUR TOOLS page. Select CHOICES Planner to access the
(Note: Educators-Select the Educators tab to access lesson plans
and other resources.)
B. Introduction to CHOICES Planner
1. The CHOICES Planner program has four main pages: Home, Work,
Learn, and Your Portfolio. These pages are accessed by tabs that are
displayed on the top of all pages in CHOICES Planner, so it makes it
very easy to navigate through the program.
2. On the Home page, you will find links to:
• The Florida Department of Education.
• The Spanish version of CHOICES Planner . Select “Español.”
• Guideways, a step-by-step guide through the program.
• Various features on the Work and Learn pages.
3. On the Work page, you can explore careers in a variety of ways:
• Florida Career Clusters
• Connect Yourself to Careers- take an assessment
• Alphabetical List
• Video List
• Gold Star (These are careers in Florida that have excellent
wages and employment opportunities whose education
requirement is no more than two years of post-secondary
4. Also on the Work page, you will find several other features.
• The Career Finder allows you to search for careers using your
assessment results and other criteria about yourself.
• The Compare Careers allows for side by side comparisons of
• The Career Plan Builder allows you to develop your own career
plan. (This feature is discussed in more detail in Section I.)
• The Getting Ready to Work provides information on Resumes,
Interviewing, and Cover/Thank-you letters.
• The Search feature found on each page in CHOICES provides more
5. On the Learn page, you will find the following education and
• Programs and Majors organized by Career Clusters.
• School Finder which allows you to find schools based on specific
characteristics and factors.
• The Compare Schools which allows for side by side comparison of
schools. You can compare admission requirements, cost, and
• Find Schools By allows you to search for schools in Florida and
other parts of the country.
• The Scholarship Finder uses questions about yourself to identify
scholarships that you can research.
• The Find Scholarship By allows you to search for scholarships by
• The Federal Financial Aid provides information and web links to the
various types of federal financial aid.
• College Planning is information for high school students that are
6. The Your Portfolio page is where your information is
stored in CHOICES Planner.
• The All About You section stores your personal information and
• The Things You Saved section is where your saved career
information is stored.
• In addition, you will also find the Your Plans, Your Journal, and
Your Activities pages.
C. Assessment- Interest Profiler
Note: The Interest Profiler is the recommended assessment for middle
school students to use to identify their career cluster(s) in preparation
for completing their ePersonal Education Planner (ePEP).
1. From the Home page, select the Work tab.
2. Under Connect Yourself to Careers, select the Interest
3. Select Start
answering questions. The
estimated time to
complete this assessment
is 10-20 minutes.
4. Answer all 180
questions as they relate to
your interests. Remember
this is not a test, there are
no "right" or "wrong"
Note: If you are
interrupted in the middle of
this assessment, you can
return later and continue
without having to start over.
5. Your results are
displayed. Further down on
the page is information on all
the Interest Areas and Career
6. Now select Check out
careers matching your
7. You may repeat steps 1-2 to take other assessments such
as: The Work Values Sorter, The Basic Skills Survey, or
Cluster Finder. These assessments are found on the Work
tab under Connect Yourself to Careers on the right side of
D. Exploring Careers
1. Follow steps 1-6 in SECTION C. Click on Check out careers
matching your interests from the Interest Profiler results page.
2. Select the title of a career that you want to learn more about.
3. Use tabs on the top left to explore labor market information
about each occupation. (Shown is the What They Do tab which
gives a description of the occupation.) The Compare Careers
feature allows for side by side comparison of two careers.
4. Choose the Add to Portfolio link at the top right of the page to
save careers of interest. Click the back button to return to the
5. The Is This for You tab shows the desired work traits for this
6. Continue clicking on the Skills You Need, Money and Outlook,
and Connections tabs to get more information about the career.
Some occupations also have a Military Options tab.
E. Connecting Careers to What to
Learn in High School
1. Follow steps 1-3 in SECTION D.
2. Select the career pathway.
3. Then select the Recommended Courses.
4. Review the recommended courses for the career you are
interested in pursuing. You can print the pathway with courses for
grades 9-12 to use as a template for completing the ePersonal
Education Planner (ePEP).
Note: Use the Add to Portfolio link at the top right of the page
to add the pathway to your portfolio. You can click the back
button twice to return to the occupational reports to continue
F. Connecting Careers to What to Learn
Beyond High School
1. Follow steps 1-2 in SECTION D.
2. Select the What to Learn tab.
3. Under Beyond High School choose a program of interest
3. Read the program description. If this is something you are
interested in, then select Add to Portfolio to save this program of
study to your portfolio. How to connect programs of study to post
secondary schools will be covered in SECTION G.
G. Connecting Program/Majors to
1. Follow steps 1-3 in SECTION F.
2. Under Find a School Offering This Program, choose the type
or length of program and select GO.
( Note: Florida is the defaulted state, but you can change your
search to another state.)
3. Select the title of a school.
4. Use tabs on left side of the report to explore schools. The
Compare Schools feature allows for a side by side comparison of
two schools. Add schools you are interested in to your portfolio
by selecting the Add to Portfolio.
H. Career Finder
1. The Career Finder helps you narrow down a list of
hundreds of careers to only the ones matching the
characteristics you want. The Career Finder is located on the
2. Start by clicking one of the characteristics you'd like in a career.
3. To get the list of careers that match your Interest Profiler
assessment results, choose Interests under My Characteristics.
4. Then select Use Interest Profiler Results under Interest Profiler.
5. Click on See Your Matching Careers.
6. Repeat steps 3-5 for other assessments you have taken such as
Values and Basic Skills. The more characteristics used, the more
finite the list of careers.
7. Students can choose other characteristics such as Education,
Money and Outlook, Skills, and Career Facts to search for
8. Use the Shortcut Career Finder to search for careers using
just education, salary, and field of work.
I. Creating a Career Plan
1. From the Work page of Florida CHOICES Planner, choose
Career Plan Builder. You can use these plans to build an ePEP
2. Select Create a new career plan.
3. Select Start your plan now.
4. Choose one of the careers from your portfolio list and select
5. Confirm your career choice by answering questions about the
career you chose. If you are satisfied, select Save and continue.
6. You will see a list of suggested courses for you to pursue in high
school. If you are satisfied with your choice, select Save and
7. Review the educational paths and select Add for the program to
use in your plan.
8. To confirm your educational path, select Save and continue.
9. Explore the suggested schools by selecting the name of the
10. If the school interests you, select Add to your Plan.
11. Confirm the choice of your Post-Secondary School. If you are
satisfied with your choice, select Save and continue.
12. Now make some predictions on your lifestyle and then select
Save and continue.
13. Review the steps to make your Career Plan happen.
14. Answer some questions on your plan.
J. Your Portfolio
1. On the All About You page, you can move your portfolio to
another school by selecting Change schools as well as change
your personal information and your password.
2. Further down on the All About You page are the results of
your assessments and additional information. You can also record
your SCANS (necessary) skills and see those that need work in
3. On the Things You Saved page, you will find the careers and
other information you have saved after selecting the Add to
Portfolio link from the various pages in CHOICES. Careers You
Viewed Today shows careers you are exploring at the current
session, but you must add them to your portfolio for them to be
4. CHOICES also allows you to upload and store personal
documents on the Your Activities page. You could use this space
to store your resume or a presentation for a school assignment.
5. The Your Journal section is a great place to write about your
career and education plans. Teachers can read and write
comments there from the Professional Tools, also.
K. Moving and Merging Portfolios
From the Your Portfolio page, you can move your portfolio to
a new site/school when you change schools or mistakenly create
your portfolio under the wrong school. Also, if you have created
duplicate portfolios, you can merge them into one portfolio while
retaining all the information from each one.
1. On the All About You page under Your Portfolio, select
(Note: if you have a professional account, the Change schools option
will not be available on this page.)
2. Select your County and then your School from the
3. Confirm that you have selected the correct school, then
select Save and Continue.
4. If you are satisfied that you have selected the correct “New
School” (or site name), then select Yes, move my portfolio to this
5. If you have created multiple portfolios, you can merge your
duplicate portfolios by selecting the Merge Portfolios link under
Import and Merge on the Your Portfolio page.
Suggestions for Using an Identical
Login ID and Password for CHOICES and FACTS.org
Since middle school students are required to have a portfolio with www.flchoices.org
and an ePEP with www.facts.org, they typically must open two separate accounts usin
these web based systems.
Using the same login ID and password for both CHOICES and FACTS can:
• help students remember their account information
• help educators know the format required for both programs.
To achieve this goal, schools must be willing to wait until October each year to
work with CHOICES portfolios and ePEPs. Below you will find some helpful
information to assist you with this process.
FACTS.org now generates student accounts in October each year after Survey 6
(FTE) has been processed. Student login IDs and passwords are assigned at this
time. This account information is necessary to create ePEPs with students.
• A list of current FACTS.org login IDs can be obtained from the school’s guidance
counselor through the FACTS Student Activity System after October each year.
• This same login ID can also be used to create a CHOICES portfolio.
• When students log in for the first time to their FACTS account, they are prompted
to change their password.
• To use the same password for CHOICES and FACTS, the chosen password must
be 8-10 characters in length.
•Passwords can be any of the following:
• student number
• first and last initial/student number
• full birth dates
• student selected
*It is highly recommended that all students DO NOT use the same exact password.
** For further assistance contact the CHOICES or the FACTS.org office. **