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Introduction to Alis Guides

Alis guides bring pages from across the website into a single, focused list, letting you track your progress as you plan your career, explore education options, or look for work. Learn how to use, create, and share these guides on alis.

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What is an alis guide?

An alis guide is a list of content related to a certain topic. You can save a guide to your account. Saving it lets you track your progress through the guide. 

Browse alis guides

Why would you use an alis guide?

Alis offers guides to help you navigate different stages of your career planning journey.

For each stage, you need different information to help you make good career decisions. Some stages include many steps that you may need to take. They need more than one article or resource to help you fully understand key concepts. A guide shows you which page to start on and where you should go next.

Who can use an alis guide?

Anyone who visits alis can use a guide.

You do not need to sign up for an alis account to use a guide. But having an account lets you keep track of your progress for more than 30 days. It also allows you to see and update your progress across all your devices.

Guest accounts can only save information for a limited amount of time. You won’t be able to see your progress on different devices. Your information may be erased depending on the settings of the browser or device you use.

Find the guides you’ve saved in the My Guides dashboard.

How do you use an alis guide?

Find an alis guide

  • Visit the Guides page to see all the official guides available from alis. Other people can also create custom guides and share them with you as a link.
  • Click or tap on the title of the guide. This will take you to the guide’s start page.
  • Read the description, where available, to find out what the guide can help you with.
  • Scroll down to see the alis pages that you’ll visit as you go through the guide.
  • To save the guide for later, click or tap the Save to My Account button.

Track your progress

  • Click or tap the title of the page you want to go to first. You can start with any title on the list. You don’t have to start with the first one.
  • While you are using the guide, you’ll see 2 yellow bars at the top and bottom of the screen.
  • Finish what you need to do on the page (for example: read, watch a video, fill in the worksheet, complete the quiz).
  • When your task is done, click or tap the Mark as Complete button on the bottom yellow bar.
  • Check the progress bar on the top yellow bar to see how many items you’ve completed.

Navigate the guide

  • To return to the guide’s start page, click or tap on the guide name on the top yellow bar.
  • To move through the guide, use the Previous and Next buttons on the bottom yellow bar.
  • To see the list of items included in the guide, click or tap on View Guide Contents.

How do you get back to a guide you were working on?

If you do not see yellow bars at the top and bottom of the screen, it means you’re not in the guide anymore. You won’t have the option to mark an item as complete. That’s ok.

You can return to a guide you’re working on via your account dashboard:

  • Go to My Guides. All of the guides that you’ve created, saved, or already made progress on will be found here.
  • Find the guide you want to return to.
  • Browse the list under the guide name. Click or tap Show More to see the whole list.
  • When you find the page you need to complete, click or tap in the circle to the left of the name. A check mark will appear and mark the item as complete.

Can you create your own guide?

Yes. Besides using the alis guides that we’ve prepared, you can create your own custom guide. See the instructions for creating a custom guide.

Every guide you create is automatically saved for you in the My Guides dashboard.

Can you create a guide for someone else?

Yes. If you are helping another person with their career journey, you can create a custom guide that is specific to their situation. Once you create a guide, you can share it with anyone. See the instructions for sharing a guide.

Here are some examples of people who might create a guide for someone else:

  • Teachers can create guides for their students.
  • Career development professionals can create guides for their clients.
  • Parents and guardians can create guides for their children.
  • Anyone can create guides for their friends.

Every guide you create is automatically saved for you in the My Guides dashboard.

How do you create a custom alis guide?

There are 2 ways to create a custom alis guide.

Use the Add icon at the top of every page

  • Go to the alis page you want to add.
  • Click or tap on the Add (+) icon at the top of the page.
  • Click or tap the Create New Guide button.
  • Enter a nickname for your guide.
  • Complete the reCAPTCHA prompt.
  • Click or tap the Create Guide button.

Create a guide from your dashboard

  • Go to the My Guides tab in your alis account dashboard.
  • Click or tap the Create a Guide button.
  • Enter a nickname for your guide.
  • Complete the reCAPTCHA prompt.
  • Click or tap the Create Guide button.

How do you share a guide?

You can share any guide, whether it’s alis-created, one that you created, or one that someone shared with you. There are several ways to share a guide.

Use the social media icons

  • Go to the guide’s start page.
  • Click or tap the social media icons on the start page.

Use the sharing link

  • Go to the guide’s start page.
  • Scroll past the list of items until you see Share this guide.
  • Click or tap on Copy Link. This will copy the URL of this guide.
  • Paste the copied URL into an email or message to send.

Use the URL at the top of the browser

  • Go to the guide’s start page.
  • Select the entire URL at the top of your browser.
  • Copy the URL.
  • Paste the copied URL into an email or message to send.

How do you edit a guide?

You can only edit a custom guide that you have created. You cannot edit a guide that someone else has created.

  • Go to the My Guides tab in your alis account dashboard.
  • Scroll down to the My Guides section to find the guide you want to edit.
  • Click or tap the Edit icon.

In the Edit page, you can:

  • Change the nickname of your guide.
  • Reorder the list of items:
    • Click or tap on the name of an item.
    • Drag it to its new place in the list.
  • Add a page to your guide:
    • In a different browser tab, go to the alis page you want to add.
    • Copy the URL of the page.
    • Return to the Edit page.
    • Paste the URL into the Add a Page to Your Custom Guide box.
    • Click or tap the Add Page button.
  • Share your guide with anyone:
    • Click or tap Copy Link. This will copy the URL of this guide.
    • Paste the copied URL into an email or message to send.

After you finish making changes, click or tap the Save Guide button to save your changes.

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