Career Exploration

Career Counseling provides students with the knowledge, skills and resources to explore career pathways that will lead them to a life of learning, fostering economic independence and social responsibility in the twenty-first century. Of utmost importance is educating each student in developing unique post-secondary plans that fulfill individual potential and interests. Post-secondary opportunities include military careers, trade schools, apprenticeships, universities, community colleges, industry certifications, and the workforce.


Formal lessons begin at the secondary level with the counseling staff and teachers allowing students the opportunity to explore careers and begin to identify where their interests and skills may be.


Grade 6: Students begin to understand how different careers can be categorized into pathways. They also begin to explore their own interests, abilities, and skills and how those may fit with different careers.


Grade 7: Students begin to research career pathways and set up a career exploration portfolio on the Bridges website. Students begin to consider elective exploration as choices begin to expand as they plan for their move to the junior high school.


Grade 8: Students continue to explore interests and career options. Research includes training and skills necessary for different careers and potential earning power.


Grade 9: Students continue career exploration. This takes a more personal view with Future Ready Day with a variety of community members sharing about their careers and paths they took in their journey to this point. Planning for the transition to the high school includes many more elective options that students have previously has and connection to student interests and exploration is emphasized.


Grade 10: Students explore the work values sorter on the Bridges platform to begin to better understand how different careers might fit their own work styles and preferences. Students also take a skills inventory and match that to potential career areas. Students examine carefully their emerging preferences for potential career areas and consider how their elective and core content class choices will impact opportunities. Students engage in Table Top conversations with parents about the results from their PLAN exam, detailing skills and areas of interest.


Grade 11: Students use the Bridges program to research specific careers they are considering and evaluate the viability of their emerging plan to realize a career in these areas will require. Visits happen to post secondary training or education sites. Table Top conversations with parents focus on the exploration of options and beginning to identify what will be within a family's financial reach. Resources detailing scholarships and aid options are provided to students.


Grade 12: Students continue with lessons and experiences to ensure they are well prepared for their next steps past high school.

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