Focusing on your future requires self-awareness in the present.
- Identifies personal strengths & abilities
- Understands a range of post-secondary options
- Creates an Education and Career Plan
Identifies personal strengths & abilities
- Articulates academic aptitudes based on experiences.
- Articulates areas of interest and talents and seeks opportunities in these areas.
- Understands the difference between interests/hobbies and skills/aptitudes (i.e. likes football, is proficient in algebra).
- Understands his/her personality type (i.e. introvert, extrovert) as well as working preferences (i.e. quiet, outdoors, fast-paced).
Understands a range of postsecondary options
- Matches career cluster with required level of education necessary for entry and advanced level jobs.
- Matches career cluster with postsecondary majors or programs.
- Identifies comparative pros and cons of certification, 2-year and 4-year options.
- Researches the career cluster to see if training or educational advancement can be paid for by the employer.
- Networks with professionals in the field of career interest
Creates an Education and Career Plan
- Identifies and selects 1-3 viable career options and ranks them
- Engage in work-based learning experiences
- Earns college credit and/or an industry certificate
- Participates in post-secondary institution visitations
- Takes standardized tests if required (ACT/SAT)
- Completes FAFSA and completes financial plan
- Completes postsecondary institutions or job applications on time
- Enrolls in postsecondary education or enters the workforce based on identified career interests and abilities.