Career Development Activities
There is a wealth of free resources available to help guide students through the career development process. The list provided is not exhaustive. Activities created by the MCHS Career Development Coordinator (CDC) that are normally done in the classroom setting are included while school is not meeting in the building so that students, alongside their parents, can spend time at home accessing their own personal interests, exploring potential careers, planning the education they will need to pursue their desired career, and setting some goals or earning credentials to help them prepare for that career.
To support our young people, Junior Achievement is offering online resources for free to teachers and parents at www.JA.org/Tomorrows. We are doing this so that our children can spend more timing planning for and dreaming about tomorrow, and less time worrying about today.
Both of these resources give you the option to view in English or en Espanol once you sign in.
Currently, Wake County Public Schools has purchased a Major Clarity (MC) account for high school students. Major Clarity is a resource that lets students quickly and easily try out careers through one-of-a-kind activity and video content. For that reason several of the activities listed below will use the Major Clarity platform.
College Foundation of North Carolina helps you plan, apply and pay for college. It is also a WEALTH of information when planning for a career. Several of the lessons provided with use it as a resource.
1. Learn About You
When planning a career it's always good to start with YOU! What are your interests, aptitudes, and goals in life? Planning a career is not a one size fits all process. Below are several online resources to do that.
- 16 Personalities-This site provides a “personality” (or preference) assessment that returns a 4-letter code similar to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Users will answer questions and be provided with detailed free information about their type with the option to explore all 16 types. There is a strong “Our Theory” page that describes how the assessment was created and where to go for additional information.
- Work Importance Profiler-What's important to you in a job? Discover how much you value achievement, independence, recognition, relationships, support, and working conditions in a job. Get a list of jobs that reflect your values.
- Personality Assessment Using Major Clarity
2. Explore Career Options
Other Career Research Sources
3. Make decisions and setting goals
CFNC Goal Setting Activity
Major Clarity Summer Goal Setting Activity
View the Slide Deck and Summer Goal Setting Graphic Organizer to develop goals for the summer.
4. Plan your education
This isn't just about after high school. See what courses your local high school offer that match your career interests and take them now. Don't just stop with the level 1 class. Take advanced courses too. Find out if the class offers any certifications and be sure to do what you can to earn them! They look great on resumes. Speaking of resumes, make sure you begin creating one at LEAST by your junior year of high school.
Use Major Clarity to Explore Educational Options
Life-long study skills are important. Right now it may be about your schoolwork but all careers require life-long learners. In a career it can make the difference in you being able to maintain a job and/or advance in your chosen career.
5. Prepare for your career
Become financially literate. Learn to make good choices now. You want to be able to take advantage of every opportunity you can such as job shadowing, internships, volunteer opportunities, leadership and career related workshops and practice interviews--just to name a few! See some of the specific pages related to these topics on this website.
- Skills to Pay the Bills- Developed by ODEP focused on teaching "soft" or workforce readiness skills to youth, including youth with disabilities. Created for youth development professionals as an introduction to workplace interpersonal and professional skills, the curriculum is targeted for youth ages 14 to 21 in both in-school and out-of-school environments. Focuses on six key skill areas: communication, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, networking, problem solving and critical thinking, and professionalism.
En Espana https://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/youth/softskills/index-spanish.htm