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Career Education

Motivating students to work hard in school can be challenging. Students do not always make the connection between school assignments today and the work world tomorrow. Working with students in the classroom can be a great opportunity to change their outlook on their education and how it impacts their future. Using a few of the following techniques to promote career education within a classroom can produce prolific readers and inquisitive researchers.

1.Understand the level of students that you are introducing to career education. If working with younger students, you will want to start by providing career awareness information. Career awareness will give students an overall view of jobs in order to peak their interests. If you working with more mature students, start by providing guest speakers in a variety of interesting jobs to share their career with your class.

2.Use an interest inventory to find out what the students enjoy doing in their free time. Whether students use their free time to play sports or to play video games, it is important to know what they are willing to spend hours of time perfecting.

3.Take the information obtained from the interest inventory to direct the students toward career clusters.

4.Explain the six career clusters thoroughly. These clusters include: Agriculture Science & Natural Resources; Communications & the Arts; Business & Marketing; Engineering & Manufacturing; Health & Human Services; Information Technology; and Careers in Radiology.

5.After the students understand about career clusters, provide information on the career pathways. Career pathways open the door to the various job types. Students usually begin to understand how the world of work connects during this stage in career education.

6.The student interest inventory now should be compared to the new information that the students have learned about careers. Help students to identify which career cluster that their interests lead them.

7.Encourage students to dream. There are no wrong career choices for the students! If you can pique the interests of students, they will eventually decide on a career path.

8.Next, provide a dangling carrot by having the students to research salary ranges, job outlooks, career projections, and education requirements. As they research the education requirements and other pertinent information, it will help them narrow their options.

By using these techniques to teach career education and by providing numerous books, articles and magazines on careers, you will be giving students an opportunity to explore their future. Students with a vision usually become more motivated in reaching their goals for the future.

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