Career Interest exams CFNC.org (one stop shop for career and college exploration here in NC) PLAN exam from sophomore year: All students received copies in December 2015 during counseling meetings to review results, online research tools to further your exploration. ASVAB: Once you take the exam at school it also has a career assessment along with online research tools to further your exploration.
Take electives in high school that match your interests
Electives such as art, business, construction, drafting, computer engineering, etc. that can be taken here face to face, online, or at CFCC.
Interview those in the field
Using your contacts have your students speak to individual in the field they are interested in pursuing to hear first hand the pros and cons of their position.
Job shadowing during school breaks
Using your contacts or just calling places of employment set up a ½ day job shadowing experience for your student, “on the job experience is eye opening for students”.
Most businesses aside from privacy concerns are very open to students who want to job shadow and welcome them to come in and learn what they do on a daily basis.
Summer Exploration programs As mentioned earlier summer enrichment programs are a great way for students not only to explore potential colleges, but programs to study, and possible careers. Most colleges offer summer programs in different areas so review their websites for more information. There are also national/international opportunities for families to research as well such as health/political symposiums
Part-time jobs Working a part-time job in retail, food, office assistant, or hand on fields, are not only a great experience for kids if their hours are balanced, but they can also lead to career ideas.
Volunteering Similar to working-part-time, if a student is struggling to gain employment they may be able to volunteer at certain business they they are interested in working at whcih may lead to employment. Also, students may be able to volunteer in places that can’t hire high schoolers.
Benefits of Career Exploration in High School
Graduating high school with a plan or multiple plans
Students should have backup plans as well
Entering college or a post-secondary program with a path to follow
Knowing what classes they need to take, and the grades they must maintain
Decreases the amount of major’s a student may change
Can use college electives to enhance their college major
Potential cost savings due to having a plan to stick to, not changing majors, and/or going to the correct school/program right away.
Looking at future career projections to pick a viable career path
Finishing their post-secondary education in a timely manner and jumping into the workforce doing what they are excited to do.