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Career paths provide a plan for ALL students, regardless of their interest, abilities, talents, or desired levels of education.  With career paths ALL students will have areas of FOCUS, along with flexibility and a variety of ideas to pursue a they make decisions regarding course selection through career paths, ALL students will see a relevance to their selected school courses.  Thus, students are more apt to do well in school.

What are career paths?

  1. Career paths are clusters of occupations and careers that are grouped together because many of the people in them share similar interests and strengths.
  2. All paths include a variety of occupations that require different levels of education and training.
  3. Career paths provide students with an area of focus, along with flexibility among many options and a variety of ideas to pursue.

What steps are involved in choosing a career path?

  1. Identify your interests, abilities and talents.
  2. Consider the possible careers in each path in relationship to those interests, abilities and talents. 
  3. Decide which career path seems to fit you best.
  4. Select courses that are related to the career path you have chosen

How can parents and other interested adults help?

  1. Help students identify interests, abilities and talents by discussing strengths with them.
  2. Share information about careers and work experiences.
  3. Arrange for students to talk with people about careers that are of interest.

What if students change their minds?

  1. A career path choice is not a permanent commitment.
  2. As students have new experiences, they will learn new things about themselves and may change career paths.
  3. If a student decides on a new career path, he or she can discuss it with a counselor and adjust future course selections accordingly.

http://dese.mo.gov/sites/default/files/career-clusters-booklet.pdf  

 

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