Exploring Career Paths & Career Clusters
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 as 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?
- Career paths are clusters of occupations and careers that are grouped together because many of the people in them share similar interests and strengths.
- All paths include a variety of occupations that require different levels of education and training.
- 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?
- Identify your interests, abilities, and talents.
- Consider the possible careers in each path in relation to those interests, abilities, and talents.
- Decide which career path seems to fit you best.
- Select courses that are related to the career path you have chosen
How can parents and other interested adults help?
- Help students identify interests, abilities, and talents by discussing strengths with them.
- Share information about careers and work experiences.
- Arrange for students to talk with people about careers that are of interest.
What if students change their minds?
- A career path choice is not a permanent commitment.
- As students have new experiences, they will learn new things about themselves and may change career paths.
- If a student decides on a new career path, he or she can discuss it with a counselor and adjust future course selections accordingly.