Career Development Classes

In by Paige Haberkorn

What are career development classes?

Classes or programs at school to help you plan for school and/or work after high school. Ideally, these classes…

  • Include ALL students.
  • Are offered in middle school and high school.
  • Help students explore college and career options.
  • Help you learn about and explore education and employment options after high school.
  • Are required for graduation.
  • Follow a curriculum.
  • Allow you to practice your job readiness skills.
  • Help you learn about yourself.
  • Involve guidance counselors.

Career development classes result in…

  • Learning about yourself through transition and career assessments. You can explore your interests, values, preferences, skills, and needs.
  • Becoming aware of careers and how they match your strengths.
  • Exposure to career pathways, including knowing how to prepare for these jobs.
  • Exploring STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).
  • Career exploration of different types of jobs to open up your opportunities.
  • Learning how to use internet tools to explore careers (such as Career Cruisers, O*Net).
  • Understanding the qualifications and demand for workers in certain jobs.
  • Developing skills and gaining experience and/or training you need to be competitive for careers.
  • Developing your communication skills to interact with co-workers and supervisors.
  • Learning how to manage your money (such as using credit/debit cards, bank accounts, saving, and budgeting).
  • Learning how to interact with co-workers and supervisors.
  • Understanding what employers and bosses expect of you.