Techniques Magazine Techniques February 2011 : Page 8

C LASSROOM C ONNEC t ION Career Development Planning: Getting Students on the Right Track tional preparation to obtain a well-paying job. Each one of these scenarios can lead to disappointment and/or frustration in the future, not to mention financial chal-lenges. In many instances, students con -tinue to flounder, dabbling in careers that lead to dissatisfaction. It is important that parents and school staff assist students to discover their strengths and propensities to set them on a path moving in the right course for a desired career. Linking People to the right Careers Career and technical education (CTE) classes provide the impetus to direct students to an appropriate career. Enroll -ment in CTE programs grant students the opportunity to obtain a head start on developing their careers compared to students who are not enrolled in CTE programs. The Association for Career and Technical Education in the recent paper, “What is Career Ready?” (2010), expounded on what it means for students to be equipped for a profession. “Career readiness includes core aca -demic skills and the ability to apply those skills to concrete situations in order to function in the workplace and in routine daily activities, employability skills es -sential in any career area, such as critical thinking and responsibility, and techni -cal, job-specific skills related to a specific career pathway.” This statement summarizes the goal parents and educators should have for every student. PHOTO by ISTOCk.COM By Jacqueline M. Holland CAREER DEVELOpMENt IS DEFINED AS “tHE pROCESS of establishing career objectives and determining ap-propriate educational and developmental programs to further develop the skills required to achieve short-or long-term career objectives,” according to HR Man-agement. BusinessDictionary.com notes that career development also includes identifying “marketable skills, strengths and weaknesses, etc., as a part of one’s ca -reer management.” Assisting students in developing a career path is often missing within our schools. Many students gradu -ate from high school without a plan for their future careers; others possess a defi-nite plan, but as they pursue it, they real -ize it does not support their interests and aptitudes. To continue, countless others focus on a subject area that requires addi-The Career Planning Process The process of career planning should begin formally in middle school. Both parents and guidance counselors play www.acteonline.org 8 Techniques Februar y 2011

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