Hello, Educators & Parents!
Whether your students know what kind of work they want to pursue or are still unsure, with career exploration resources, you and your students can find the latest information on occupations.
Workforce Solutions’ Career Exploration webpage includes “When I Grow Up” lessons that specify TEKS guidelines/objectives, instructional directions, learning outcomes, materials you’ll need, and modifications and extensions. The curriculum uses fun and exciting activities to expose young people to a variety of high-skill, high-growth career possibilities and important labor market information.
The curriculum can be used in conjunction with your school’s career day or done in the classroom.
Check out these four online resources as well that students can use to help them plan their future:
- Texas Reality Check. It’s difficult to predict the future, but it’s never too early to start planning for it. Texas Reality Check will show you how much your living expenses will cost, and the amount of money you will need to earn to pay for them.
- My Next Move is an interactive tool for job seekers and students to learn more about their career options. The site has tasks, skills, salary information, and more for over 900 different careers. Users can find careers through keyword search; by browsing industries that employ different types of workers; or through the O*Net Interest Profiler, a tool that offers personalized career suggestions based on a person’s interests and level of work experience.
- Get My Future is a one-stop mobile-ready website to help ages 16-24 explore careers, learn about education and training options, and find, apply for, and keep employment.
- (Texas Education Agency) TEA’s Graduation Toolkit provides details about the Foundation High School Program, benefits, and explanation of the Distinguished Level of achievement option, endorsement choices, checklists, and resources.
We hope that these resources will make it easier for you to prepare and conduct career education activities and to guide your students with fulfilling their career goals.
Josie Toth is a Regional Facilitator for Workforce Solutions. She conducts job search skills and career exploration classes throughout the 13-county Houston-Galveston region. She has completed her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, English, and is currently a member of Spring ISD CTE. Josie enjoys encouraging others in their pursuit of meaningful work and envisions a world where all workers earn a livable wage in the money economy.