Develop skills to locate, evaluate and interpret career information
Use taking The Career Key® as an example of one way to locate information about the careers they are considering. Discuss other methods of doing this.
Discuss how to evaluate the career information found using The Career Key.
Purchase a license to print multiple copies of the paper-pencil version of The Career Key® (English or Spanish) at the Career Key Store for the activities above.
Review the methods recommended in "Learn More about the Jobs that Interest Me".
What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?
How would you do each in your own life?
How would you evaluate the information you received?
Learn about the variety of traditional and nontraditional occupations Students:
Download and print this 2-page copy of the Foundation Skills at the first page of this module. Counselors or educators may make multiple copies to distribute for nonprofit purposes.
Rate the extent to which they have the three Personal Qualities, particularly "Self-Management," and discuss their importance.
Describe, in writing, a personal experience that either (a) shows how they "set specific, realistic goals, and monitored their progress toward them," or (b) how they would have benefited if they had done this.
Develop and implement a plan for strengthening their self-management abilities; discuss progress and results in class.
Understand the importance of planning
Read Decision Making Process and discuss what it says under "Plans" about two questions to which "you will want to be able to answer "Yes".
Pursue and develop competency in areas of interest
Develop hobbies and vocational interests
Balance between work and leisure
Take The Career Key to identify their areas of interests (the two or three Holland personality types for which they receive the highest scores) and then discuss how they might develop their areas of interest, develop areas of knowledge and skills in these areas.
Do information interviews with people who have hobbies and/or careers that sound interesting. Ask these people how they balance their work and leisure time. Report on interviews in class.