Understanding Careers

Purpose Statement

The goal for understanding careers is to engage in the process of career exploration. This process entails investigating personal interest, skills, and work values, and using the “building blocks” of success to reach career goals. The goal of this process is to encourage creativity, technology (use of technology and technology related
careers), life‐long learning, and global opportunities.

Explore Career Options (What is out there)

Deciding what career to pursue is exciting. But because there are so many career paths it can be hard to choose. (Source: BigFuture by Collegeboard)

Career Process

Explore tools needed to Identify potential careers, learn about labor market trends, gather information about careers and match the career information with the results from self-assessment to discover career options that best fit individual needs. Understand the educational/training options necessary to pursue various careers. (Source: www.rop.santacruz.k12.ca.us)

Provide early and ongoing exposure to experiences and information necessary to make informed decisions when selecting a college or career that connects to academic preparation and future aspirations. (Source:

Identify Career Pathway

A coherent, articulated sequence of rigorous academic and career/technical courses, leading to an associate degree, baccalaureate degree and beyond, an industry recognized certificate, and/or licensure. The Career Pathway is developed, implemented, and maintained in partnership among secondary and postsecondary education, business, and employers. (Source: National
CareerPathways Network)

Understanding Technology

The path of innovation in business means doing something different, smarter or better that will make a positive difference in terms of value, quality or productivity by using emerging or proved technologies of the world. (Source: The Role of Information Technology in Business Success, May 14, 2015)

Global Possibilities View

Exposure to global careers and investigating best-practices for success in the global workplace. (Source: Columbus Council on Word Affairs, Global Scholars)

Identify Career Skill Sets

To be successful in a role you need to exhibit a mix of skills: employability skills and technical skills. (Source www.skillsyouneed.com)

Creativity ‐ the ability to perceive the world in new ways, to find hidden patterns, to make connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena, and to generate solutions. (Source: Linda Naiman Founder, Creativity at Work)

Flexibility - at work is a necessity for employees and employers, alike. Streamlined workforces, shifts in technology and a changing market are just a few reasons why flexibility is the new norm for many organizations. (Source: Americas Job Exchange)

Problem Solving ‐ The process of working through details of a problem to reach a solution. Problem solving may include mathematical or systematic operations and can be a gauge of an individual's critical thinking skills. (Source: Business Dictionary)


Grit is a distinct combination of passion, resilience, determination, and focus that allows a person to maintain the discipline and optimism to persevere in their goals even in the face of discomfort, rejection, and a lack of visible progress for years, or even decades.
(Source: afineparent.com)

Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning is the minimum requirement for success in your field. Information and knowledge on everything is increasing every day. This means that your knowledge must also increase to keep up. (Source: briantracy.com)

Lifelong learning can enhance our understanding of the world around us, provide us with more and better opportunities and improve our quality of life. (Source: www.skillsyouneed.com)