Nebraska Career Development Toolkit

We believe all individuals should be empowered to choose a meaningful career and education pathway to position themselves for lifelong success.

Career Development

Career Development is the process by which individuals get to know their strengths and interests; learn how different jobs connect with those interests; explore careers in current labor markets; and build career planning and management skills to achieve career goals. (National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability)

Career development programs provide instruction and learning experiences to improve career decision-making for all students. This toolkit includes information and resources for Nebraska career development programs. Click within each section to discover and learn more.

Background information on how career development can increase student college and career readiness.


Why career development?Learn More

This section is a collection of information and considerations in planning effective career development programs.


Program PlanningLearn More


Self-awareness refers to individuals gaining the ability to identify their interests, skills and work values.

Career Exploration

Career exploration consists of learning how to identify and analyze various career options in terms of what education, training, experience and competencies are required for success.

Career Planning and Management

Knowledge of college options, entrance requirements, application processes and financial aid is vital for students and families to learn.

Nebraska Career Development Model

(Scroll and click to learn more.)

Families are always influential in career decisions and this information outlines how to keep families involved and informed.


Family EngagementLearn More

This section encourages the partnerships of schools, programs, agencies and additional stakeholders for the benefit of all students to plan and achieve college and career goals.

Transitions for all studentsLearn More

A searchable collection of lesson plans categorized by grade, NE Career Development Model domain/focus, and Nebraska Career Readiness Standards.


Lesson plansLearn More

A listing of all resources mentioned in this toolkit, grouped NE Career Development Model domain/focus.


All ResourcesLearn More

This is a Career Development Program Toolkit for:

  • Nebraska Schools including Special Education and High Ability Learners
  • Nebraska VR (Vocational Rehabilitation)
  • Together, we can form partnerships with business, industries, our communities and families to achieve systemic career development for every student.
Updated June 2, 2020 1:50pm