NE Career Development Model

The Nebraska Career Development model consists of three skill domains with component parts:


Self-Awareness skills refer to individuals gaining the ability to identify their interests, skills and work values. Self-awareness includes understanding one’s own mastery level of career readiness (employability) skills. The Nebraska Career Readiness Standards are essential for all types of careers. This enhanced self-awareness paves the way to effectively explore careers and identify personal career goals with the best fit.


Nebraska Career Readiness Standards
Nebraska Career Readiness Standards are employability skills required by business and industry.  Every person needs these transferable skills to be successful at school, at work and in life.

Career and Academic Assessment
Career and academic assessments identify strengths from a variety of perspectives to find careers that are the best-fit.

Self-Awareness Resources

Career Exploration

Career exploration skills consists of learning how to identify and analyze various career options in terms of what education, training, experience and competencies are required for success. Exploration includes learning in workplace environments or directly in workplaces to discover what it may be like to work in different occupations. It also involves learning how to evaluate how well a career matches or fits one’s own interests, skills, strengths and work values.


Nebraska Career Education
Nebraska Career Education (NCE) teaches individuals to turn their passion, talent and abilities into successful careers and fulfilling lives.

Labor Market Information
Career choices should consider talents and passions; however, the economy determines income and job openings. It is a high-risk decision to select and prepare for occupations with low projected career opportunities. Be mindful of labor market information.

Workplace Experiences
Learning in a workplace is one of the best ways to determine if a career choice is a good fit.

Career Exploration Resources

Career Planning and Management

Nearly all careers require education beyond high school. Knowledge of college options, entrance requirements, application processes and financial aid is vital for students and families to learn. Career planning and management is about identifying goals, then creating an action plan (a Personal Learning Plan) to accomplish those goals.


College and Career Options
Every student should graduate from high school plus have the tools and opportunities to acquire postsecondary education and training appropriate to their career goal.

Personal Learning Plans & Portfolios
Planning is an essential step toward accomplishing any goal.

Career Planning & Management Resources