NE Career Development Model

Career Development


The process by which individuals get tto 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.1

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
  • Career and Academic Assessment

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
  • Labor Market Information
  • Workplace Experiences

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
  • Personal Learning Plans & Portfolios