Family Engagement

Research indicates:

  • Families find career development experiences to be valuable
  • Families report feeling a stronger positive regard for the school
  • Families report developing stronger relationships with their children as a result of the career development process (National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability)

Active family engagement has a direct positive influence on student college and career readiness.  Families who learn about career development are better at supporting their child in recognizing interests, strengths, assist goal setting and building a Personal Learning Plan.

What do you need to know?

Families, schools, Nebraska VR, business/industry and community stakeholders need strong working partnerships for a successful career development program.  Consistently, students rank parents/families at the top of the list for their main source of information for college and careers.  As that may be true, it is imperative that families know sources of correct information.  Use and share research based models plus current, valid, and reliable career information with families and everyone who is teaching or mentoring students. Incorrect information is harmful when making any career decisions.

Communication, teamwork, and sharing valid information needs to start early and often. Together with input from families, design system family involvement strategies throughout PreK-12+.

What do Families Want?

The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) gathered requests from over 1400 parents and families concerning career readiness for their children. Families want career information and resources.

Families want their children to have exposure to developing career readiness skills.

Career readiness skills are essential skills that apply at work, at school and at home!  Start using a common language early to develop a college and career readiness culture.  Provide parents with Nebraska Career Readiness Standards information.

Families want communication, but not too little or not too much!

Identify different avenues to provide the necessary information for families to participate in the career exploration process. Consider all communication is provided in multiple languages if necessary.  Develop a PreK-12+ plan of communication with families.  Engaged parents help assure the success of career exploration of all students.

  • Monthly newsletters, texts, blogs
  • Social Media – Facebook, Twitter
  • School website
  • Share and post valuable websites (be selective, not too many)

http://h3.ne.gov/H3/                               https://www.bls.gov/ooh

http://nebraskacommunitycolleges.org/programs/                         www.getmyfuture.com

www.nebraskacareerconnections.org

  • Create a parent webpage offering brochures, videos, webinars, helpful tips and timelines.

Families want to participate in building their child’s Personal Learning Plan (PLP). Families of youth with disabilities

Families of youth with disabilities want to have a voice to ensure the same opportunities in exploring career options and experiences in the Individual Education Plan (IEP) or Individual Pre-Employment Plan (IPE). Provide a variety of family friendly hours for virtual or in-person meetings.

  • Invite parents to be part of the registration process. Review career assessments before building a PLP and selecting classes for future years.  Inform families of all core academics, career education programs/academies, dual/college credit, honors or special programs, activities, early-college etc. so they can discuss options with their student.
  • Implement Student-Lead Parent Teacher Conferences for student to take ownership in presenting their own progress in accomplishing their Personal Learning Plan to assure they are taking the classes necessary for career and post-secondary success.
  • Create a Parent University program or workshop (virtual and/or in person) aimed at how to best support students, PLP’s and college and career readiness.
  • Offer Open-Houses or coordinate with other activities/events parents attend.
  • Consider online meetings for families who have technology capacity.
  • Connect families to EducationQuest.org for college planning services, assist with FAFSA and financial aid to higher education.
  • Inform families of students with disabilities about coordination of services for career development between general education, special education and Nebraska VR.

Families want their children to have more opportunities for exposure in real work experiences.

Inform families of workplace experiences available through school, special education, Nebraska VR and your community.

Leverage community partnership to develop a continuum of workplace experience PreK-12+ for the career development program.  Learn more at: www.nebraskaworkplaceexperiences.com

Families want support for researching all postsecondary career options including: certificates, diplomas, apprenticeships, associate degrees and bachelor’s degrees.

  • Parents want career development curriculum in schools and to be involved with college and career planning.
  • The Nebraska Career Connections website provides invaluable education and career planning resources for students and parents. Parents are able to log in to their child’s account and view assessment results.  These results identify interest, strengths and values related to careers of interest, skills and activities associated with careers and identify training and educational requirements to successfully pursue those careers.  Schools should offer instructions for how a parent can create a parent account, with or without a link to their student’s portfolio.

Inform Families:  What is Dual Credit?

  • Opportunities to achieve high school and college credit while in high school.

Inform Families:  Why Dual Credit?

  • It saves time and money. Students can reduce the duplication of courses.
  • Students are exposed to college level work which may determine future education goals and planning.
  • Opportunities for reduced rate tuition which may lower the overall cost of college education.
  • May expedite college graduation or allow for dual-majors or more in-depth course work in college.
  • Data shows dual credit students earn higher grade point averages than their peers, are more likely to graduate from high school, are more likely to attend college and more likely to return for their sophomore year of college. (Community College Research Center)

Download this brochure from: https://www.education.ne.gov/CARED/

Families of youth with disabilities want to have a voice in building their child’s personal learning plan and to assure the same opportunities in exploring career options and experiences.

These resources will help guide equity and access for students with disabilities.

General Education, Special Education, and the Nebraska VR need to collaborate with families to provide career educational experiences to students.  The opportunity to experience career based learning has been shown to increase employment success for all students. (NCWD/Youth)

All youth need the support of parents, family members and other caring adults to achieve career goals.  Additional considerations for families of students with disabilities are:

  • Understanding the disability and how it may affect education, employment and daily living options.
  • Knowledge of rights and responsibilities included in disability-related legislation.
  • Knowledge of equal access to programs, services, supports, and accommodations.
    (National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability Guideposts)

Career Exploration Resources

Career Clusters at-a-Glance

Career Ladder Posters – Nebraska Dept. of Labor

High Wage, High Demand, High Skill

The H3 website offers quick access to Nebraska’s “hot jobs”. This easy to understand labor market information is updated weekly.

Nebraska Career & Technical Student Organizations

Nebraska Career Cluster Tours

Nebraska Career Connections

Nebraska Career Education Model Posters

Career Cluster and Education Model posters in a variety of sizes.

Nebraska Reality Check

How much income do students need from a career? To help students determine income compared to desired standards of living; try Nebraska Reality Check, sponsored by EducationQuest Foundation.

NEworks

Nebraska Department of Labor website or app provides current job openings and labor market analysis facts, employment, wages and projections.

Teacher Discussion Guides for Nebraska Career Cluster Tours

Personal Learning Plans & Portfolios

Educators and family members highly value learning plans and believe that it helps students become more focused learners who complete more challenging coursework in order to reach their self-defined career and life goals. (Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy)

A Personal Learning Plan (PLP) outlines coursework and activities to accomplish career goals.

Research studies by Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy, NCWD/Youth and its partners indicate Personal Learning Plans are effective.  Students who were more engaged in PLP activities reported:

  • Stronger goal setting skills
  • Increased motivation to attend school
  • Increased self-efficacy which leads to better academic achievement, stress and health management and readiness to engage in career decision-making
  • Improved understanding of postsecondary options and long term planning
  • Improved school-family communication
  • Increased family involvement in academic/career planning
  • Increased awareness of strengths and weaknesses
  • Increased student selections of courses more relevant to career goals

What do you need to know?

Personal Learning Plans are created as part of the career development process.  Self-awareness and exploration is needed before a student can create a relevant, meaningful PLP.   The following terms are important to creating a common language:

  • A Personal Learning Plan is a planning document for academic, career & technical education, dual credit coursework, workplace learning and activities aligned to career goals.
  • A Portfolio is a collection of artifacts resulting from learning experiences of the PLP and the career development program.  Essential up-to-date documents such as PLP, resumes, applications, assessments, certifications, transcripts, examples of career readiness skills or references may be included.  An e-portfolio is helpful to being ready for new opportunities or career changes at a moment’s notice.

Career planning is an ongoing process as is education and selecting the right coursework and activities.  Personal Learning Plans are a method of planning for yearly or semester registration.  It is also a transitions planning tool for high school graduation and postsecondary entrance requirements.

A digital PLP is recommended for ease of access.  An online career information system provides career planning tools for PLP’s and e-portfolios.  Nebraska has a statewide career information system available free to individuals, schools and agencies to use:
Nebraska Career Connections

Students with disabilities will also need to plan for:

  • Benefits planning in relationship to career choices
  • Communicating their disability-related work support and accommodation needs
  • How to find and formally request supports or accommodations in education, training and employment settings
    (National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability)

PLP / Portfolio strategies for schools identified by National Collaborative for Youth:

  • Begin at least by middle school continue through to postsecondary
  • Use an online career information system for digital PLP (i.e. NebraskaCareerConnections.org )
  • Focus on the quality of career development opportunities
  • Involve all faculty and have dedicated advisory time (i.e. teachers-as-advisors program)
  • Include opportunities for family to participate
  • Employ student-led parent/teacher conferences with PLP (National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability)

PLP’s are flexible.  A student may find a career choice is not a good fit for them as they learn more about it.  If so, edit the PLP.  This is also part of learning in the career development process.  In fact, this would be an example of career development that is working!  It is best to find that right fit before it is costly in time and college tuition money by pursuing a career mismatch.

Student led parent teacher conferences is an effective strategy for schools to consider. Students prepare and lead the conference to verify goals and highlight progress on their PLP.  Family engagement is essential in the PLP process.  Coordinated planning and communication between student, home and school will surround students with a team of support to achieve their goals

Portfolios

A career portfolio of personal career information and job search documents including the PLP, resumes, references, certifications and work samples will keep one organized.   Portfolios with easy access is important to being able to apply for career opportunities in a moment’s notice, which is needed in today’s work environment.

All students benefit from career development resulting in a plan and portfolio to guide them through high school graduation and beyond to their postsecondary pathway of higher education, employment, military or entrepreneurship.

College & Career Options

Immersing a school in rich career development experiences for a wide variety of career options opens up a world of possibilities for every student. Life-long learning is necessary for long-term career success and is essential for student growth. This growth begins in elementary school and continues throughout adulthood.

What do you need to know?

Student self-confidence in their abilities to succeed after high school can be encouraged early in their education. By creating a postsecondary going culture, all students will have the necessary vocabulary and skills needed to pursue education and training confidently after high school.

Awareness of postsecondary education, training and career options doesn’t just happen, it needs to be integrated into the culture of a school.  It takes intentional school-wide planning to develop this culture at every grade level.  Through embedding college and career vocabulary, experiences and expectations into every aspect of the school, students see that planning for after high school isn’t just an option but is rather an expectation. The Nebraska Career Development Model provides the framework for school-wide planning.

Defining “college and career options to include all varieties of postsecondary education and training” is essential as students begin their career journey.  In our current economy, it is important to dispel the myth that everyone must take the same path to career success.  All options are a way to learn and gain skills.  Different career goals require different preparation.

When a student is well versed in career planning, that student can confidently pursue the most appropriate and best-fitting option to their strengths and career goals.  All postsecondary options are to be explored, including:

Entrepreneurship

Employment

On-the Job Training

Military

Certifications

Diplomas

Apprenticeships

Associate Degree

Bachelor’s Degree

Specialist’s Degree

Master’s Degree

Doctoral Degree

Workplace learning experiences bring postsecondary career options to real life.  Seeing varieties of workplaces help student’s more fully understand the plethora of options that are available. Career demonstrations, businesses tours, and introductions to entrepreneurs in business start-up environments will provide knowledge of employment, entrepreneurship and opportunities for on-the-job training.  U.S. Military has online information on career options and representatives are often willing to visit your school.

Starting in elementary grades students start to explore careers in their community.  Soon students can begin to see the impact that education has on career preparation. Higher education vocabulary is to be taught at the appropriate developmental level and should begin in kindergarten. Learning vocabulary such as transcripts, credits, GPA, tuition, admission, internship, application, certification, diploma, associate degree, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, doctorate, major and financial aid is the beginning to building awareness about all education and training options.

Campus visits are essential in developing knowledge of different career preparation at community colleges, technical colleges and 4- year colleges or universities. In elementary schools, virtual tours are a possibility. At the junior high, college visits make college a reality. EducationQuest offers the 8th Grade Campus Visit Grant, which provides $500 to schools to facilitate a college visit experience. The campus visit is an influential factor in promoting college attendance. A campus visit each year of high school is highly recommended.

College and career celebrations build a postsecondary-going culture in all schools. College/Career Days can be celebrated with all faculty and staff sharing their college and career preparation stories. Trivia contests about college knowledge peeks the interest of students, especially when donated prizes from various postsecondary campuses are given away. Teachers wearing college gear and demonstrating career skills learned, helps keep the conversation alive. Signs outside of every teacher’s door, which showcase the degrees earned at each institution, help to bring the postsecondary options and planning conversation into the classroom.

EducationQuest, a non-profit organization with a mission to improve access to higher education in Nebraska, offers free college planning services, outreach services, need-based scholarship programs and college access grants. EducationQuest offers a variety of resources to help schools create a college-going culture and educate families about the financial aid process.

EducationQuest sponsors the annual Apply2College campaign in which Nebraska high schools conduct events during the school day to help seniors complete college applications.

Teaching the four types of financial aid as early as middle school and junior high teaches students the vocabulary needed to navigate scholarship applications and the FAFSA. Students need to learn early about scholarships and the opportunities available to help make college a reality for all students including students with disabilities.

Look2College provides 6th grade students with considerations to help them get on the path to college to prepare for career choices.

KnowHow2GO promotes four steps 8th-10th grade students should follow to make college possible in career preparation.

College Prep Handbook College and Career exploration information for 11th and 12th graders.

College Planning for Students with Disabilities provides a supplement to the college prep handbook.

Workplace Experiences

What do you need to know?

Education does not only occur within the walls of the typical classroom or laboratory.  A well-run school utilizes the extended campus of community including business and industry.  Quality workplace experiences enable the school to effectively partner with the community to enhance the educational experiences of students.  Workplace Experiences in authentic work settings are encouraged at all levels of education, Pre-K through 12 and beyond.

Work experience is widely recognized to promote improved employment outcomes for disadvantaged youth. Yet, youth with disabilities have disproportionately low access to work experience in comparison to youth without disabilities. This is particularly troublesome given that paid employment and work experience is only one of four evidence-based predictors of success in post-secondary education, employment, and independent living for youth with disabilities. Nebraska Career Education (NCE) and career development is inclusive of all students.

The Nebraska Workplace Experiences Continuum

The Nebraska Workplace Experiences Continuum illustrates how learning experiences become more focused as a student progresses through their education.  The Nebraska Workplace Experiences Continuum is organized into three levels of strategies and can be found at www.nebraskaworkplaceexperiences.com:

Work Awareness Strategies acquaint students with the world of work and potential career options available. These are usually school-based instructional assignments but should also encourage the student to explore careers in their local and regional communities.

Work Exploration Strategies deepen a student’s experiences with workplaces through contextual settings. These strategies connect the student with workers and workplaces through carefully designed interactions.

Work-Based Learning Strategies provide actual supervised on-the-job experiences for students to continue to develop their academic, technical and career readiness skills.

Quality Workplace Experiences have:

  • A focus on applied learning in preparation for postsecondary education and careers
  • Learning outcomes as the driver for designing experiences and learning plans
  • Relevance to student interests, their plan of study and learning goals
  • Integration with curriculum or connection to related instruction
  • Sufficient variety to provide exposure to multiple career options
  • Sufficient depth to allow for employability skill development
  • Ongoing interaction with professionals from industry and the community
  • Close supervision from both teachers and employers
  • Opportunities for reflection and analysis
  • Assessment of student learning that is aligned with industry-specific expectations
  • Alignment with postsecondary and career opportunities regionally
  • Documentation of student learning through the development of artifacts and portfolios

Experience virtual industry tours that provide a unique opportunity to get a glimpse inside Nebraska-based industries without leaving your home or classroom: Nebraska Career Clusters

Labor Market Information

What is Labor Market Information (LMI)?

The Nebraska Department of Labor (NDOL) collects and disseminates information about employment levels and trends, wages and earning, estimates of labor availability, industrial and occupational projections, business staffing patterns, career planning information and labor force demographics. This data is used to describe a local area’s economic picture which impacts social, fiscal, technological and economic policies, employer hiring and other business decisions, allocation of funds by policy makers, individual career choices and educational programs.

What do you need to know?

Labor Market information provides:

  • Education and training requirements
  • Projected job opportunities
  • Wage information

Up-to-date labor market information about occupations, training requirements and wages is crucial in order to make important life decisions about career goals. Labor market information is based on data gathered directly from employers, business and industry. The cost of time and education compared to the amount of entry wages is a big consideration before making decisions.  Labor market information can help provide reasonable expectations of job openings and wages when entering work.

Career goals fall short if there are no job opportunities. During the career development process, individuals need to consider the labor market. The reality is, sometimes career dreams and goals may need to be modified to fit the economy and labor market demand.

Resources of Nebraska Labor Market Information

To provide our state with current, valid and reliable labor market and career information these resources are available across Nebraska at no charge to the school, agency or individual user:

The H3 website offers quick access to Nebraska’s “hot jobs”. This easy to understand labor market information is updated weekly.

Nebraska Department of Labor website or app provides current job openings and labor market analysis facts, employment, wages and projections. For more information, visit: NE Works

How much income do students need from a career? To help students determine income compared to desired standards of living; try Nebraska Reality Check, sponsored by EducationQuest Foundation. Nebraska Reality check utilizes Nebraska Labor Market Information.

Labor market information for Nebraska and nationwide is within this online comprehensive career information system. Additionally, it includes valuable tools for all phases of career awareness, exploration, planning and management including PLP and portfolio development for student and adult use. For more information, visit: Nebraska Career Connections

Career ladder posters demonstrate a career path that could be pursued to acquire a high-skill, high-paying occupation with growth potential in Nebraska. Each poster focuses on twelve in- demand occupations within a specific career cluster.

For NE LMI posters and publications, visit: NE Works Publications

Nebraska Career Education

What do you need to know?

Nebraska Career Education is world-class education engaging individuals in high quality, rigorous and relevant instruction, enhanced with business and industry, workforce and economic development partnerships.

Excellent career exploration is to enroll in Career & Technical Education (CTE) Programs of Study aligned to career interest. CTE offers contextualized, project based, hands-on experiential learning. It is a direct way to learn career skills in a wide variety of post-secondary options and workplaces. All students benefit  with career preparation.

NCE/CTE has coordinating materials and curriculum for both career development and career preparation.  Collaborate with local and state career educators to create a system of career readiness in your community and across our state!

Career Technical Student Organizations (CTSO)

CTSOs are a direct extension of the CTE classroom Program of Study. Students in CTSOs apply classroom learning to real-world experiences in different career clusters, they are not clubs. CTSOs are connected to middle school, high school and postsecondary instructional programs and are integral to the classroom. Student involvement focuses on building career and leadership skills and provides competitive events to demonstrate skills they have achieved at local, state, and national levels. CTSOs are available in Nebraska schools spanning the entire state. Learn more at  https://www.education.ne.gov/nce/career-technical-student-organizations-ctsos/.

Recommended NCE/CTE Resources

The Nebraska Career Education Model represents academic and career preparation for all students.

Download Models

Nebraska Career Connections is a comprehensive online career planning system with information and tools to use for the entire career development process. It is free and available to all Nebraskans at: www.nebraskacareerconnections.org

CTE Programs of Study turn education into a relevant, active, real-life activity! A Program of Study is a structured approach to deliver academic CTE courses and activities to prepare students for postsecondary education and career success. Nebraska businesses and industries are active partners to assure courses, standards and activities are current with today’s workplace. Where possible, dual-credit is included toward postsecondary degrees and certifications. Programs of Study are found at:  http://cestandards.education.ne.gov

Career & Academic Assessments

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

What do you need to know?

Career and academic assessments help students to consider aptitudes, achievement and verify career interests, career skills or work values. It is one way to increase self-awareness at different times in the career development process. Results of assessments provide a set of information to consider while exploring careers, making career decisions and creating a Personal Learning Plan (PLP).

The career development process involves continuous evaluation of academic and career maturity while focusing on strengths and a growth mindset.  Academic achievement testing is already built into the education system.  Academic test results are a factor in career decision-making.  All Nebraska 11th graders take the ACT which also serves as a postsecondary entrance requirement for many college options.  Career assessments are sometimes over-looked, but are most helpful to reveling student interests, strengths and preferences.  The goal is to find themes or similar patterns of results in a collection of career assessments over time.  Consistent results over time are strong indicators of a good fit for career and college selections.

There are two main groups of career assessments:

Just as high quality academic assessments are supported by research, the same high quality is important for formal career assessments.  Formal standardized career assessments have technical manuals of identified norm groups, participant numbers, rating levels of validity and reliability data.  Most career assessments are created to support and verify a certain career development theory.  Some popular assessments affirm a career theory by aligning relationships between occupations and personality types, aptitudes, personal strengths, interests, skills and/or work values.  Typically, formal career assessments are designed for students beginning in the middle school years and throughout adulthood.

Formal assessments can be an added expense to the school budget and to individual students of low-income families.  To help with costs, Nebraska Career Connections (NCC), is available at no additional cost to schools and individual users statewide in Nebraska.  NCC includes formal research based assessments to help identify interests, skills and work values.  This online career planning system is valuable as it improves equity and access to all people in NE to get essential, quality resources for a career development program including assessments.

Another valid, reliable, formal career assessment available free to everyone is ASVAB: Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery.  Test materials, administration and results interpretation is provided as a free service from the U.S. military.

Informal assessments may include thought provoking questions, discussions, visuals, checklists, sets of characteristics or groupings of skills or work concepts students will consider.  When presented with informal assessments, students typically identify characteristics they like or dislike or find exemplars they identify with or reject as not being like themselves.  Informal assessments help career self-awareness and exploration.  Informal assessments do not meet reliability and validity requirements like formal assessments.  However, effective self-reflection can offer a valuable approach to discover preferences, identifying priorities and add clarity to goals.  Informal career assessments are used throughout PreK-12 and exclusively in the elementary grades.

Now, another part of the story...

While there is no doubt career assessments are an important feature of quality career development programs, they are only one category of career information for making decisions. It is true, formal  and informal assessments help students to verify self-awareness characteristics and focus career exploration. However, we offer a word of caution about a career assessment mentality boiled down to, “test them and tell them.” Never jump to the conclusion that one assessment will tell a student exactly what to do. The best practice, just like academics tests, is multiple measures over time.

All assessment results require interpretation. It is essential the assessment taker understands what the results do and do not indicate. There must be an intentional plan for effective interpretation of results of each assessment for each student. Without results interpretation from a knowledgeable career counseling/educator professional, incorrect conclusions may be made, which can be harmful to the student.

A variety of career assessments are available for a fee.
A resource which includes details on a variety of assessments is a current edition of:  ‘A Counselors’ Guide to Career assessment Instruments’, Wood, C. & Hays, D.G. (2013).

NE Career Development Model

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

Self-Awareness

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.


Components

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.


Components

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.


Components

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

Welcome to the 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 Toolkit

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.

Components of the Nebraska Career Development Toolkit

Self-Awareness

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.

Career Development Model

(mouse over each domain to learn more)

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

 

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

 

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

 

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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.

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

 

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

 

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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.