The Basics of Career Exploration for Students

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Jun 3, 2021 5:07:13 PM

From the time students are young, we ask them what they want to be when they grow up. Preparing students for a successful postsecondary career is the focus of much of K-12 education. In this article, we’ll cover:

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Topics: Jobs and Careers, Educators, College and Career Readiness Resources

How to Choose the Best Career Assessment for Your Students

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Apr 12, 2021 5:12:00 PM

The process of selecting a best-fit career assessment can be overwhelming for an educator. There are so many to choose from! Read on to find out how to choose the best assessment for your students. For more info on career assessments, be sure to visit the Texas OnCourse Academy.

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Topics: Jobs and Careers, Educators, High School

What Type of Career Paths Quiz is Right for Your Student?

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Apr 12, 2021 5:06:58 PM

A career paths quiz, or career assessment, is a tool designed to help individuals understand how personal attributes impact their potential success and satisfaction with different career options and work environments. Assessments are used to help individuals make more informed career decisions. They are often used by individuals and organizations such as universities, career counselors, outplacement companies, corporate human resources, executive coaches, and vocational rehabilitation counselors.

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Topics: Jobs and Careers, Educators, High School

Finding a Career Cluster Quiz for Your Student

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Apr 9, 2021 5:00:18 PM

In Texas, career clusters are organized into related groups to allow students to select complementary endorsements through the Foundation High School Program. Once students determine the cluster that supports their career goals and pathway, the endorsement they will earn becomes clearer. Students can determine the career cluster for them by first exploring clusters and then taking a career cluster quiz or completing an assessment or activity.

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Topics: Middle School, Jobs and Careers, Educators

Essential Workplace Skills

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Apr 9, 2021 4:43:59 PM

In today's economy, students have to show strong skills to enter the workforce. This is especially true in the United States, where industries are growing faster but creating far fewer jobs. Students need to be ready for the increasingly competitive job market. 

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Topics: Jobs and Careers, Educators, High School

What Students Should Know About Today's Job Market

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Apr 9, 2021 4:32:52 PM

Today's high school graduates face a much different economy than graduates in the past did. For example, students now face increased job competition, different skill requirements, and retirement uncertainty.

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Topics: Jobs and Careers, Educators, High School

Hosting a Virtual Career Fair for Middle and High School Students

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Apr 7, 2021 1:28:41 PM

Career fairs in middle and high school used to conjure images of gyms bustling with booths and guest speakers, swag a-plenty. In post-COVID days, educators have pivoted to hosting virtual career fairs. We talked to two Texas educators who hosted virtual career fairs with great success. Whether you’re doing yours live through Zoom, putting videos together on Flipgrid, or making a Google Site for your students, here are some tips!

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Topics: Middle School, Jobs and Careers, High School, Distance Counseling and Learning

Webinar: Understanding Statewide Programs of Study

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Mar 8, 2021 6:11:30 PM

Programs of study provide high school students with the opportunity to study their career field of interest in depth so that they are better prepared for postsecondary education and the workforce. A program of study is a comprehensive, structured approach for delivering academic and career and technical education (CTE).

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Topics: CCMR and Accountability, Jobs and Careers, Educators, High School

Webinar: Alternative Opportunities to Four-Year Degree Programs

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Jan 19, 2021 2:32:23 PM

Earning a four-year degree is not the only postsecondary path to starting a successful career. In this January 2021 webinar, we covered alternative options available to students. Topics included Texas certification programs, community college programs, technical school offerings, and innovative concepts like coding bootcamps that offer skills in high-need areas.

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Topics: Jobs and Careers, College Planning, Educators, High School

Webinar: Essential Skills for Middle School Students

Posted by Thema Reed, Texas OnCourse on Nov 16, 2020 5:00:17 PM

More and more school districts are implementing career exploration and postsecondary planning in middle school in a variety of ways. In our November 2020 webinar, we shared tips on how to incorporate college and career planning in middle school classrooms. 

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Topics: Middle School, Webinar, Jobs and Careers, Educators