A Great Career? Success? Career Clusters and Programs of Study will! Luck Won’t Do It.
What is Success? What does success look like? Nice House? Fancy Car? Family? Travel?
How Does Success Happen?How will you become successful? Win the Lottery? Marry into a rich family? Be Discovered?
First! Figure out what is important to you: • Interests • Values • Skills • What kind of people do you like to hang out with? Your “Passions”
NextFind your “Passion” in yourJob Choice – Yes “Choice” Match your interests and strengths (your passions)… …to jobs that are in demand and pay a good wage.
Use Career Clusters &Programs of Study in • Career Clusters organize jobs by SKILLS needed and by INTEREST! • AchieveTexas is a Texas education initiative designed to prepare students for a lifetime of success using Career Clusters.
AchieveTexas is a Texas Education Agency initiative designed to help students (and their parents) make wise education choices. • It is based on the belief that the curricula of the 21st century should combine rigorous academics with relevant career education.
When schools integrate academic and technical education, students can see the “usefulness” of what they are learning. • The system also facilitates a seamless transition from high school to college-COLLEGE READINESS.
Career Clusters There are 16 federally defined Career Clusters in the States’ Career Clusters initiative and in AchieveTexas
How does this all work?? OK – say….. you like: • Doing stuff outside • Math and life science • Working with your hands • Hunting • Adventure You’re not sure??? COMPLETE A CAREER INTEREST INVENTORY USE CAREER CRUISING!
Career Cruising Can HELP! • Career Cruising is an industry-leading online career guidance and planning system • People of all ages use Career Cruising to find the right career, explore education and training options, and build their own portfolio.
First you complete the Matchmaker assessment (Career Inventory) Second complete the My Skills assessment Third select a suggested Career Cluster in Finally, select a suggested Career/Program of Study Career Cruising Activities
Career/Program of Study Initiative A Uniquely Texas
How do some of these jobs look? Cluster: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
How about building stuff? Cluster: Architecture & Construction
Or – finding out “How” & “Why”? Cluster: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math
Or, maybe you like…$$$ Cluster: Finance
Or CSI in the “Law” Cluster? Cluster: Law & Public Safety
OK You researched and finally decided!!! Becoming a Police Detective is what you would like to do!!! How to get there??
How to GET where you want to GO?Find your Career Cluster& Program of Studyunder A Program of Study gives you: • More occupations to think about • Classes to prepare you • Other learning opportunities • Postsecondary programs to consider
What is Your Program of Study? • Log-on to • Locate your cluster and Program of Study • You will see classes 9th grade through entering the job market • Academic Skills • Math, Science, Communication • Also • Career & Technical Education Classes • Computer Classes • Dual Credit/AP Classes
A “Program of Study”,that you use as a guide and personalize, keeps doors open to the world.
WHY? Here’s what happens… (when you don’t have a program of study) Look at these real statistics…
Meet Andrea, Age 22 -A Retail Clerk • Andrea did not create a Program of Study and did not know about career clusters • Andrea only took keyboarding in middle school • Andrea has not attended college, she is not sure what she wants to be • Andrea likes the work, but not the pay
Meet John, Age 21 – A Car Wash Attendant • John did not create a Program of Study and select a career cluster • John took some career and technical education courses in high school • John enrolled in college but is undecided about a career • John doesn’t like the work or the pay
Do You Get It? You have to: “figure it out!” “plan it out!” Career Clusters/Program of Study “go for it!” and “Get it Done”.
Let’s meet some more people… …People who had high school “Programs of Study”
Meet Tom, Age 22 – Diesel Mechanic • Tom Created a Program of Study and selected a career cluster • Tom knew what courses to take in high school • Tom took Diesel Technology in high school. He liked the class, received a diesel mechanics certification in high school and participated in an internship • Tom went to 2 year technical college. • Tom was hired fulltime with benefits where he completed the high school internship.
Meet Jody, Age 22 –Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) • Jody created a Program of Study and selected a career cluster • Jody took Health Science and Technology courses in high school • Jody received her Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification in high school and completed all her clinical rotations in high school • According to her Program of Study, Jody went on to complete 2 years of college and received an Associates Degree and her LVN certification while working at a nursing home as a CNA. • Jody enjoys working fulltime with benefits at local healthcare facility.
Meet Phil, Age 22 – Hospital Administrator • Phil Created a Program of Study and selected a career cluster • Phil knew what courses to take in high school • Phil took finance, accounting, marketing, and medical terminology classes in high school. • Phil participated in work-based learning and completed internships in high school and had a part time job in a local business. • Phil Completed a college degree in Business Administration.
Professional– 4 or more yrs of college. Skilled: less than 4 years of college Unskilled On-The-Job or short training.
Let’s look at examples of Jobs Unskilled Annual Salary Food Service $15,592 – $28,489 Receptionist $17,330 – $28,414 Truck Driver $25,115 – $45,927 Construction Laborer $17,947 – $26,553 Retail Clerk $15,609 – $26,673 Economic Base Analysis -TX Workforce Wage Information Networkhttp://www.texasindustryprofiles.com/