Exploring Careers Curriculum

Exploring Careers is a process that involves students, parents, teachers, counselors, and the community. The goal is to help students make good decisions about themselves and their future. The process includes helping students develop and implement an individual career development plan. 

Exploring Career Decisions (6-8) include competencies in leadership development, critical and creative thinking, decision-making, problem-solving, teamwork and technology, as well as opportunities for the application of skills. The courses are based on the National Career Development Guidelines and focus on the North Carolina identified career pathways.

The curriculum is designed to help students understand the lifelong, sequential process of determining self and career identity. Students will have opportunities to learn how to make good decisions about education, work, and life roles; how to secure employment; and how to succeed in a rapidly changing world of work.

The curriculum enables students to:

1. Analyze the influence of a positive self-concept.

2. Apply positive interaction skills.

3. Evaluate the impact of growth and development.

4. Analyze the relationship between educational achievement and

career planning.

5. Analyze the need for positive attitudes toward work and learning.

6. Apply skills to locate, evaluate, and interpret career information.

7. Apply skills to prepare to seek, obtain, maintain, and change jobs.

8. Determine how societal needs and functions influence the nature

and structure of work.

9. Apply problem solving skills to make decisions.

10. Consider the interrelationship of life roles as related to career


11. Appraise the continuous changes in male/female roles as related

to career planning.

12. Apply skills in personal career planning.

Curriculum development and service functions are based on the National

Career Development Guidelines, endorsed by the North Carolina State Board of Education. Other national standards that influence this program area include the National Standards for School Counseling Programs. One third of the North Carolina Comprehensive School Counseling program is focused on career development competencies.

Career development is a process in which skills are acquired, applied, and transferred from one activity or job to another throughout the life span. Continuous learning and up-dating will be required. Knowing the career planning process will assure that citizens know how to obtain and use quality career information.