LHS Students Explore Career Options

January 17, 2019

With the new school semester comes a fresh group of students who are beginning the career exploration journey by enrolling in Mrs. Archer’s Career Exploration Intro. Course.  This class is designed to allow students to investigate the myriad of career and occupational options available to them and to provide opportunities to explore these choices.  Concurrently, students will also develop their self-awareness skills by completing both informal and formal transitional assessments where they identify and explore their own interests, personal preferences, strengths, needs, values, personality traits, skills, and abilities. 

The primary goal of this introductory career-planning course is for students to develop and demonstrate the skills, knowledge, and process needed to make realistic career choices. This includes developing a better understanding of self in various areas, learning about the 16 globally recognized career clusters and exploring areas that are “best fits”, developing community awareness, citizenship, and decision-making skills, developing self-determination and self-advocacy skills, and beginning to explore post-school options. Research indicates that people will change jobs 10 to 12 times in a lifetime.  Therefore, students need skills to pursue career options in order to meet the demands of an ever-changing workforce.  Understanding the impact of work on individual and family life helps to balance decisions people make.

One of this semester’s Career Exploration Intro. students, Jocelyn Lopez, shared that, “This class is really great – I am learning more about myself and which careers might fit me best.  It is helping me prepare for my future.”  For further information about this course and other transition information, please feel free to contact Becky Archer, LPS Transition Coordinator @ becky.archer@lexschools.orgor 308-324-4691 extension 2309.