2) Career development activities as a year round initiative with clear goals defined for the individual year groups.
3) Provide standardized psychometric assessments for students. In my opinion every student needs to take one as it gives them a clear indication of skills and interests that they may not have been aware of and more importantly giving them an understanding of where challenges lie. This makes choosing of subjects or career pathways easier.
4) As an outcome of point 3, student portfolios can be compiled.
5) Invite industry experts to come in and talk about what’s happening right now within their realm. This will give the children(and us parents) an an idea at least, about whats ahead in terms of opportunities.
6) Invite range of Universities to come to the school. Don’t stick on to the old tired career fair format. Be innovative. Make it compulsory for students to come and interact with them. It doesn’t matter that those Universities are not ‘good’ ones or as we hear it all the time ‘Local ones’. Have an orientation for the students before the fair and encourage them to ask questions. Trust me they will learn a thing or two.
7) Provide support for students looking at interning or volunteering. Develop links with places that the students can volunteer at, develop skills and yes clock hours for CAS or DOEd and so on. Those activities should be very aligned with the Career Counseling department.
8) Ensuring that all co curricular activities/clubs at the school are actually incubators of sorts, promoting creativity among the children.
9) Maintaining continual updates with the parent community regarding timelines and goals as defined in the beginning of the year.
10)Arranging information sessions for parents and ensuring that they are aware of the various steps in the high school journey starting with subject selection, criterion for entry into the senior grades, exit points possible and so on.