Career Decision Making
Career exploration is a process that begins early in childhood. Career exploration is linked to self-exploration via questions such as: what do I like, what am I good at, what type of environment do I like to be in? As students progress through middle school and high school they begin to develop an increased understanding about the world of work - including skills necessary for success in college/ workplace and occupational outlooks. Students' experiences inform their decisions, so it is important that they explore different interests through a variety of courses and activities. In addition, students are encouraged to take rigorous courses, maintain excellent attendance, communicate with their parents, teachers, and counselors, meet with college/post-secondary representatives, participate in community service, job shadow, and intern in order to create opportunities as they move forward in life.
Students seeking support in identifying career mentors
or job shadowing opportunities
should contact their School Counselor or the Greater Rostraver Chamber of Commerce: firstname.lastname@example.org
Helpful Career Exploration Websites:
Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center offers day and evening career technology skill training
careers by field of study; industry cluster; type of work; or career traits
Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network The PYLN is a team of youth leaders with disabilities from across Pennsylvania with a purpose to develop the self-determination, empowerment, and leadership of youth that promotes successful outcomes in the areas of education, employment, independent living, and health and wellness among youth and young adults throughout Pennsylvania
Explore careers, observe videos of people on the job, etc.