Career Development


Developmental Career Education

  

At each grade level at Moultonborough Academy, the guidance counselor provides a career development education unit in a regular classroom setting.  Lessons are developmentally appropriate, and are part of the district-wide comprehensive guidance program designed to prepare students for their future goals.  A brief overview of each unit is listed below according to grade level.  

 

Grade 7:

Career Exploration Inventory:  Students will complete an interest inventory to determine what career clusters they should explore.  Students are provided with a list of potential careers in their cluster, and then asked to identify a few specific careers that interest them.  This may reinforce interests they already have or provide them with new ideas.


Career Interview Report and Presentation:  Students are required to find a person who does a career that interests them.  They must interview that person, write an essay on the interview, and present the interview to their classmates.  Students may use the results from the interest inventory to help them identify a career to interview.  Talking to adults is an excellent way to learn about potential career options.  

 

Career Values:  Probably the most important factor in career decision-making, an examination of values associated with careers helps students determine what they should look for in an occupation.

 

Grade 8:

4-Year Educational Plan:  Provided with a program of study and the essential information about program offerings at Moultonborough Academy, students will develop a 4-year educational plan for high school.  This plan will help them to utilize courses and programs to best prepare them for a career.  Planning courses for high school helps students to understand electives, course sequences, and encourages them to take ownership of their education.  Educational plans are linked to career goals.

 

Career Interest Inventory:  Eighth graders will take an interest inventory to compare to their seventh grade results.  Some students will have new career suggestions to consider while others will see career interest themes emerging.

 

Career Research:  Students are asked to research one career that interests them on-line.  They are encouraged to use interest inventory results as a starting point.  Students will add this information to their career development portfolio.

 

Learning Style Inventory:  A basic learning style inventory is given to students to determine how they learn best.   A student is generally an auditory learner, a visual learner, a kinesthetic learner, or a combination.  Students are provided tips on how best to study and learn based on their own individual learning style.  

           

Electronic Career Development Portfolio


The Electronic Career Development Portfolio is kept on the student’s Schoology account.  A physical portfolio is also kept for the student in the guidance office and holds all student work and research completed in the career education units.  Students have access to and update information each year during the career unit.  Students and parents are encouraged to make an appointment to review the contents of the portfolio at any time.  Contents are often used to help students make educational decisions in high school.