Where Am I Going?
As students go through the K-12 experience, it is important for them to determine their individual strengths and realize passions. This insight will help guide their career choice and determine which postsecondary path would best. Our students have the opportunity to participate in this planning by following their Student Learning Plan.
Step 1: Discover Possibilities
Students can begin by asking:
What are my interests? What do I like to do? What do I aspire to be?
To help answer these questions, FCPS students have access to Family Connection. This tool helps students discover their interests and learn about careers, career pathways, and career clusters. Students will be able to view specific job tasks and qualifications for careers along with an example of the high school Program of Study. To get started, these are the assessments that students can take: Career Interest Profiler and Career Cluster Finder. These resources allow students to reflect on results and explore interests. Students will learn more about themselves and their likes and dislikes, as well careers they may enjoy.
What am I good at? How do I determine my strengths? StrengthsExplorer is a research-based assessment that provides students with the opportunity to discover their natural talents. This assessment is also found in Family Connection.
Step 2: Explore Opportunities
Check out career resources:
What are the Career Opportunities? What careers are needed within our society?
Some useful resources include:
- National Workforce Outlook - Bureau of Labor statistics provide the outlook on jobs and careers, along with earning potential.
- Local Workforce Outlook - Northern Virginia Local Workforce Research provides research on the labor market in the local Northern Virginia area, including forecasts and trends in growing industries, top hiring employers, educational and skill requirements, and average salaries.
Within Family Connection, students can explore careers by searching Career Clusters; this is a way of grouping careers with common features and skills. Careers grouped into the same cluster typically require similar education and training. Exploring clusters can be a useful way to find a good career match, especially if you have general areas of interest but are not sure what specific careers match those interests. Career Clusters can also help you better understand how your coursework in school can prepare you for certain types of careers.
Explore RoadTrip Nation: Here students can begin a journey of self-discovery to help figure out who they are and what they love to do. It is possible to search by interest, theme, and by industry leaders. Check out RoadTrip playlists and online TV through Family Connection.
Family Connection provides career pathways and employment outlook for career clusters.
Step 3: Align Possibilities with Opportunities
Make informed decisions for the future:
Now that students understand their strengths and interests, discovered possibilities, and explored career opportunities, they are ready to plan for the future, and set a path toward a fulfilling life. Ready, set, go!
Note: The resources found within Family Connection are supplemental to the services provided by FCPS staff members.