Every person is on a career pathway. This is the notion of K to Gray. To help people start and successfully complete pathways, it’s important to connect education with key corporate and government personnel. If all three entities are involved in identifying, creating, and maintaining career pathways, it will lead to in-demand jobs being filled and give all job seekers the chance to start, change, or better their career. Here’s a timeline to help explain how the K to Gray approach works:
Kindergarten through Elementary School: Many educators and parents wonder, when should schools start introducing career options to students? The answer is as early as possible. This can be accomplished through class field trips to local businesses or school visits from a range of interesting and engaging professionals to get young learners thinking about their life beyond their education. By exposing students to more potential careers and paths at a young age, the greater the chance they have to find their passion and steer the personal trajectory of their life.
Middle School: The formative years before high school are extremely important in helping to direct students toward a course of study that piques their interest and fits well within their skill set. Having students take an interest inventory is a great place to start. Additionally, they can meet with businesspeople and school counselors to better understand the personal career pathway options available to them and choose a course of study before high school even begins.
High School: High school is the prime time for students to pursue a career pathway. Schools can offer unique courses or specific training by partnering with local businesses. When corporations create and offer job-specific pathways to students, they create a talent pool of potential employees hire-ready upon graduation and save money by exposing these pathways to secondary, or even post-secondary, students. They can also use pathways to monitor and predict job placement years in advance.
Post-Secondary: While a college education is not for everybody, those who choose to pursue a post-secondary path in life need to be well-prepared. Studies show that the majority of students are not. An effective curriculum for college and career readiness begins with a well-defined pathway built for success. One way to better prepare students is to have them complete internships and apprenticeships to fulfill pathway requirements. This not only gives them hands-on experience but allows them to become qualified for in-demand jobs.
Career through Retirement: From the start of a person’s career and progressing through until retirement, all people should be exposed to different occupational choices through career advancements. All employees should know what it takes to get that next promotion and be on a path to achieve it.
Find out how Capture Education can help set up internal career pathways for your school or company, regardless of your stage in the timeline. Contact us today!