This stage is about students discovering and learning about the many academic and career opportunities available based on a foundational awareness and understanding of interests, skills, values, and strengths. This exploration stage will help students narrow down the options to further explore pathways that fit them best, so that they may begin planning a course of action.
Career Exploration (EXPLORE)
- Middle school career exploration activities and opportunities
- High school career exploration activities and opportunities
- World of work and labor market needs
- Understanding and comparing different postsecondary education and training
Students will complete the Matchmaker Assessment through Career Cruising and will use their results to learn about careers that match their interests, skills, values, and strengths.
The Workforce and Labor Market
It is important to have an understanding of the jobs available within our state and community in order to develop a realistic postsecondary plan. However, the labor market is constantly changing and it can be difficult to get an up-to-date snapshot of current and future employment projections.
Through Career Cruising, all students have access to labor market information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and other local data sources, as well as projections from across the 16 career clusters that will help inform their ACP journey.