Thank you to everyone who helped with the First Career Steps survey!! The survey received 328 responses, providing valuable insight. A summary of survey results is available at:
Results showed that students are well-engaged in career development, expressing confidence and feeling ready (as well as some worry and not-so-readiness) and expressing interest in a variety of career areas and options for post-high-school first steps. Most have participated in several career development activities, including talking with parents, friends, teachers and counselors, career interest inventories, work experience, including summer jobs, after-school jobs, internships or volunteer work and a variety of career-related events and activities. Some highlights:
- Students described many positive things that their school or program does to support career development, and also provided suggestions for additional efforts.
- Survey results provide testimony to the value of youth employment experiences, with students who have had jobs, internships and volunteer work indicating that they have developed career skills through these experiences.
- Survey results suggest that students use the high school years to explore broadly and consider a variety of career and postsecondary education and training options.
- The survey results provide “food for thought” for exploring youth development issues and for establishing a vision of career readiness that embraces the confidence and concerns that youth bring to this important part of their development.
A preview: the first question asks “How do you feel when people ask you about your career plans? Do you feel confident, worried, ready, not-so-ready?”
This question served primarily as a “warm-up” question for the survey and to get a general sense about how students feel about career development. Answers were mostly positive – confident (but also worried), excited, ready. Answers varied somewhat by grade, with 9th grade students more confident than 10th grade students, and with confidence, worry and a combination of both rising and falling from grade 9 to 12.