What is Career Education?.

Positive Action prepares students for the workforce by developing skills for evaluating potential career paths and being a productive employee within an organization. As a part of the underlying philosophy, Positive Action challenges students to think about their best skills and abilities as they form their self-concept.

This introspective exercise requires students to consider their educational opportunities and find the best path to develop their interests.

As a broader effort to align to academic standards, Positive Action was independently evaluated for alignment to career education standards. Below is a list of the career education standards that were found to correlate with Positive Action lessons.

Develop Career Awareness

  • Develop skills to locate, evaluate and interpret career information
  • Develop an awareness of personal abilities, skills, interests and motivations
  • Learn how to interact and work cooperatively in teams
  • Understand the importance of planning
  • Pursue and develop competency in various areas of interest
  • Find balance between work and leisure time
  • Acquire employability skills such as working on a team, problem solving and organizational skills
  • Learn about the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees
  • Learn to respect individual uniqueness in the workplace
  • Understand the importance of responsibility, dependability, punctuality, integrity and effort in the workplace
  • Use time- and task-management skills

Acquire Career Information

  • Apply decision-making skills to career planning, course selection and career transition
  • Identify personal skills, interests and abilities and relate them to current career choice
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the career-planning process
  • Know the various ways in which occupations can be classified
  • Use research and information resources to obtain career information
  • Learn to use the Internet to access career-planning information
  • Describe traditional and nontraditional career choices and how they relate to career choice
  • Understand how changing economic and societal needs influence employment trends and future training

Identify Career Goals

  • Demonstrate awareness of the education and training needed to achieve career goals
  • Assess and modify an educational plan to support a specific career
  • Use employability and job readiness skills in internship, mentoring, shadowing and/or other work experience
  • Select course work that is related to career interests
  • Maintain a career-planning portfolio

Acquire Knowledge to Achieve Career Goals

  • Understand the relationship between educational achievement and career success
  • Explain how work can help to achieve personal success and satisfaction
  • Identify personal preferences and interests influencing career choice and success
  • Understand that the changing workplace requires lifelong learning and acquiring new skills
  • Describe the effect of work on lifestyles
  • Understand the importance of equity and access in career choice
  • Understand that work is an important and satisfying means of personal expression

Apply Skills to Achieve Career Goals

  • Demonstrate how interests, abilities and achievement relate to achieving personal, social, educational and career goals
  • Learn how to use conflict management skills with peers and adults
  • Learn to work cooperatively with others as a team member
  • Apply academic and employment readiness skills in work-based learning situations such as internships, shadowing and/or mentoring experiences