CAREER EXPLORATION IN MIDDLE SCHOOL?
"Ask kids what they want to be when they grow up and you'll hear doctors,
lawyers, firefighters, singers or professional ball players. Why do they pick
these occupations? Probably because kids see them on TV or the jobs seem
glamorous. How informed are these choices? Do most kids know how many years
of education a medical career requires or what a lawyer's job duties entail?
Do they realize that even the most successful athletes must move on to
different careers when their playing days end? Probably not.
How realistic are these choices? Do most kids have the talent, physical and
mental abilities and personalities to match those "chosen" occupations?
How likely will your child find work in these fields? Many occupations that
interest kids have realatively few openings. Only a tiny fraction of the
would-be professional singers, for instance, can suport themselves through
their art and fewer still become famous and earn superstar salaries. That's
why they need assistance with career exploration. That's why they need to
start in middle school.
Exploring careers forces teens to take responsibility for the choices they
make; after all, they will make them with eyes wide open. If they want to
have a certain lifestyle, they must pursue careers that will support them.
They can't become a nursing aide, for instance, without knowing that they are
destined to earn relatively low wages without further education and training.
The case is clear: a thorough career exploration will be best for your child.
And it's up to you to make it happen." (Taken from Career Investigation:
Parent's Guide p.19)
Achieve Texas - Career Clusters Interest Survey
Students explore information and occupations based on their
interests under the 16 career clusters. Round Rock ISD academies
and programs of study are based on these 16 career clusters.
Also includes links to:
http://www.asvabprogram.com and O*NET Online
Reality Check is an interactive online tool that is being used
with grade 7
this year. Please see grade 7 page for dates of classroom
There is no log-in or password necessary to access this free
Life After High School is sponsored by Texas Scholars and
information for middle and high school students. Texas Scholars
college readiness program discussed at the 7th grade Parent
The Princeton Review has a short Career Quiz that students can
assess how their interests can match up to potential careers.
March 2 Success program designs itself for individual students
assessment. Includes video games and flash cards.
FREE ONLINE STANDARDIZED TEST PREP COURSE
A student who graduates from Round Rock ISD will be able to
Seeks Knowledge and Understanding
-Initiates own learning
-Has a foundation in core academic areas
-Knows of and appreciates the arts and humanities
-Uses effective learning techniques to acquire and apply knowledge
-Applies numerical reasoning strategies to problems
-Understands world issues and current events
-Takes intellectual risks in learning
-Exhibits enthusiasm for learning in life
Thinks Critically and Solves Problems
-Defines problems, hypothesizes, and becomes actively involved in
-Organizes and processes information productively
-Generates new ideas
-Analyzes and adapts to changing environments
-Makes decisions based on facts
-Prepares for college/career success
Uses Technology as a Tool
-Selects appropriate tools and procedures to accomplish tasks and
-Uses technology to access, analyze, organize, and process
-Consistently applies technical reasoning skills
Listens and Communicates Effectively
-Exchanges ideas and information in writing, verbally, and
-Communicates effectively in a second language
Interacts Effectively with Others
-Develops and maintains positive relationships with others
-Works successfully in teams
-Leads by communicating ideas and motivating others
-Works collaboratively with persons of different beliefs,
backgrounds to build consensus
-Plans and acts as a systems thinker
-Knows and appreciates cultural and linguistic diversity
Exhibits Strong Personal Qualities
-Demonstrates initiative and perseverance
-Identifies personal goals
-Accepts responsibility for his/her own actions
-Maintains wellness and balance in life
-Recognizes and responds to societal needs
-Values and participates in the democratic process
-Has an interest in issues of social justice and equity