Counselor Name Title of Lesson Narrative
Nitesha McHugh "Post-Op Plans!" In an attempt to help students gain access to various career resources and begin planning for their post secondary lives, students will write target goals to pursue their post-secondary interest.
ASCA National Standard
Standard A: Students will acquire the skills to investigate the world of work in relation to knowledge of self and to make informed career decisions.
C:A1: Students will develop Career Awareness
C: A1.7: Students will understand the importance of planning. Time Required: 30-45 minutes As a warm up ask students to list: What are 4 career training options available to them after highschool? What two factors to consider before choosing a career training option? What are 3 benefits of planning for their future?
1. Review post-secondary options that are available after high school. Using Handout 1 Career Training Options give the students a few minutes to mentally answer the questions. Then whole group, explain the benefits of each option. Students are to end the exercise by identifying with one option. Four-Year College/University: allows a more in-depth study of your chosen field in which you could earn a B.S. (Bachelor of Science) or a B.A. (Bachelor of Arts). Vocational/Technical Colleges: charge less tuition than 4-year universities and allow you to enter the workforce sooner. Community College: allows you to earn an associate degree (2 years) which allows you to enter the workforce or apply to a major university. Military: pays you for job training/education.
Apprenticeship: pays you while you are working, allows you the opportunity to try a career to see if you like it, provides a progressive pay scale as you gain more training and experience. World of Work: provides limited options of other work experience based on training received while in high school, usually lower paying than careers with advanced training. Note: At this time mention to students any other postsecondary options available to students within your community. Correspondence Courses: allows you to work at your own pace. 2. Whole group discuss resources students can use to find out more information on each post-secondary option. Make sure discussion includes school and public libraries, visit or call the schools/training centers, talk to people on the job, ask guidance counselor, ask teachers, ask parents, relatives and adult friends. 3. Distribute Handout 2 The Next Step Action Plan. Students are to check off Action Steps and then create target goals to help themselves explore their post-secondary options. Encourage students to do research on possible career choices and discuss the benefits of planning for their future. Materials Needed 1. Handout 1 â€“ Career Training Options 2. Handout 2 â€“ The Next Step Action Plan 3. Pen/pencil Process Data: the targeted population for this lesson is 116 12th grade students. The lessons will be presented in the students Technical Career classes by Nitesha McHugh (the school counseling intern). Lessons will be reported to Mr. Greer (the counseling supervisor). Evaluation/Assessment/Student Perception Data: Based on the pre-post question ("What are 4 career training options available to them after high-school? outcome measures: What two factors to consider before choosing a career training option? and What are 3 benefits of planning for their future) 85% of the students began planning for their post secondary lives. Results Data: 116 12th grade students will write target goals or
next step plans to pursue their post-secondary interest. Results will be shared with Ms. Greer. This lesson was retrieved on November 4, 2011 from Indiana Gold Star School Counseling Home http://asai.indstate.edu/goldstar/resources/lessons.htm#academic
Additional Resources: Occupational Handbook http://www.bls.gov/oco/ Military Careers http://www.todaysmilitary.com NY Apprenticeship Programs http://www.labor.state.ny.us/apprenticeship/appindex.shtm New york Community and Technical College Education http://www.50states.com/cc/newyork.htm
Handout 1 Career Training Options
Four-year college/university Community college Apprenticeship (on-the-job training) Correspondence/extension courses Vocational-technical school Military
What do I need to consider before I choose?
Your interests and abilities
Time available to you for post-secondary education
Money available to you for post-secondary education
The outlook for the career
Your expected working conditions: 1. Work for yourself or someone else? 2. Work alone, with people, with things? 3. Work fixed or flexible hours? 4. Work indoors or outdoors?
Your expected lifestyle: 1. Fast-paced or slow? 2. Work time vs. free time? 3. Salary expectations?
The Next Step Action Plan Write a plan of action to help yourself explore post-secondary school options and make the right choices. Do some research and answer these questions, check off the Action Steps and create target goals. You may want to do this for several possible careers.
After high school I plan to become . . . What is the future outlook of this job? What kind of training is required? Where is training/education available for this job? How long is the training/education period for this job? Is this a good choice for me? How much will training/education cost? How will I pay for this? Is financial aid/scholarships available? Have I completed the FAFSA or other form required for my education/training? When is the deadline? Steps I have completed or NEED to complete: ACTION STEPS Have Completed Apply for Financial Aid Complete Application Submitted Application Interviewed Submitted Transcript Paid required fees Meet with recruiter Visit site
Need to Complete
Does not apply to me
My Goals By the end of the first 9 weeks 1)_____________________________________________________________________ 2)_____________________________________________________________________ 3)_____________________________________________________________________
By the end of the Semester 1)_____________________________________________________________________ 2)_____________________________________________________________________ 3)_____________________________________________________________________ By the end of the third 9 weeks 1)_____________________________________________________________________ 2)_____________________________________________________________________ 3)_____________________________________________________________________ Before School is out 1)_____________________________________________________________________ 2)_____________________________________________________________________ 3)_____________________________________________________________________