The Scary C Word in High Schools
How we can inject career development into schools now
Veronica is a Grade 11 student in the Louis Riel School Division in Winnipeg. Intelligent, friendly, engaged. She has a supportive family and group of friends.
In every aspect of her life, she is happy and well-adjusted – except one. She confesses that thinking about the ‘C-word’ – career – makes her feel lost.
“I personally had no idea what I wanted to do after high school and the thought of trying to figure it out scared me.”
Veronica is not alone in her angst. Research indicates that as career indecision increases, students experience higher levels of anxiety.
She faces the quintessential problem for high school students: what to do after high school.
Considering its ubiquitous and highly relevant nature to every student in every K-12 school system, career development surely gets serious attention in schools, right?
Students are often left on their own. Schools prioritize completing those 30 credits, not figuring out what students can do with them. And that’s a problem.
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