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Connecting the Dots Between Education, Interests, and Careers, Grades 7–10

Connecting the Dots Between Education, Interests, and Careers, Grades 7–10
A Guide for School Practitioners

February 2018 | 144 pages | SAGE AdvantEDGE

Quick solutions for developing career-minded students!

Ask most preteens and teenagers about life after high school, and you’re likely to get blank looks or bored shrugs. Spark excitement and help kids feel motivated about staying in school by making the college or career connection come alive with this indispensable resource that takes the guesswork out of career awareness counseling.

Chock-full of ready-to-use lessons, this book gives busy teachers, school counselors, and parents succinct lessons that generate deep discussion and inquiry about the real world of post-secondary education and work. Extensively researched topics provide frank data and straightforward advice on wages, cost-of-living realities, job market projections, and promising new careers to help students match their interests and abilities to suitable career paths. You’ll get students, even those that are struggling, college and career-ready with

  • 20-minute lessons for advisory, afterschool, and mentoring settings
  • Talking points, reflections, and conversation starters to identify interests and abilities
  • Skills assessments and job training requirements to help students make informed decisions about future career paths
  • A companion website with downloadable forms for easy instruction

Use this one-of-a-kind, indispensible resource to curb drop out rates and help students take charge of their futures!

“The content is valuable for ALL students, including academically at-risk students, to prepare and motivate them for their future. This book is pragmatic, the activities and topics are engaging and on target, and the information is spot on.”
—Claudia J. Thompson, Academic Officer
Peninsula School District, Gig Harbor, WA

“As a principal, I find myself having routine conversations with students, counselors, parents, and business owners about what the 21st-century graduate needs to be able to do in the world of work. This book provides a practical, hands-on approach that is easy to understand and provides a ‘wake-up call’ about the importance of education. I recommend this book to students, parents, and practitioners from the middle school level through adulthood!”
—Steve Knobl, Principal
Pasco County Schools, New Port Richey, FL

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About the Data
Topic 1. Education: The Key to Your Future
Topic 2. More Education = Better-Paying Jobs
Topic 3. Studying, Learning, and Getting Good Grades
Topic 4. School Subjects and How They Relate to Careers
Topic 5. Ready or Not: High School, Here We Come
Topic 6. How Interests Now Spark Careers Later
Topic 7. Navigating to the Job of Your Dreams
Topic 8. There Are So Many Jobs. How Do I Decide?
Topic 9. College Life: Much More Than Studying and Classes, It's Fun!
Connecting the Dots

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Sarah M. Klerk

Sarah M. Klerk is an expert of workforce development. In her work with Workforce Strategy Center, she helped communities develop career pathways. Prior to her work with WSC, Sarah worked at the Chicago Jobs Council to ensure access to employment and career advancement opportunities for people living in poverty. It was from Sarah’s work at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, where she conducted research on workforce, economic, and educational development and worked with community stakeholders to improve the economy through educational and workforce development, that she gained a passion for helping students understand the... More About Author


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ISBN: 9789352805945