The Career Center is the focal area for a well-planned four year career development program that prepares all Northeast students for their individually chosen career paths. By providing assessments to evaluate skills, interests, and work values, counselors assist freshmen in their vocational selection process and upper class students with linkages to post-secondary education and employment opportunities. The Career Instructor presents curriculum in the areas of entrepreneurship and employability throughout grades 10, 11, and 12 in the Related Theory classes. These competencies are required by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
All students go through the Career Center to help with their career choices throughout high school. One of our goals is for students to develop career pathways that allow them to achieve their career goals. The northeastmetro.kuder.com and mefapathway.org websites are used all four years for career research, job searching, resume writing, college planning. Students work on a yearly career plan to make sure that they explore their careers fully and have knowledge of the opportunities and career paths for after graduation.
Four-to-Six Year Educational/Career Plans and Goal Setting
What can I do this year to plan for future success? Reaching any career goal takes a personal commitment. Developing goals means learning how to make decisions and then setting action plans. Even if you still have no idea which career is right for you, it is possible to begin some preparation. Goal setting is discussed at every career planning meeting:
Academic Goals/Technical Goals
Earn high grades to be competitive, research academic and technical programs and colleges, take required assessment exams (PSAT, SAT, ASVAB, Accuplacer), if needed, get help improving study habits, use agenda book, work on junior/senior project, and portfolio.
Sports, volunteer and community service activities, clubs, and hobbies.
Workplace Readiness Goals/Career Goals
Part-time or Summer Employment, research job opportunities, ask about cooperative education for next year (if applicable), review your technical competencies to make sure you are on track, update resume, organize letters and certificates re: community service and make list of who you will ask for recommendations.
Activities during the sophomore, junior, and senior years assist students in preparing to market themselves upon graduation to either employers, colleges, or the military. Sophomores are trained on the use of the www.northeastmetro.kuder.com website to develop an electronic-format portfolio. Information on career goals, skills and competencies, achieved activities, clubs, organizations and awards, work projects and writing samples are stored here.