Aligning Skills with Career Pathways

In order to ensure our students go on to have long, happy and successful careers, we need to make sure we’re guiding them down the right path. This video discusses four different techniques for helping your students succeed in their career pathway.

Hi there! My name is Bradley and I am the Director of Adult Education and Workforce Development here at Wonderlic. Today I am going to be giving you four ideas on how you can align your student’s skills with their career pathways.

We all want our students to finish school and go on to have long, happy and successful careers. We can teach them the skills they need to do well in their profession, but we also need to make sure we are doing our best to align their skills with the correct pathway. 

First, during the intake process, identify goals and formulate long term plans. Ask them what their goals are and provide them options for the future on how long term goals can be achieved. We can’t let the counseling and guidance stop once they have completed the GED or obtained a low paying job. There are many distractions and interruptions that can occur and deter our students from their goals. Having a plan in place that they can follow and come back to is key.  

Second, quickly measure basic skills and provide targeted instruction to fill those gaps. By obtaining a clear understanding of where your student’s skills and strengths are you will be able to teach them more effectively and efficiently. This prevents you from wasting time on subjects that your students are already strong in and allows you to focus more on those where they are weaker. 

Third, determine the training programs and the jobs in your area that each student is best suited for. Administer a career interest survey or a cognitive ability test to help guide students towards occupations that they will be able to succeed in.

Finally, prepare job seekers for those behavior and attitude questions that employers will ask. Many students have not had the benefit of strong positive mentors, so they may not know what employers expect (punctuality, no cell phones on the job, etc.).  Identify areas that are lacking and train them so they get off to the right start.

I want to thank you for spending a few minutes with me today. I hope you’ve found this video helpful. Be sure to visit our blog for more videos and helpful articles, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for news and information on workplace and human resource issues, student achievement, and more!

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