Students should begin to explore a variety of careers based on their interests, skills, abilities, and values. Extensive research has demonstrated support for using these categories to help individuals discern those careers or areas of post-secondary training or study that they would most likely enjoy and be successful doing. As part of a comprehensive developmentally appropriate school counseling program, we work through our guidance lessons to facilitate students' career exploration through the use of the Bridges Choices Planner and online resources. However, we also encourage parents to be involved in this process by providing ongoing guidance and facilitating real life opportunities for further exploration through personal and community resources.
There are several areas of exploration that combine to help students make informed choices about post-secondary (after high school) training and education including: