The mission of the Career Guidance and Counseling program is to enable all students, regardless of individual differences, to acquire the self- knowledge, educational, occupational and career development skills necessary to be effective students, responsible citizens, productive workers, and lifelong learners.
Some of the skills students will learn are the following:
- Self- knowledge of self and others
- Personal responsibilities
- Relationships with others
- Communication and problem solving skills
- Importance of developing good work habits
- The relationship between school work and future jobs
- Decision making skills
- Awareness of different occupations
We will use a variety of resources in our career development program such as:
- Career Trek – Curriculum designed to teach elementary students about the world of work
- Interactive web sites for kids
- Books about careers
- Presentations from a variety of professionals in the community
- Interviews of professionals
If you would like more information about our career development program, please contact Maria Enoch
at (979)843-4330 at Blessing Elementary and (979) 843-4340 at Markham Elementary or schedule an
appointment for a conference. I would be glad to hear from you.
Parents play a key role in helping their children with career development by helping them succeed in school as well as by helping them discover the world of work. Parents can help children by talking about family jobs as well as help them become aware of different jobs in the community. There are also many children’s books abut careers that parents can read to their children. As part of the career development program, we encourage parents to become involved. To learn more about the role of parents in career development, please visit some of the web sites listed below.
Your Child's Career Gives some great information on helping your child plan for future careers. Bureau of Labor Statistics Lists different occupations and qualifications needed for each job.
It also includes some short inventories on values of and interests.
Career View Offers some excellent suggestions on how to help your child with becoming
aware of the world of work.
Fun Web sites For Students to Learn About Careers
Kids and Careers in Human Services Information on a variety of careers in the human sciences. It is geared for
Kids Work Students can explore jobs in a theatre, hospital, and TV station by taking
a virtual tour of the workplace.
NASA Career Expo Explores different careers in earth science.
NIEHS Kids' Pages Learn about science careers such as microbiologist, wetland ecologist, and biologist.
OceanLink: All about the Ocean Explores careers in marine science. It provides a variety of interviews as
well as other career links.
The Fun Works Provides fun interactive material in which students can explore careers
depending on the results of a quiz about interests, or can just explore a variety
of different careers. These careers are grouped in clusters. It also includes
games and music.
Virginia Career View Students to discover their interests, talents, and skills through the All about You activities as well as using The Kid Search. Students can also explore different careers in Career Town and Let’s Learn about Jobs. Students can even print the activities.
Weather Wiz Kids Learn all about weather. It also gives a link on becoming a meteorologist.
BOOKS ABOUT CAREERS
Caseley, J. (2002).On the town (1st ed.).Greenwillow
Editors at JIST. (2005). People at work!: A student’s A-Z guide to 350 jobs
(2nd ed). JIST Publishing, Inc.
Field trips (out and about): Career awareness books for grades prek-3.
(2005). Picture Window Books.
Halliman, P.K, (2002).When I grow up. Ideals Publication
Kalman, B. Community helpers. (1997). Crabtree Publishing.
Kruhm, M. A day in the life of a coach. (1998). Powerkids Press
Liebman, D. I want to be a zookeeper. (2003). Firefly Books, Inc
This is one of a series of books.
Mendoza, G. (2002). Jobs around the neighborhood. me+mi Publishing
Rockwell, A. (2000) Career day. (1st ed.). Harper Collins.