A Career Exploration Roadmap
Hi Thrively Community!
My name is Jerry Blumengarten. You may know me for my website, Cybrary Man, where I’ve curated over 20,000 relevant links for students, teachers, administrators & parents or because on Twitter as @cybraryman1 where I regularly share my resources on many of the chats. I taught in the New York City schools for 32 years and I have always been passionate about helping kids figure out their interests and careers. I couldn’t be happier to contribute to the Thrively mission and doing what I can to add to the community!
Career Exploration… Already?
Parents and teachers need to not only talk to children even at an early age or grade but listen to them about their future choices, career options and life as an adult. We should not wait until a child is in the last year of high school to decide about what they are interested in and their future plans. Learning about why people work, what work is like and the skills needed to be successful will help children on their road to successful futures. I’ll talk about career exploration in a series of posts starting with my first topic, “self-discovery.”
To prepare children for their future we should start by having them do a self-examination and unearth their true interests, values, and aspirations. At the elementary and even middle school level children should reflect more on their likes, interests, and hobbies to learn more about themselves. At this time they are starting to uncover their personality traits. Children need to understand how they got to this point in their lives and begin thinking ahead to where they may be in the future. So, start with Thrively’s Strength Assessment, this helps students identify their aspirations and interests. Thrively’s Pathways, Sparks and Activities tabs then allow students to do a deep dive into the specifics of each.