During your sessions, you will be discussing all aspects of your potential educational pathways that will lead to good career match.
This will include
- looking at your high school classes and credits
- STEM college offerings
- your strengths and interests
- and how those might apply to a potential career.
We will also look at the various opportunities through STEM that will enhance your job readiness and resume. We will also help analyze any possible barriers that may stand in your path and look at ways in which those can be overcome.
Who will be my career counselor?
How do I sign up for a counseling session? Sign up to meet with a academic/career counselor by:
1. Stopping by their desks to sign up for a time slot.
2. Email them if you prefer to meet before school, after school or during which class.
Academic/career counselors will automatically connect with student who have not contacted them.
We will meet 2 – 3 times per year. Sessions last between 25 and 45 minutes.
Traitify Personality Assessment – The Dakota-Scott Workforce Development Board procured Traitify for use by residents of Dakota and Scott counties. Traitify is a visual personality assessment tool that recommends careers, jobs, and education based on personality and preference data. Users swipe through a short series of images, answering “Me” or “Not Me” to generate individualized results in about 90 seconds. It’s accurate, fast, free, and fun. Take the survey here!
GetMyFuture – Career Exploration system Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Skills Toolkit – Find the tool you need to research career information, training, or jobs.
Career and Educational Explorer: Career and Education Explorer allows students and others interested in a certain career field to review related job descriptions, education requirements, typical job titles, wages, hiring demand, and top industries. The tool merges the functions and data of two separate products, Career Profile and ISEEK, into a single entity.
2-Year Degree Career Examples: learn more about different types of careers that require a 2-year degree. This resource from ISG also lists what local colleges offer programs that will lead to those careers.
STEM Occupation Data Resource site: Department of Labor Statistics site about STEM careers.
WIOA Dakota County Wanted Analytics & Jobs: Use this resources to find jobs and see what careers are highly sought in our area.
Learnability Quotient Assessment Tool – Technology is always changing and so is the workplace. Your Learnability Quotient (or LQ) reflects your desire and ability to grow and adapt to new circumstances and challenges throughout your work life.
If interested, please also visit the following website to learn more about the conversations our executives had at the World Economic Forum around Learnability, the skills revolution and gender parity – http://www.manpowergroup.com/wef2017.
SciGirls Stories: Real Women, Real Jobs: Inspiring real-life stories for all ages featuring Minnesota women in STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). These are the innovators, problem-solvers and dreamers who live right next door, passionate about their work, hobbies, families and helping to make the world a better place. They motivate girls to pursue all kinds of interests and career paths.
SciGirls Women in STEM Videos: Series of videos about women in a variety of STEM careers.
Harvard Law To Allow Deferred Admissions, Hopes To Attract STEM Majors. The New York Times (5/3, Olson, Subscription Publication) reports that Harvard Law School announced Wednesday that it is “expanding a pilot program for Harvard undergraduates,” and will “allow juniors accepted from any college to defer admission as long as they finish college and spend at least two years working, studying or pursuing research or fellowships.” The program was started “to encourage students to gain work experience before entering law school and to encourage those studying science, technology, engineering or math to pursue the legal profession.” The Washington Post (5/3, Svrluga) reports that Harvard Law officials say they “particularly hope to lure students interested in science, technology, engineering and math fields to consider the law, since advanced technical knowledge and skills are in demand.” The piece quotes Associate Dean for Admissions and Strategic Initiatives Jessica Soban saying, “It’s incredibly valuable to have your attorney understand the underlying biology or the underlying coding systems or the underlying physics that are driving the legal questions.”
Increasing Diversity In STEM Workforce Requires Greater Exposure Of Young People To STEM Jobs. Dr. Marcus Bright, political commentator and executive director of Education for a Better America, writes at Diverse Education (5/3, Bright), on the lack of diversity in the STEM workforce, which he attributes to “an inept outreach to HBCUs and other producers of qualified STEM workers” as well as “a lack of large numbers of people of color in the STEM pipeline.” He recommends “more exposure for students at the K-12 level” as a remedy, and as a means of making “the requisite math courses needed for many STEM careers more relevant to students.” In college, he says students in relevant fields of study need “consistent exposure to opportunities in the STEM economy.”