• 2020 WHITE_MAP


  • Middle School Career Exploration

    1.  NC Careers:  One stop shop for all your career explorations. Includes the following: 

    • Reality Check - an online tool designed to estimate the income to support a students desired lifestyle.  
    •  Interest Finder - helps to identify your personality types which reveals your Holland Code. The Holland Code matches careers to your personality type.  
    •  Career Cluster Match - a survey which matches your favorite activities, your personal qualities and your favorite subjects to uncover which career cluster matches you. Explore careers within your top career clusters.  
    •  Skills Matcher - a survey which helps the student identify careers that match your skills. 
    •  Work Values Sorter - this assessment can help you learn about your work values, help you decide what is important to you in a job, and then match careers based on your results. 

    2. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook:  A website created by the U.S. Dept. of Labor that collects data about the economy and labor market. A great site to research any career and will provide key information pertaining to a specific career. 

    3. CareerOneStop:  A great source for career exploration, training and career research sponsored by the U.S Dept. of Labor.  Includes the following: 

    • Interest Assessment - identifies your interests and matches them to careers.    
    • Skills Matcher - identifies your skills and matches them to careers that use those skills.   
    • Work Values Matcher - helps you identify the qualities that are most important to you in a career and the place you work. 
    • Career Cluster Information - Explains key information about each of the 16 national Career Clusters and highlights some careers within each cluster with a short video.    
    • Toolkit - assists you with the tools to research career information, training, or jobs. 

    4. Soft Skills:  What are SOFT SKILLS? Soft skills are any skills or qualities that can be classified as a personality trait or habit. Interpersonal skills and communication skills are more specific categories of soft skills that many employers look for in job candidates. Soft skills are transferable across careers and complement hard skills, which refer to job specific skills. These skills can be learned and developed with practice and experience.

    Soft skills Cartoon

    Twelve of the key soft skills include:


    • Communication - The ability to communicate involves knowing how you should speak to others in different situations or settings. Finding a way to tactfully and skillfully disagree with others on the job without creating conflict is an important skill that employers value. Someone who can effectively negotiate and resolve conflict. This also involves effective written communication, word use and nonverbal skills.    
    • Problem Solving - Employers value people who can identify and resolve issues quickly and effectively. Involves critical and creative thinking, as well as risk taking.  
    • Creativity - People with creativity can find new ways to perform tasks, improve processes or even develop new ways for businesses to solve problems at work. This soft skill is harder to develop than others. 
    • Adaptability - Individuals who are capable of adapting to new situations and ways of working are valuable in many jobs and industries. Someone who can demonstrate an ability and willingness to embrace new tasks and new challenges calmly and without fuss. 
    • Work Ethic - Is the ability to follow through on tasks and duties in a timely, quality manner. Someone with a good work ethic does not need close supervision, they are self-motivated, demonstrate responsibility, have a good attitude and show pride in their work. 
    • Teamwork - Individuals who can work effectively with other people in a group setting, and understanding when to be a leader and when to be a listener. 
    • Time Management - The ability to get the job done in the time available and is closely related to work ethic. Someone who can prioritize and organize tasks. You don’t procrastinate and are able to handle multiple tasks. 
    • Interpersonal Skills - These skills are also called “people skills” or “social skills” and refers to your ability to work with other people. 
    • Listening - This is basically a communication skill, but just simply being able to listen and hear what information others are telling you. 
    • Nonverbal Skills - This skill involves understanding proper writing skills dealing with email etiquette, being able to format correct sentence structure. Also involves your body language, facial expressions, showing confidence, being attentive and listening skills.  
    • Presenting Yourself - This skill involves using a pleasant voice, looking professional, using good posture, having a good attitude and demonstrating leadership. 
    • Leadership - Someone with this skillset is able to develop skills in other people, set goals and have a plan to achieve those goals, is organized, a decision maker and able to deal with diversity and conflict effectively. 

    5. Safe Online Surfing (SOS):  Don't forget when you are surfing online to be safe.  Check out Safe Online Surfing for safety tips. This is FBI-SOS Cyber Surf Island! Here you will learn all about cyber safety and digital citizenship based on your grade level.


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