High School Career Exploration
What does your teen want to be when they grow up? Help them discover their answer through interest-based exploration at a K12-powered school.
Help your teen discover their career path through exploration.
Career Awareness and Exploration Courses
When your teen is asked what they want to be when they grow up, do they have an answer? A career readiness education can help them start finding the answer as early as 6th grade. By the time they reach high school, they can dive deeper into their interests or keep exploring, all while developing their professional skill set.
To help your junior high student uncover their calling, K12 offers Middle School Career Explorations I & II, where students:
Explore jobs in over 15 occupational areas, from healthcare to agriculture
Examine how their interests could lead to a career path
Develop skills like time management
Learn how to successfully navigate job markets
Begin to map their path to a job they'll love
In high school, students take courses in career fields of interest, such as Healthcare Explorations or IT Explorations, to take a deeper dive into opportunities in those industries.
Career Exploration, Beyond the Classroom
Online career readiness education makes it easy for your teen to discover their dream job. With the help of teachers, counselors, club advisors, and industry experts, there are countless resources for teens to explore different industries.
Career and Technical Student Organizations
Career Counselors and Teachers
Frequently Asked Questions
Curious about careers or exploring education options? Get answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.
Why is career exploration important?
Career exploration is key to helping your teen discover and get excited about potential professions. The earlier you can encourage exploration for your teen, the sooner they can discover their dream job. Career readiness education allows students to explore pathways before graduating high school. Finding a dream job takes trial and error, which is why career readiness education can be very useful. By allowing students to figure out what they like and don't like in middle school and high school, they can narrow their path before entering the workforce or college.
How do I help my teen find a career they love?
The best way to help your teen find a career they love is through exploration. Showing them the many options available can help spark interest and passion for a particular profession. Focus on their interests and strengths, so they can dive deep and feel confident in associated paths. Be supportive of whatever this might be. There's no better job than the one you love doing
What is involved in career exploration?
Career exploration can take many forms but mostly follows the same format: learning about a wide variety of jobs, exploring a particular area deeper, and then trying a hand at the job itself. Through a K12-powered career readiness education program like Destinations Career Academy, high school students choose classes that follow this plan. All pathways start with exploration classes to see the variety of occupations in a field. Then students can take courses that dive into a particular path and can start to learn the hands-on skills needed in that profession.