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February 8, 2016

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WEEKLY LEARNING: Highlighting Jr. Achievement Career Fair

Eighth grade students have been spending time during advisory class exploring their post-secondary education options, including college and career paths. One tool that students used was Naviance, an online platform that helps students to identify their strengths and interests and align them with long term college and career goals. Based on the highly researched premise that a close match between personality and career leads to long term success and happiness, the Naviance Career Key asks students to answer questions about themselves, measuring their personality type and providing them with possible options. The six major personality types, as outlined by Holland, are realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising, and conventional.  Each student received feedback as to where they stand in relation to each of these areas, and what that means about their personality.  

Using the information provided by the Naviance Career Key, along with a list of role models that would be attending the career fair, students prepared their personalized plan for the fair. Students first attempted to locate role models working in careers that aligned with their future interests. They were also encouraged to identify careers that they had never heard of before, but that they were interested in learning more about. At the career fair, students had the opportunity to learn from multiple local professionals in a variety of fields including law enforcement, nursing, engineering, education, finance, social services, construction, and travel to name just a few!  Students interviewed five different role models asking questions about responsibilities, job training and education, compensation, and a typical day in that chosen profession. Speakers also identified skills important for their career and their personal reasons for working in that profession. Make sure to ask your student about their experience, and continue encouraging them to explore their options for the future!

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.