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Career Conversations Workshop
Each student, regardless of background, possesses unique interests, abilities and goals, which can lead to future opportunities. School counselors at all levels play an important role in helping students realize their potential, achieve their dreams and become productive citizens. Career education begins in kindergarten and is exemplified by students who are knowledgeable about options and are prepared to enroll and succeed in any postsecondary experience without the need for remediation. Providing learning and experiential opportunities is imperative for students to acquire behaviors and skills for career readiness.

Learn how to have meaningful career conversations with students at all grade levels by helping them identify their interests and abilities and introducing them to various careers and the world of work. Provide opportunities for all students to develop the ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors necessary to learn work-related skills, resilience and perseverance and gain an understanding of lifelong learning as part of long-term career success, a positive attitude toward learning and a strong work ethic. Strategize ways you can ensure all students select a postsecondary path to productive citizenry appropriate for the student.

Learning objectives:
Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:
  • Utilize the ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors to determine students’ career-readiness needs
  • Articulate the connection between school and the world of work to students
  • Identify ways to help students transition from school to postsecondary education and/or the world of work
  • Advise students on multiple postsecondary pathways (e.g. college, career-specific credentials and certifications, apprenticeships, military, service-year programs, full-time employment with a family-supporting wage, etc.)
  • Connect students to early college programs such as dual credit/dual enrollment
  • Brainstorm ways to collaborate with administration, teachers, staff and decision makers to create a postsecondary-readiness culture
  • Identify ways to work with teachers to integrate career education learning into the curricula
  • Collaborate with community resources, local businesses and industries so students are exposed to local career possibilities and opportunities
  • Identify gaps in college and career access and the implications of such data for addressing both intentional and unintentional biases related to college and career counseling
  • Recognize and support essential developmental factors key to future successes, such as self-efficacy, motivation and perseverance
  • Identify the theoretical foundations of Career Conversation Starters
  • Articulate the four uses of Career Conversation: assessment, prevention, intervention, collaboration
  • Design a group lesson or parent workshop and evaluation plan using Career Conversations
  • Apply Career Conversations to individual case studies based on the ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors, which includes developing an objective and corresponding intervention
Jennifer Curry, Ph. D., is a professor of counselor education at Louisiana State University where she specializes in career and college readiness. She has served as an elementary, middle and high school counselor. Additionally, she has served as guest editor of Professional School Counseling journal, a journal reviewer, a delegate of ASCA’s Delegate Assembly, president of the Louisiana School Counselor Association and is currently a Professional School Counseling associate editor.

Megyn Shea, Ph. D. is an assistant professor of school counseling at the NYIT Manhattan and Long Island campuses. Her research interests include career development and college readiness. Prior to becoming a school counselor educator, she worked as an elementary and middle school counselor in Washington.

Schedule: Full day training; 0.6 CEUs available to attendees

Cost: $2,500* for full day
*In circumstances requiring extensive travel arrangements, additional fees may apply.  

To bring this professional development workshop to your district, e-mail Jennifer Walsh