Thinking about careers can be fun — but it is also important, particularly to students who are in their junior or senior year. Ultimately the goal at Sacred Heart School is to prepare students to be responsible and ready young adults who are socially aware, world-savvy, community-minded and equipped for life.
The Career Development course, taught by school counselor, Patrick Hart, is an elective designed to introduce junior and senior students to the world of career exploration and decision making. In this class, students explore their interests, skills, and needs to develop career goals. Students will gather information about careers and educational options in order to fulfill their career aspirations.
Their teacher, Patrick Hart, said that he was interested in teaching the class for a few reasons, “It is difficult to give ALL the class guidance required in high school. My thought process was that if I offered a semester course on Career Development, the students who wanted the course could take it as an elective.”
So far the students have been appreciative of the opportunity. Annika Thompson, a junior, is looking forward to taking the class next semester. “I know I want to be a paramedic and this class helps with careers.”
The course, now in its third year, has several objectives, which are individualized for each student: explore career options, identify self-values and personality type, identify interests and skills, gather information about colleges and grad schools, consider career decisions, select a major, and complete job searches.
With this in mind the students also complete sections on how to present yourself, writing a resume and cover letter, how to collect references, how to complete a job search and interview, and job advancement. A large area of focus within the course is on setting and reaching goals and how to develop a career network.
Once students have defined an area of interest, Hart helps connect them with individuals already working in that field. Hart has brought geologists, healthcare workers, designers, writers, police and others into his classroom as guest speakers.
Hart says that the course has a lot of flexibility. “Students should take the class to find out what they want to be, learn about what it takes to do that particular career, and learn if that career option is a good fit for them.“