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CTE Awareness Month, February 2019


Week 3: Career Exploration Begins with Self-Awareness

The more self-aware a student is, the easier it is for them to make decisions regarding their future. Facilitate conversations with students about careers and provide them with resources to make informed career decisions.

Did You Know?

“95% of people think they’re self-aware, but only 10-15% truly are.”
-Tasha Eurich, author of the book Insight.

“The most powerful thing you can do is to gently stop assuming you’re already self-aware.”
-Tasha Eurich, author of the book Insight.

By 2020, 65% of all jobs in the economy will require post-secondary education and training beyond high school. (Source: Georgetown University, Center on Education and the Workforce)

How Do You Encourage Self-Awareness in Your Child?

Career exploration first begins with self exploration. Self awareness empowers students to make changes that build on individual areas of strength as well as identify areas to improve. When speaking with your student, ask them questions that go beyond “What did you learn” such as the following:

  • Subject-specific questions like, “How did your science lab go today?” or “What part of the book you're reading in English resonated most with you?”
  • “What did you do today that you cannot wait to learn more about?”
  • “What doesn’t work for you? What did you learn about today that you didn’t enjoy?”

How Do You Encourage Career Awareness in Your Child?

Useful Links:

The Employment Development Department  
Labor and Workforce Development Agency
California Career Zone

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Terrell - Click for Video

"You don’t necessarily need to go directly into a four-year university... I have a fulfilling career now." –Terrell

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Visit the San Mateo County Office of Education's website to find out more about CTE Awareness Month.

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