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NEW WEBSITE ADDRESS IS WWW.MTHS.US

What do I want to be when I grow up? The age old question that does not necessarily have a clear-cut answer. “Career development” is a life long process.
Successful career planning requires knowledge about many careers and
insight into your interests, abilities, and work values.

 


Many high school students stress because they must choose “one job” that
they will have for a lifetime. However, in today’s world that is far from the
experience that most will encounter. At MTHS we strive to help students gain

skills and resources that will prepare them to make informed decisions,
resulting in a successful career path regardless of the direction they choose.

 

FRESHMEN

Incoming freshmen take the Explore exam for high school placement, which includes an assessment of interests. The students’ interests are grouped
in occupation clusters that match their interests. This helps students
start thinking about possible careers that might fit them.


9th graders also get a chance to experience “The Real World.” The Real World is a simulated activity in which students explore career opportunities and make lifestyle and budget choices similar to those adults face daily.

 

SOPHOMORES

Sophomores take the PLAN test, which provides a prediction of ACT scores.
Like the Explore exam, there is a portion where students survey their career interest. Students are encouraged to compare their occupation results of
both exams as a part of their career planning process.

Within their Communication class, students experience what it is like to
have a job interview. Students select an occupation, which they must
research and prepare for a one-on-one mock-interview. While fellow
classmates are being interviewed, students utilize “Career Cruising
to explore jobs and how careers match their interests and skills.

JUNIORS

In the junior year the ACT and PSAE exams are taken. The ACT provides
students with college entrance exam scores and an additional career
assessment. Students may notice a pattern of occupation clusters from
the Explore, PLAN, and ACT that may help direct them on a career path.
 

 SENIORS

A requirement for successful completion of Senior English is an
occupational study where students choose a career, research its
history, and job shadow/interview a practicing professional in the field.
Students use several resources to help them with this written project,
including Career Cruising, to fully develop their understanding of the career
they chose to study. The project also requires successful completion of
the career portfolio and resume through the Career Cruising program.
Career Cruising also offers students the opportunity to examine their
career goals and possibilities for continuing education both as
undergraduates or graduate students.


More Career Development

CAREER EXPLORATION SEM. 1 – 6101 (22151A000) SEM. 2 – 6102 (22151A000)

       Semester – 0.25 credit; All Classes; Prerequisite: None; Required course taken opposite Driver Education every other day. If a student did not take Driver Education at MTHS or has already taken Driver Education, this course may be taken opposite a study hall every other day.

Career development is definitely not limited to the above. The skills and knowledge students gain throughout each course taken at MTHS helps prepare them for the future. MTHS is fortunate to have a highly qualified staff and a broad range of vocational, work force learning, dual credit, and COOP classes, in addition to extracurricular activities, which allow students to explore their interest and skills.

This is a one-semester, every other day class in which students will be given opportunities to explore their interests, abilities, values and personalities as they relate to a choice of career. Students will examine and research those careers that match their individualities and those careers of interest to them. Students will then create their own personalized plan of study, which will cover their high school course selections, as well as prepare a plan of study for beyond high school (job, career or technical school, junior college, or four-year college). Career Cruising software will be used to build a personalized, electronic portfolio for each student. This portfolio can then be accessed throughout their high school and college years and beyond.

 MTHS is excited to promote its new career program students can use
at school and home, “Career Cruising.”  Career Cruising has four main
sections: Career Matchmaker, Explore Careers, Explore Colleges and
the Portfolio Tool (including resume building). Students will be utilizing
different sections in their studies at MTHS.

 
Parents, have fun with your child and take the “Career Matchmaker”
to see if your interests match with your occupation.

 
Go to: www.careercruising.com and enter Metamora High School's username and password:

Username: Metamora

Password: careers
  • To Create a Portfolio use the following:
    User name:
    • Use: firstname.middleinitial.lastname.mths (for example: Lisa A. Cooper would be: lisa.a.cooper.mths)
  • Password:
    • Use student ID #
 For further questions contact Mrs. Brown in the guidance office

In addition, MTHS offers the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) on a volunteer basis to students (sophomore-senior). The test provides valuable aptitude information that may help students with career choices. This test is typically offered in January and is free of charge. Students interested in taking this test should come to the guidance office.

Endnote for students!
 

 Your future begins with the choices you make today and everyday after.
Take every opportunity to explore your
interests, aptitude, values, and
personality. Your classes, extracurricular activities, hobbies, after school
jobs, and attitude all shape your future.  It is a powerful thing when you
realize that the choice is all yours! 


Some Outside Links:
www.careercruising.com  (Helps you target the right career for you)
www.careers.org ( Find the right education for your career goals)
www.careerplanning.about.com ( Profiles careers, how to make a career choice,
                                                      self assessments, matches skills to jobs)

www.illionoisworknet.com   ( Illinois website that links to job opportunities)
www.idesillinois.gov    (Il. Dept. of Employment website which gives
                                      career information and search for jobs
)



  
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