Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Career Cluster Trees

Happy Thursday Advisees!!!!

1) Warm up for today:
1) Draw a line - this is your grandparents' lives. Sketch in what, in general, they did (play, school, work, retire, etc.)
2) Draw a second line - this is your parents' lives. Sketch the same.
3) Draw a third line - this is you. What will your life look like?

2) Why Career Clusters?
Having one career for your entire life is becoming increasingly rare.
"According to the Labor Department, “the average person born in the later years of the baby boom held 10.5 jobs from age 18 to 40.” In 2006, the most recent year for which there are statistics, 54 million Americans, or 40 percent of the work force, left their jobs." - Alboher, NY Times
3) Visualizing Career Clusters:
Close your eyes. Think about what you are interested in right now. Then, dig deeper. What do you value? These are your career cluster's roots.What skills do you have or want to gain related to these values? Envision yourself rocking at those skills. This is your career cluster's trunk.Now, think about how the careers you are aiming toward fit with your interests, values, and skills. These are the main branches of your career cluster.Finally, think about all the careers that are related to those careers, skills, interests, and values. These are the leaves of your career cluster. 
Draw this tree. And keep in mind, that as you strengthen your skills, you have an infinite number of career options :-).

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