Career education commands global attention and how! Right from the Victorian Government to David Gonski’s federal review— career education has actually emerged as a critical part of very important scheme of things. Today, however, some of the greatest – most notable educators out there opine that career education is all geared for major overhaul. For all these years, it has been largely about schools creating in-house job centres for the students.
What’s the big deal about Career Education?
As per old school practices, career education can actually wait till students reach that juncture in their academic life when they are about to select their favorite subject or for that matter when they are in the midst of key transitioning points. However, modern educators are evidently against this approach.
According to them career education should not really be about putting off career advice being put off till a little late. For them, the whole process has actually very little to do about careers but more about creating a façade of providing career advice to each and every student out there. What the old system had failed to realize is that quality career education should ideally never be about matching interests of students with subjects but actually about helping them make better decisions. It is about a way too tougher ask—whereby schools are supposed to identify the bias’s in student decisions. What more? It is also about constantly evaluating decisions and the information received so as to ascertain that teachers are on track to guide students only in the right path as far as their careers are concerned.
Career Education: The Flaws Identified and Suggestions Offered
The need for organizing programs around career clusters has been duly prioritized – more intensely than ever before. It has been pointed out that students at large should be duly aware of the kind of skill sets demanded by most of the workplaces out there:
- Career specific skills complying with a chosen career cluster
- Enviable academic grasp including in Mathematics, English language arts, computer skills
- Definitive virtues including honesty, integrity and responsibility
Notably, it is the U.S. Department of Education Office of Vocational and Adult Education which has actually broadly categorized sixteen career clusters that are clearly leading the changes that are going to shape “New Education”:
- Architecture and Construction
- Agriculture and Natural Resources
- Business and Administration
- Information Technology
- Education and Training
- Human Services
- Law and Public Safety
- Hospitality and Tourism
- Arts, Audiovisual Technology and Communications
- Health Science
- Retail/Wholesale Sales and Services
- Hospitality and Tourism
- Transportation, distribution and logistics
- Scientific Research/Engineering
Mentioned above are the sixteen clusters that are most likely to emerge at the forefront of career education. It has been opined that vocational education should combine these career clusters and the virtues as have been mentioned in the post.
There is definite need to approach this concept in a more systematic fashion. Hope this post has been of value.