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Guidance Counselors Engage Business Partners in Career Development

Magazine article Techniques

Guidance Counselors Engage Business Partners in Career Development

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Business leaders across the country are emerging as valued partners to guidance counselors who are focused on student career development. Today, the teamwork of parents, business and community citizens working with students and educators is widely acknowledged as critical. From early stages of career awareness through preparation, counselors need the cooperation of many partners to meet the diverse career interests students are exploring. Classroom work alone is insufficient. Businesspersons can provide real-life experiences where the students can test their career interests, skills and work values, while the business entity has a wide opportunity for mutual benefits.

Businesses are opening their doors to provide classroom laboratory experiences. Businesses provide educational worksites for students to job shadow or work in an internship position. In addition, numerous businesspersons employ students on a part-time basis where the major focus is to obtain a supply of entry-level employees. With each of these worksite experiences, the business partner is able to enhance the skills necessary for young people to enter and advance in the job setting.

From a business partner's view, the worksite placement should be the result of a strong rationale. We, for instance, no longer accept job shadows or internships chosen at random. Businesspersons are investing many resources and expect the guidance counselor to apply leadership, professional skill and assessment information in the process. Counselors today are doing just that!

Wise counselors recognize that good decisions require reliable information, and this requires student involvement. In fact, the student, counselor and businesspersons are all partners in designing worksite opportunities within the career interest field of the student. Businesspersons rightfully expect the student applicant to be interested in their world of work and to have entry-level skills. This information is easy to obtain. Today, brief but reliable online career interest, skill and work values assessments are both accessible and affordable. Counselors need to provide assessments to help students understand their career interests, skills and values prior to finalizing worksite assignments. …

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