"My Career. My Life."
Everybody has something they want to be when they grow up.
"My Career. My Life." is a program designed to guide middle school students in the direction of careers that are most suited for them. Students take a short assessment about their likes and dislikes and learn their "My Career. My Life." career code made up of their top three Holland Codes: Artistic, Investigative, Enterprising, Realistic, Conventional and Social. By learning which three career codes best fit their personalities, students begin to understand what careers they may enjoy best. With their career codes in hand, students attend a Career Expo at their school to learn about the variety of internships available to them and select their internship. Students are matched with professionals in their desired fields of interest, providing social capital for their future success.
Our middle school students participate in 6 to 8-week internships; you might be wondering what can really be learned and accomplished in that time. Our Design Team internship was challenged to complete a make-over of the principal's office with a set budget that would both meet his professional needs and his style preferences. Our Paws Doc internship students learned about dog anatomy from head to tail and how to conduct wellness exams on real dogs and deliver the results orally to their humans. From learning how to start a business selling furniture made from used skis to how to become a chef or a peace officer, the kids in our programs gain real-world experience to help prepare them for future success.
Current Schools participating in "My Career. My Life." and session dates:
- Glenwood Springs Middle School (8th grade): October 5th - November 16th 2016
- Carbondale Middle School (6th grade): January 11th - February 22nd, 2017
- Basalt Middle School (6th grade): February 1st - March 15th, 2017
- Two Rivers Community School (6, 7, 8th grades): Dates for 2017 TBD
Internship offerings may include, but are not limited to: veterinary medicine, cosmetology, police work, interior design, architecture, small business, entrepreneurship, restaurant management and menu design, culinary arts, journalism, professional dance, art making and curating, ecology and rivers, personal training, event planning and management, martial arts and leadership, fashion design and chiropractic medicine.
Coaches meet with groups of 10 students at their school weekly for 1.5 hours for 6 - 8 weeks to complete a hands-on learning project within their career field. Coaches who successfully complete the program receive an optional cash award. For more information, please contact Associate Director Heather Hicks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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