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Career Development Standards

Career Prep 

Students who are prepared life after high school will be well versed in the functional skills that will prepare them for independent adult life outside of school.

Career Development (CD)


Standard 1: Students will develop a plan for achieving independence.

Students will:

CD1.1. Strive Toward Self-Actualization

a)     Identify important characteristics for personal growth

b)     List elements necessary for a satisfactory personal life

c)      Identify sources for continued educational/psychological growth

CD1.2. Demonstrate Self-Organization         

a)     Develop plan of daily activities

b)     Identify areas of responsibility in personal life

c)     Identify reasons for organizing one’s responsibilities/activities

d)     Develop ways in which personal organization relates to greater independence

CD1.3. Demonstrate Awareness of how One’s Behavior Affects Others

a)     List ways in which behavior affects others around us

b)     List appropriate behaviors for a variety of situations

c)     List different cues elicited by others that behavior is inappropriate

d)     List ways to correct inappropriate behavior

Standard 2: Students will demonstrate effective communication strategies.

Students will:

CD2.1. Recognize and respond to emergency situations

a)     Identify sights and sounds of emergency situations

b)     Identify appropriate authorities to contact in emergency situations

c)     Describe personal communication indicating emergency situations

d)     List personal responsibilities in emergency situation

CD2.2. Communicate with Understanding

a)     Demonstrate a variety of verbal expression related to communication

b)     Identify and demonstrate methods of speaking appropriately in a social conversation

c)     Demonstrate proper use of telephone

d)     Demonstrate appropriate volume and intensity in conversation

CD2.3. Know Subtleties of Communication

a)     Identify nonverbal elements of communication

b)     Identify verbal expressions that correspond to feelings

c)     Identify verbal expressions that are inconsistent with feelings

d)     Demonstrate verbal and nonverbal elements of communication


Standard 3: Students will know and explore occupational possibilities.  

Students will:

CD3.1. Identify Remunerative Aspects of Work

a)     Identify why some jobs pay better than others

b)     Discuss personal needs that are met through wages

c)     Discuss positive and negative aspects of different kinds of wages

CD3.2. Locate Sources of Occupational and Training Information

a)     List sources of occupation information

b)     Use occupation information sources to demonstrate how to obtain information specific to a job

c)     Locate sources of training information

d)     Identify one kind of information provided by training information

CD3.3. Identify Personal Values Met Through Work

a)     List an economic reason to work at a job

b)     Identify how a job affects building personal and social relationships

c)     Identify personal needs that can be met through work

d)     Describe how work relates to one’s self- esteem

CD3.4. Identify Social Values Met Through Work

a)     Identify ways in which individual workers help society

b)     Identify ways in which members of a specific occupation contribute to society

c)     Identify ways in which workers on different jobs are interdependent

d)     Describe ways society rewards different occupations

CD 3.5. Classify Jobs into Occupational Categories

a)     Locate jobs using yellow pages and want ads

b)     Locate occupational categories and sort jobs into different occupational categories

c)     Locate information about job classifications

d)     List major categories of job related to interest

e)     List general job categories

f)      Locate training requirements and wages for common job classifications


Standard 4: Students will select and plan occupational choices.

Students will:

CD4.1. Make Realistic Occupational Choices

a)     Identify jobs of interest

b)     Obtain specific information about jobs of interest

c)     Obtain specific information about the above jobs through participation (e.g., on-site visits, work samples, job tryouts)

d)     Identify a job of interest that is commensurate with interests and abilities.

CD4.2. Identify Requirements of Appropriate and Available Jobs

a)     Identify the availability and locations of jobs  

b)     List specific job-related requirements

c)     Identify an alternative for each occupation for which personal qualifications are not commensurate with identified requirements

CD4.3. Identify Major Occupational Aptitudes

a)     Identify different aptitudes necessary in the performance of various jobs

b)     Identify personal aptitudes

c)     Identify activities which could improve personal aptitude necessary for a perfect job

CD4.4. Identify Major Occupation Interests

a)     Identify occupational categories of interest

b)     Rank area of personal interest in order of importance in finding occupation

c)     Identify how interests relate to jobs

d)     Describe ways the chosen job of interest relates to future personal goals

 CD4.5. Identify Major Occupational Needs 

a)     Identify needs that can be met through one’s occupation and rank them in order of personal preference

b)     Identify personal-social needs met through work

c)     Name status needs met through work

d)     Identify factors that the student needs in a personal occupational environment

e)     Identify the most personally satisfying aspects and the least satisfying aspects about a given job

f)      Identify criteria one would use in selecting an occupation