Students who do not plan to attend college should begin preparing for their career while in high school. The average individual will work 40 or more hours per week, 50 weeks a year, from about age 20 until retirement. That adds up to over 90,000 hours over a lifetime!
All students are encouraged to explore their career options by identifying their goals, interests, and skills, which will help them focus on the careers for which they are best suited. Maia Learning is a program utilized at Westmont High School to assist students, beginning in sophomore year, to research career possibilities. Additionally, WHS partners with the Technology Center of DuPage which could be an option for some students their junior and/or senior year.
For more excellent career information, visit the links below.
Technology Center of DuPage
Technology Center of DuPage (TCD) offers DuPage County area high school juniors and seniors 21 career and technical education programs (CTE) as part of their high school curriculum. Its mission is to provide an education environment that supports and encourages individual learning styles, develops occupational skills and professionalism, promotes academic growth, and assists students in discovering their potential. In addition to high school credit, TCD students may concurrently earn college credit, simply by enrolling at no cost with College of DuPage during the designated timeframe. (source: http://www.tcdupage.org/domain/60)
Occupational Outlook Handbook
The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, provides information on thousands of careers. The information available includes working environment, pay estimations, level of education required, and the projected rate of growth or decline for that particular job.