When in senior school, the students as well as the parents have career exploration as the top priority. The children at this stage begin to explore all the options they can choose from, with the help of school counselors and teachers. But research has identified that middle school as a time when students can benefit the most from career exploration. Then why do the schools not adopt strategies for doing the same? Lack of funding, focus on the core academic courses and time constraints of the school counselors are a few reasons for not having this exercise in at the middle school level.
Why is career exploration desirable and even crucial at middle school? The reasons are as follows-
Self knowledge is a necessary first step towards decision making skills. Middle school children’s brains are receptive to developing the 21st century skills which include critical thinking, adaptability, problem solving, oral and written communications, collaboration, creativity, responsibility, professionalism, ethics and technology use.
So what kind of activities could be included in the middle school curriculum?
If schools are able to incorporate these activities it will benefit the children tremendously by increasing their motivation and enhance their job related skills and knowledge.