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COVID-19 has created a difficult environment to educate students. Key support services like the monitoring of post-secondary goals can fall by the wayside as schools focus on providing their core education services remotely, in a hybrid environment, or in person with safety precautions.
We’ve put together a guide on how your team can make sure that even during remote, hybrid, or in-person education, your students will receive excellent career and post-secondary guidance.
It can be difficult to think about the future when day-to-day life feels uncertain. For students to stay motivated through day-to-day uncertainty their post-secondary goals should be top-of-mind.
A 2016 Journal of School Administration Research and Development study saw that 69% of the students that participated in the study made adequate growth after setting their goals compared to only 60% prior to implementing the practice. This study concludes by stating:
“The key to establishing goals that produce results is making them specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time sensitive. Furthermore, goals must be supported by a specific plan of action that outlines the steps to be taken to maximize success. Monitoring the progress of the plan ensures that activities being utilized are producing the desired outcomes. Lastly, celebrating the progress made by students reinforces the importance of effort and recognizes improvements.”
Setting post-secondary goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time sensitive; monitored for progress; and celebrated when progress has been made is the key to keeping academic engagement and graduation rates high.
Now is not the time to set aside or give up on your students’ post-secondary planning. You’ll want to make sure that times are being set aside to get students working on their future.
It’s vital that, if your school is going remote or hybrid, during this time students are thinking about their futures while completing their assigned coursework.
We recommend building in some of the ideas below into your classes and advisory periods to promote career and college planning with students.
Typically, students need triggers to reach out to their guidance counselors; selecting classes, requesting transcripts, and college recommendations.
A great way to engage students early is with career assessments. In a course or during an advisory period, update current career assessments or take them and examine results
Career assessments are key in helping students plan for their futures. If you’re unfamiliar with career assessments, take a look at our career assessment guide that details the different kinds.
Online resources, that are mobile-ready, will give you readily available and accessible ways of engaging your students and aid them in thinking about their career goals.
Below we put together a number of activities students can do on their own time and paced to best fit their schedules.
For students who may have more time outside of schools, now is the perfect time to gain some professional experience in the field they’re interested in.
For students who are focused on college after graduation, now is a great time to do preparation work.
Now is a good time to think about how you can move the needle for students without creating more of a burden on counselors and teachers. Two things we recommend are:
Do all your students know all the opportunities available to them in their area?
We find one of the biggest challenges facing districts and students is awareness gaps. There are large gaps between what is available to students and the opportunities in which they participate.
From CTE programs and apprenticeships to after school programs, communities often develop valuable resources for students that go underutilized.
Now is a good time to identify all of the opportunities, map them to careers, and recommend the correct opportunities to the right students based on their goals.
If you want to start to implement some or all of these strategies, but you’re concerned about increasing graduation rates and academic engagement without impacting staff work hours, now is the right time to schedule a meeting with Awato.