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9.3 Career Awareness, Exploration, and Preparation All students will apply knowledge about and engage in the process of career awareness, exploration, and preparation in order to navigate the globally competitive work environment of the information age.
B. Career Exploration
By the end of Grade 8
Content: Career exploration includes investigation of the contemporary workplace and an understanding of the relationships among personal abilities, education, and knowledge and skills needed to pursue 21st-century occupations and careers.

9.3.8.B.1 Develop a Personalized Student Learning Plan that includes information about career areas of interest with the assistance of adult mentors.
Content: Career exploration includes investigation of the contemporary workplace and an understanding of the relationships among personal abilities, education, and knowledge and skills needed to pursue 21st-century occupations and careers.

9.3.8.B.2 Identify common knowledge, skills, and abilities needed within the federal 16 Career Clusters.
Content: Career exploration includes investigation of the contemporary workplace and an understanding of the relationships among personal abilities, education, and knowledge and skills needed to pursue 21st-century occupations and careers.

9.3.8.B.3 Evaluate personal abilities, interests, and motivations and discuss how they might influence job and career selection.
Content: Career exploration includes investigation of the contemporary workplace and an understanding of the relationships among personal abilities, education, and knowledge and skills needed to pursue 21st-century occupations and careers.

9.3.8.B.4 Identify high school and county career and technical school courses and programs that support career or occupational areas of interest.
Content: Career exploration includes investigation of the contemporary workplace and an understanding of the relationships among personal abilities, education, and knowledge and skills needed to pursue 21st-century occupations and careers.

9.3.8.B.5 Use workplace readiness skills and career information learned from job shadowing, high school visits, speakers, volunteering, or other career exploration activities to assist with career exploration.
Content: Career exploration includes investigation of the contemporary workplace and an understanding of the relationships among personal abilities, education, and knowledge and skills needed to pursue 21st-century occupations and careers.

9.3.8.B.6 Evaluate communication, collaboration, and leadership skills and how they might be further developed in preparation for a future career through involvement in school, home, work, and extracurricular activities.
Content: Career exploration includes investigation of the contemporary workplace and an understanding of the relationships among personal abilities, education, and knowledge and skills needed to pursue 21st-century occupations and careers.

9.3.8.B.7 Explain what is meant by “jobs” and “careers,” and examine how each tends to be distributed regionally, nationally, and globally.
Content: Career exploration includes investigation of the contemporary workplace and an understanding of the relationships among personal abilities, education, and knowledge and skills needed to pursue 21st-century occupations and careers.

9.3.8.B.8 Compare and contrast how traditional and nontraditional occupational roles have changed or remained the same regionally, nationally, and globally.
Content: Career exploration includes investigation of the contemporary workplace and an understanding of the relationships among personal abilities, education, and knowledge and skills needed to pursue 21st-century occupations and careers.

9.3.8.B.9 Inventory the requirements for entering different career areas of interest using online job information, such as the federal Occupational Information Network (O*NET) or the New Jersey State Career Development Website, and determine why those requirements are needed for success in a chosen career.
Content: Career exploration includes investigation of the contemporary workplace and an understanding of the relationships among personal abilities, education, and knowledge and skills needed to pursue 21st-century occupations and careers.

9.3.8.B.10 Evaluate employment trends (including job outlook and wage trends) in areas of career interest using online resources, such as the federal Occupational Information Network (O*NET) or the New Jersey State Career Development Website.
Content: Career exploration includes investigation of the contemporary workplace and an understanding of the relationships among personal abilities, education, and knowledge and skills needed to pursue 21st-century occupations and careers.

9.3.8.B.11 Prepare a sample résumé and cover letter as part of an application for part-time or summer employment.
Content: Career exploration includes investigation of the contemporary workplace and an understanding of the relationships among personal abilities, education, and knowledge and skills needed to pursue 21st-century occupations and careers.

9.3.8.B.12 Explain how personal behavior, dress, attitudes, and other choices can impact the success or failure of a job applicant.
Content: State and federal agencies are responsible for regulating workplaces to ensure that employees are safe from harm and exploitation.

9.3.8.B.13 Locate information about working papers, including what is required to obtain them and who must sign them.
Content: State and federal agencies are responsible for regulating workplaces to ensure that employees are safe from harm and exploitation.

9.3.8.B.14 Use online state and federal agency resources to identify jobs that are permitted or prohibited for minors.
Content: Both employers and employees have professional, legal, and ethical responsibilities in the workplace and in the global marketplace.

9.3.8.B.15 Analyze a past or current local, national, or international incident that violated professional, legal, and/or ethical responsibilities in an employment setting, and explain the impact of the incident on employees and others.
Content: There is a relationship between personal behavior and employability.

9.3.8.B.16 Relate academic achievement, as represented by high school diplomas, college degrees, and industry credentials, to employability and to potential level of income.
Content: There is a relationship between personal behavior and employability.

9.3.8.B.17 Recognize that an individual’s online behavior (e.g., social networking, photo exchanges, video postings) may impact opportunities for employment or advancement.
Content: There is a relationship between personal behavior and employability.

9.3.8.B.18 Compare and contrast current and past employer hiring and employment practices related to substance use (e.g., tobacco, drugs, and alcohol).