Exploring Careers (ICAP)

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The academic curriculum at MacLaren prepares students to create a future of their design including careers that continue to emerge. Beyond academics, students are best served by engaging in a purposeful exploration of the world of work, learning about the relationship between potential careers and their personal values, interests and strengths. At MacLaren, students will be introduced to concepts related to postsecondary planning through the postsecondary curriculum. In 2009, the State legislature passed legislation that introduces the concept of an Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP), a required element for all students in grades 9th-12th.

What Does an ICAP at MACLAREN involve?

The elements and activities included in a student's grade level ICAP help a student link the student's interests, current choices and achievements to his/her future opportunities in higher education and the world of work. The activities within the student's ICAP portfolio are designed to help the student define personal goals; identify personal strengths using career and interest surveys; and understand the benefit of planning ahead as well as maintaining an accurate record of personal information. Students will explore careers through learning about “career clusters,” accessing online career based videos, and will gain an understanding of the postsecondary education that a particular career might require.

A student's ICAP will be housed and maintained in the student’s personal account on College in Colorado. Students will update and complete tasks in their grade level MacLaren ICAP during monthly sessions. 

Each ICAP will include:

  • Four-year academic plan
  • ICAP Goals and Yearly Benchmarks
  • Standardized Test Scores
  • An ongoing record of extracurricular activities and achievements 
By Grade level, the ICAP may include:
  • Interest Survey Results
  • Career Interest Survey Results
  • Possible postsecondary institutions/pathways
  • Possible careers and majors
  • Financial Aid and Scholarship Information
  • Post-secondary Documentation
  • Record of student's college and post-secondary applications
  • Record of student's progress toward securing scholarships and financial aid

Perspectives from Employers:
The 21st Century Ready Skills that employers are looking for in future employees include:
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Information management
  • Collaboration skills
  • Self-direction
  • Invention (innovation)
  • The ability to apply all of the above!
Employers also observe that an individual's work ethic, facility in oral communications, and sense of social responsibility are factors in evaluating a new employee's ability to make a contribution to their organization. For more on the employer's perspective, watch this video!

Useful Resources for CAREER EXPLORATION

ASVAB Career Exploration Program
Once a student has taken the Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery, this site will assist with interpretation of the results and with consequent career exploration strategies.

Career Clusters Take a look at these graphs and learn about multiple careers that fall under a general category that you may have already identified.

Occupational Outlook Handbook  Explore career projections; earnings; descriptions; educational requirements.

O*Net Interest Profiler  Learn how your interests might relate to a number of careers

Career Zone Learn more about yourself as you complete these 3 self assessments: Interest Profiler; Skills Profiler; and Work Importance Profiler. 

Career One Stop Career exploration, training and jobs sponsored by the Dept. of Labor

Education Planner This site offers career assessments and much more!

What Can I do With a Major In? Explore the wide variety of careers that a college major will prepare you for.

Career Cornerstone Center  This site has a wealth of information about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Computing and Healthcare
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