Life and Career Ready

Galaxy image of the back of a woman standing on a vista looking out at the mountains in the distance with her arms raised above her head and her thumbs up. Text in picture:  The journey to becoming a thriving adult begins in childhood, continues for an entire lifetime, and is built upon life skills that bring together social, emotional, and cognitive acts of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses.

Career Development is not Isolated from Human Development 

What does it mean to be life and career ready? 

In our rapidly changing, globally connected world, with disruptive shifts from the rise of smart machines and systems, new communication tools, and a wealth of data influencing the way humans communicate and relate to one another,10 competencies are predicted to be necessary across different jobs and work settings in the next decade. To learn more about these 10 competences, read the 2020 Future Work Skills by the Institute for the Future 


Career Exploration Opportunities for Students 

1. The Maine Space Grant Consortium’s MERITS (STEM internship) program for high school students, has extended its application due date to January 31, 2022. 

The MERITS program supports a six-week paid summer internship for Maine high school students (current Juniors).  Please share with your students who might be interested in a paid, mentored internship experience working in a hands-on STEM project this summer.

More information and an application can be found and downloaded from our website at:

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Jana Hall

2. Tyler Technologies Maine App Challenge Accepting Submissions Now thru May 15, 2022

In cooperation with Project Login and Educate Maine, Tyler Technologies’ Maine App Challenge provides the opportunity for Maine students in middle school and high school  to explore the world of software design and development and hone their innovation skills. The University of Maine’s Foster Center for Innovation has joined forces with Tyler to offer students the opportunity to participate in a series of free virtual innovation workshops. The hope is that we can encourage high school students in Maine to engage early in STEAM activities so that they will be prepared for the highly technical jobs that will be available in the future. Tyler Technologies’  Maine App Challenge, provides students in Maine with the opportunity to win valuable prizes including college scholarships totaling $10,000 for developing a mobile application and a video to showcase its design.

For more information about the Maine App Challenge, including how students may submit a mobile app, check the frequently asked questions (FAQs) section  on the Maine App Challenge site first and if your question is not there you can either use the section reserved for new questions next to the FAQs or email directly to

3. Registration Open for ASA Solve Together Challenge

The "ASA Solve Together: Tomorrow's Leaders Tackling Today's Challenges" invites middle school students to adopt a career for the purpose of creating a solution in one of four broad areas: addressing climate change; creating a solution to a public health issue; building a colony on Mars; or tackling a "passion" project. The challenge is being run by American Student Assistance (ASA), which works on helping students understand college and career pathways, in partnership with the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE).

Teachers can enroll whole classes, create teams of up to five students each and choose the challenges for the teams to complete. Or students can self-register as teams, with adult support. During the challenge, the teams work through various phases (discovery, exploration, imagination, creation, and reflection) during which they learn more about different careers and develop their collaborative problem-solving skills. Once the team has finished the challenge, they submit a deliverable to showcase their work, such as an infographic, a presentation, podcast or video. Challenges will be judged based on creativity, career skills engagement and knowledge development.

Winning teams get $1,500 for first place, $1,000 for second place and $500 for third place. For teacher-run programs, the school is also eligible to win $10,000, $5,000 or $2,500.

Registration is required, and submissions will be accepted from January 3 through March 4,  via Solvably, a digital learning platform operated by MassiveU. Winners will be announced in April 2022. For more information about registration and submission, go to ASA Solve Together website.