Career and Education Development enables all students to make connections and develop the knowledge, skills and behaviors that can provide for their own success in work, study, and life. Lifelong employment with a single employer has virtually vanished. Success today is increasingly dependent on a sophisticated knowledge base, the ability to enhance that base, collaborate, self-direct and adapt to change. Individuals will need to alter their goals and decisions over their lifetimes in relation to school and workplace requirements and personal responsibilities.
Career and Education Development encompasses three stages of development beginning with career awareness which lays a foundation for students to formulate career aspirations. As students begin to identify their interests, they can learn more about specific career options through career exploration. Career immersion is the final stage of development and students participate directly in career-related tasks. As part of Career and Education Development, students must see education in a variety of forms as a continuous lifelong process that will prepare them for and make them adaptable in a complex, information-rich and fast-changing world.