During the last two weeks of February and the first week in March all students at Cooper Academy will have had the opportunity to conduct independent research using California Career Zone (cacareerzone.org). This website allows students to explore careers in depth and begin to match possible career choices to their interests.
As part of this guidance lesson provided by the Counselor, students answered 180 questions about their current interests. They were then given an interest profile report and a list of occupations that match their interest profile. Students then began to independently research their potential careers. They read descriptions about each career, learned the education necessary to land a job in that field, the current average salary (as well as the low and high end salary figures) and watched videos showing exactly what each career had to offer.
Additionally, students were able to look up common college majors for each career and begin to explore colleges and universities that offered programs of study to prepare them for their potential career choices.
Each Cooper Academy scholar left with a username and password for California Career Zone that they can then use to access their profile and all the tools available to them at any time, anywhere.
Cooper Academy also has plan in the works to tally all the career interests our students have and work with our community and business partners to have a career fair with participants representative of the interests of all of our students.
For more information please visit www.cacareerzone.org