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Career Exploration

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Hi Students!  

My name is Mrs. Swygert and I'm the Career Specialist here at Fulmer.  

During your time at Fulmer, you will be exploring careers in a variety of ways:   

 through classroom career lessons, career assessments, school-wide events & activities, morning

 news segments, district-wide College and Career Readiness days, guest career speakers, 

bulletin board displays, and Job Shadowing days!


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Career Development Steps for Middle-Schoolers:

  1. Self-Awareness (career & personal assessments)

  2. Career Exploration (classroom career guidance, career website exploration)

  3. Educational and Career Planning (8th grade IGP - Individual Graduation Plan meeting)


What exactly IS Career Exploration, anyway?

Career Exploration is the process of...
  • learning about yourself and the world of work
  • identifying and exploring potentially satisfying occupations
  • developing an effective strategy to realize your goals


Why do I need to explore careers?  I'm only in middle school!!!

The SC Education and Economic Development Act (EEDA) of 2005 was designed to give South Carolina students the educational tools they need to build prosperous, successful futures. 

The implementation of this law created a new vision for how students would plan for their futures.  The concept of planning ahead is at the core of the EEDA legislation.  The goal is to connect academic studies with the world of work.  Career goals of middle school students tend to be more realistic than those of elementary students and begin to reflect values and skills as well as interests.  The expected outcome is for students to transition smoothly from middle school to high school and then to post secondary education and/or the workplace.  

Before studeusternts register for high school courses during the second semester of their 8th grade year, they and their parents will sit down with either Mrs. Brewton or myself to develop an Individual Graduation Plan (IGP) to guide them through their next four years.  During IGP conferences, students will have the opportunity to choose a cluster of study based upon their interests.  


  The 16 Career Clusters, as identified by 

the U.S. Dept. of Education:

** Click on the icon for in-depth information on any Career Cluster! **



A few cool links for CAREER Exploration:

    *Developed by SCETV for the South Carolina student to explore everything!

          *This is one of my favorite sites for ideas, and has a 6th-8th grade section.

            *Career assessment, career videos, budgeting activity...kind of like SCOIS, but for California.

           *Search careers on any level: “I want to be a…,” “I’ll know it when I see it,” or “I’m not really sure.” 

           *Easy first resume 



Helpful Career-Related  Sites for Fulmer students:
Click on any box below to explore!

TOP LEFT:  Exploring Careers
TOP RIGHT:  Personality Types and Career Assessments
BOTTOM LEFT:  Getting a job! Resumes, Cover Letters, Thank You notes, Common Mistakes
BOTTOM RIGHT:  Sites related to Middle School & High School testing and going to High School