Full course description
Providing accurate and current information and expert opinions is crucial in the career coaching process. Career Navigators must be adept at researching occupations, regional labor market data, and training programs. They should use their research to guide students’ goal setting and facilitate their identification of an appropriate career pathway. This course will begin by defining key terms such as occupational information and Labor Market Information (LMI.) This is important information to include in career exploration and includes:
- Local labor market trends and projections (entry level wages, expected job openings, industry growth)
- Education and training required to enter an occupation
- Training formats and methods
- Opportunities for career advancement
- Day-to-day work environments and settings
- Typical work duties, tasks, and responsibilities
- Physical requirements of occupations
- Potential prohibiting factors for employment
Trainees will explore both national and state resources for accessing LMI and methods to incorporate this information into effective career navigation sessions. We will review strength-based strategies to share information and guide students in evaluating their career and educational goals realistically. Trainees will explore important regional labor market data and learn ways to leverage partnerships with MichiganWorks! Service Centers to access local employment trends and in-demand industry information.
Adult Education Career Navigators and professionals who will be providing career and academic coaching services to adult education students.
By the completion of this professional development offering, trainees should be able to:
- Define the terms occupational information, in-demand industry, and Labor Market Data.
- Discuss the benefits of including Labor Market Data and occupational information in career coaching sessions.
- Summarize the 3-I Process of Career Coaching.
- Describe strength-based strategies to guide career exploration with students.
- Synthesize labor market information and occupational data to guide effective goal setting with students.
- Research local and regional in-demand industries and occupational information.
- Analyze how to use labor market data and occupational information to inform student goal setting.
- Describe services provided by local MichiganWorks! Service Centers.
- Discuss best practices to leverage MichiganWorks! Service Centers’ experienced staff to ensure students have access regional in-demand industry information and training opportunities.
- Demonstrate the effective use of labor market data and occupational information in the 3-I Process of Career Coaching.
- Discuss the benefits and challenges of providing expert opinions.
- Identify action steps to continue to develop and strengthen research competency.
3 hours (asynchronous instruction)
After meeting the requirements of this course, participants may be eligible to receive 3 hours of Continuing Education (SCECH) Credits that will fulfill the state licensure requirement for either teachers or counselors.
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