When I Grow Up

The When I Grow Up career exploration curricula serve students, teachers, parents and the community of those in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grades. Each grade level curriculum is designed to cater to the needs of the students and those presenting the information at that level.


When I Grow Up

9–12 (High School) aims to place career decisions and knowledge in action through application. Students will rationalize career and education decisions to map thought processes and decision points along the way using the When I Grow Up Workbook, which can be self-directed or used in conjunction with 19 supportive lessons directed by a teacher or facilitator for larger groups of students.

Labor market information is highly integrated and therefore summarized in a customized list of high-skill, high-growth occupations and industries for the region. This list comes in booklet form and includes a list of jobs, called The Hard Facts, which teens often desire but may not be aware of the market reality.

Designed to serve the high school environment which does not always have personnel or time resources to delve deep into the career decision process, the workbook allows for students to consider their options through directed research and questioning to prepare educational and lifestyle decisions for later discussion and action. As part of this action, students are led through a series of modules on job search skills which help them apply their own identified skills and interests to the job search process. This includes consideration of social media presentation and attire.

Finally, each lesson and activity integrates practice of some or all of nine Employability Skills recognized by employers as the most needed traits for workplace success. These skills, often known as “soft skills,” were identified through cross-referencing of multiple nationwide surveys to employers on the topic of next generation hiring.

High-Skill, High-Growth Jobs

The Austin Metro Area Master Community Workforce Plan seeks to bring career awareness of high-skill, high-growth jobs in the Capital area. Workforce Solutions Capital Area regularly provides a list of careers currently in high demand along with careers that will be in demand in the future throughout the Capital area. By gathering information about these opportunities, you can find out which skills and certifications local employers need. This will give you the best chance to find a good job!

Read the High-Skill, High-Growth Jobs List (en Espanol).

Special thanks to the Workforce Solutions-Gulf Coast Workforce Board for the original development of the When I Grow Up program.

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