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Thursday, March 24, 2011, 10 am Pacific, 11 am Mountain, Noon Central, 1 pm EST, 6 pm Zurich, 7 pm Istanbul
Career Exploration for Middle and High School Students
California has created a suite of career exploration and planning resources through he California Career Resource Network (CalCRN). Prior to July 1, 2011, CalCRN was an independent state agency but as of July 1 is a program within the California Department of Education. This interview will provide an over view of CalCRN’s publicly created and supported resources.
John has served as Executive Director of the California Career Resource Network since May 2008. John has worked closely with the California Career Resource Network (CalCRN) since 1998, as both a nationally certified Real Game Series™ trainer and contributor to CalCRN resources such as the California Career Planning Guide and The Real Game California™. He has spent the past 18 years providing professional development training and resources to educators while working for the Sacramento County Office of Education, the California Department of Education, and the California Career Resource Network.
California Career Resource Network
1430 N. Street, Suite 4503
Zip: Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 323-6544 Fax: (916) 322-0842
Activity: Complete the Steps in the California Career Zone Workbook
CalCRN’s core career exploration resource is the California Career Zone. As preparation for this interview, listeners are invited to complete the steps described in the California Career Zone workbook that can be downloaded at www.cacareerzone.org... (view steps on pages 5 and 6).
CalCRN's home site ( www.californiacareers.info) has links to all CalCRN resources plus the PDFs noted below. The site has three entry points - Student - Educator - Job/Career Seeker (CalCRN is mandated via education code to serve all Californians, with a primary focus on middle and high school).
The California CareerZone (www.cacareerzone.org) is a web-based career exploration system providing three easy to use career assessment tools and information on over 900 California occupations. User account feature and free downloadable workbook (8 pages).
California Reality Check (www.californiarealitycheck.org) is an online budgeting exercise that links personal budget choices to occupations and education levels. Free downloadable workbook (8 pages).
The California Career Planning Guide (www.californiacareers.info... is a hard copy resource that guides students in developing a personal career action plan. (100 pages) Online English & Spanish full versions and English & Spanish text versions
The Real Game California (TRGC) (www.realgamecalifornia.org) is a classroom based career exploration curriculum. TRGC incorporates California-based economic and workforce information to help students acquire the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to be career self-managers for life. By assuming adult roles, students learn about career options and life management skills and can see the relevance of their education to their life and future goals. Available via annual subscription.
Counselor’s Guide to Career Exploration Using CalCRN Resources www.californiacareers.info...
Guide to using CalCRN resources in a variety of student settings plus an online student survey to enable CalCRN and schools to hear from students about the impact of using these career exploration resources.
Find and Get the Right Job student guide www.californiacareers.info...
Find and Get the Right Job guides users through the necessary steps to: discover and detail skills, prepare a job search portfolio, create a job search plan, make contact with potential employers, and get through the interview.
Succeed at Work student guide www.californiacareers.info
Succeed At Work guides users through the first few days at a new job as well as providing tips for keeping that job.
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This is Dr. Sally Gelardin with Careerwell Tele-Interviews. Our guest today, John Merri-Coots, has served as Executive Director of the California Career Resource Network since May 2008. He has spent the past 18 years providing professional development training and resources to educators while working for the Sacramento County Office of Education, the California Department of Education, and the California Career Resource Network, which a program within the California Department of Education. Welcome John!
- What is CalCRN? (pronounce "calkern") and what is its origin?
- Why should our listeners, who are career practitioners from many settings, be interested in CalCRN? (include advisory committee members)
- How and why did you choose to serve as executive director of CalCRN?
- Who is its primary audience and why are career guidance efforts necessary?
- You mention the Harvard Graduate School of Education recent paper on goals for young people (SLIDE 4).
- How do the old to new paradigms relate to listeners on the phone and to you and me?
- Is there any evidence that helping folks make better career decisions makes a difference (SLIDE 6).
- How do National Career Development Guidelines relate to CalCRN? (SLIDE 7)
- What's the big picture of work and life? (SLIDE 8)
- What resources are available through the CalCRN website? (SLIDES 9 -21)
- What are your plans for the future of CalCRN? (SLIDE 22 - 23)
- If listeners have more questions, how can they contact you? (SLIDE 24)
Thank you John, for overviewing all the wonderful services the California Career Resource Network offers to California's schools and for shairing this information on your Careerwell Web Page and on the CalCRN website with listeners all around the country and world.
Upcoming April Tele-Interviews
- 4/7/11 Ken Keis, Why Aren't You More Like Me? Why Personal Style and Values are Foundational to Your's and Others' Success in Life
- 4/14/11 Fred Mandell, What the Great Masters Can Teach Us about Career Development and Change
- 4/28/11 Lynn Woolsey & Amy Critchett, Mother-Daughter Influences on Lifework Success