Facing certain choices regarding education and career paths can be challenging for individuals who struggle with navigation skills. Some individuals may find a mentor who can help guide them along their paths, while others end up satisfied and successful in the schools and jobs they choose on their own, but unfortunately, others may not. Individuals who find that they struggle with education and career choices may find solace in knowing that there are specific things they can do to better prepare themselves to set relevant, informed goals and strategies. These include understanding one’s interests, values, and skills; knowing the world of education and work; engaging in exploration, informed decision-making, and planning; and managing educational and occupational progress over time.
Research by ACT and others has demonstrated that education and career navigation contributes to a variety of positive results. Students, job seekers, and workers can each benefit, differently at various stages in their lives, from acquiring and using knowledge about themselves and their education or work environments to purposefully make better-informed choices, actively make plans, and succeed at achieving their education or career goals.
Read the report, Education and Career Navigation: Critical for Student Progress and Success Landing, to see how education and navigation skills benefit individuals at each stage of their education and career journeys and to read ACT’s policy recommendations on the topic. As a Midwest District workforce representative, WIB director Jasen Jones assisted in ACT’s National Steering Committee for State Organizations and ACT Public Affairs division as part of ACT’s new Holistic Framework.