Career Exploration Phase – Students in the Middle Schools at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) enter the career exploration phase of the life-long process of career decision-making. This is when children begin to investigate the careers that are of interest to them. They learn the skills that are required and how to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to enter the career fields that appeal to them. This is when students explore their talents and determine how others are using similar skills and abilities in jobs. We assist students in identifying what they know about themselves, their values, and their interests. The world of work is explored through the use of career assessments, activities, and a variety of career resources.
FSDB provides career exploration education through a variety of methods, including:
- Keys to Success—students identify and apply soft skills in the academic setting such as effective communication, teamwork, respect, completing work, and responsibility.
- Career and Technical Education courses (Career Education Wheel)—students rotate through a variety of courses that help them develop knowledge of career opportunities.
- Integration of career education and academics
- Dragon 12 newscasting
- STEM Synergistic Lab (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
- Academic and career planning portfolio development
- Career Cluster Showcase
- Job shadowing opportunities
- Career Education Students of the Quarter
- Campus and community tours and presentations
- Guest speakers from various industry partners