As early as in elementary school, encouragement to explore careers starts early.
“There’s really a push right now in Indiana to prepare students toward career paths,” said student support advisor Christa Werling, the organizer of College Go! Week at Three Creeks Elementary School.
Werling continued to explain that career and college readiness curriculum is being introduced into all elementary schools in the area but they are not doing it all at the same time or in the same way.
According to teacher Rebecca Niermeyer, the emphasis on careers in elementary school is a good thing. “I feel it’s a good idea. Finding their interests will help them explore classes. They’ll be going to the middle school. … We need to plant the seed,” she said.
Niermeyer’s students will be writing an expression of their interests in careers and what skills they will bring to it.
Part of Werling’s approach is to give a personality test which sorts the group into different types of animals. Lions have common sense, beavers are analytic, golden retrievers are innovative, and otters have dynamic categories. Each category suggests career paths that would fit that personality type. According to Werling, each person has some of all four animals in them, but different animals predominate in different people.