by Tanvir Kaur on 13 Dec, 2022
Career exploration is important for students to plan for their future and feel secure. But, how do we increase the effectiveness of career exploration or career development? The answer is self-awareness and opportunity awareness!
Preparing for life after high school can be stressful and confusing as students get exposed to different future pathways. This is where self-awareness and opportunity awareness will help students navigate through all available pathways and effectively plan ahead for their life after high school!
Self-awareness is defined as “Conscious knowledge of one’s own character, feelings, motives and desires.” It is a lifelong process of thoughtful reflection. Students with self-awareness are conscious of their likes, dislikes, what they’re interested in, what brings them happiness, and more. Giving students a chance to reflect on themselves through the exploration of opportunities can help expand their self-awareness and provide new insight into their futures.
Benefits of self-awareness:
Opportunity awareness is knowing when to seize an opportunity for growth and improvement. Students who are aware of available post-secondary opportunities can make more informed decisions about their future. It assists students with performance planning and development as they concentrate their actions in the direction of opportunity. As a result, students can also set realistic expectations about an opportunity or career option.
The analysis of one's self and opportunities helps students make informed decisions. Here are some tips to improve awareness among students;
ChatterHigh offers a personalized exploratory experience that allows students to dig deeper into their areas of interest while also being exposed to myriad possibilities. By participating in career exploration, like through our daily quiz, students can learn about a variety of future opportunities. Early career exploration helps students have improved self-awareness and opportunity awareness. For further reading, you can check out our previous article to learn about the benefits of early career exploration for students.
ChatterHigh’s goal is to help students engage in divergent career exploration, so they are aware of different opportunities to make informed decisions. The Daily Quiz allows students to explore career and post-secondary options, as well as health, financial literacy, and labour market resources. Each question is accompanied by a research link to assist students in finding the answer while allowing them to become acquainted with the real-world research process.
To boost engagement and motivation among students, Chatterhigh offers competitions and challenges. We host both national and regional competitions throughout the year. Competitions can be based on the Daily Quiz or specific Modules.
In collaboration with Let’s Talk Science, Skills Canada, and Engineers Canada, ChatterHigh hosts the national Let’s Talk Careers Competition. In this competition, students compete for individual student bursaries and school-wide prizes by answering questions in our Daily Quiz. Check out our live competitions here for information on upcoming competitions and learn more about how they work by checking out our previous article, “Everything you need to know about ChatterHigh Competitions."