Career Exploration

  • Successful careers begin early and they begin at home. Working together, parents and children should discuss what things children like to do and what jobs seem interesting. 

    • Parents need to raise awareness by talking to their young children about jobs in the neighborhood and community as well as what jobs family members do. 
    • Parents should encourage self-discovery, personal and academic growth in the early years. Children need to do their best in school and read books that are exciting and stimulating. 
    • All subjects in school are important to future careers. Reading, writing, computers, math, and science are especially important in today’s demanding careers.

    As children progress through middle school years (6-8), parents need to talk to their children more about jobs and careers and begin to explore

    • Together, families should use the career exploration tools provided below to discover what the specific career interests the children have.  Then, carefully explore the high schools to discover which programs would best prepare the child for that career. 
    • Choosing a high school program is not a final determination of a career, but it can further help the child explore and discover the specific careers and jobs that most interest them. Even if they learn they don’t like a career area, that is important to know too. 

    The high school years are where career preparation starts and continues from high school to colleges to on the job training with, industry certifications, professional reading, and advanced college degrees. Learning never ends, even once you have a job! 

    • In high school, as well as all other grades, reading, writing, computers, math, and science are very important and lead to career and technical classes.
    • Good work habits begin in school: Attendance, behavior, manners, and professionalism are all skills students can practice while in school and can take with them to work. Employers call them "Soft Skills."

    Before you jump to choosing a college; make sure you know what career you want to go into and what you need to learn. Watch this video for a better understanding of how and when to choose a college.

    There are free college and career readiness opportunities before you go off to college.  Check it out:

  • Xello is an interactive tool to help the student of all ages learn about themselves. It matches careers and develops a plan to help them reach their goals. This service is provided to all Stockton Unified School District students currently enrolled in school from grades K-Adult.

    From inside of the district:

    • log onto any Stockton Unified School District computer and find the Xello Link.
    • Enter your Stockton Unified School District Username: SUSD\ (7 digit ID#)
    • Enter your Date of birth: YYYYMMDD

    From outside of the district or this webpage:

    • Go to Stockton Unified School District's website
    • Find the "Families" drop-down menu at the top
    • Then click "For Students" to view the quick links
    • Or click here to go straight there. Then:
      • Enter your Stockton Unified School District Username: SUSD\ (7 digit ID#)
      • Enter your Date of birth: YYYYMMDD
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