What did you want to be when you grew up? My dreams ranged from a Dallas Cowboy to a “guy who wore a suit.” My education experience prepared me with essential academic skills. Unfortunately, counseling regarding a future career was limited.
A big part of the Wylie Way is an attempt to make school a place where kids can learn about and explore careers that allow them to “test drive” their future.
Wylie kids start in kindergarten with Map Your Future Mondays, which provides a career option delivered by our parents.
In addition to parent videos, beginning in junior high, students are exposed to what we call “career experiences” that feature the high school students enrolled in those classes. This drives awareness of possible career options that allow the classroom to mirror a career day experience. With 20 career videos per year, multiplied over nine years, our kids are exposed to 180 careers with us! (If you know someone with a unique career, send them this LINK for Map your Future videos.)
The magic begins in the ninth grade. #IhaveaplanWISD is our creation of Career Experiences within each endorsement area that allows our students to explore their interests and strengths while preparing for post-secondary goals. Our high school students have 33 career experience options and the possibility of earning a high school endorsement; some of our students earn multiple endorsements, and many earn industry certifications. The chances of a kid finding a future career they care about exploring are substantial!
These pathways bring relevance and purpose to school, connecting both a personal plan and a goal. Click the image below to view our full guide to Career Experiences.
To further our students’ understanding of the possible careers available, we have produced a growing library of videos highlighting the passion, requirements and potential paths to each career. Check them out; they are amazing!
#IhaveaplanWISD nights will be held on Monday, Jan. 30, at 6 p.m. at Wylie High School and Wylie East High School. We encourage all incoming freshmen and their families to attend their zoned high school.
Map your future in hopes of matching students with their strengths and passions with the perfect future career is the Wylie Way!
As an FYI for our eighth grade families: High school counselors will visit junior high campuses to help register incoming ninth grade students on the following dates:
- Burnett – Feb. 15
- McMillan – Feb. 16
- Cooper – Feb. 17