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Career Planning

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New Pathways to Post-Secondary Success

Career planning is nothing new to educators, especially here in Massachusetts. The ongoing efforts of our Commonwealth's education departments, in partnership with organizations like the Massachusetts School Counselors Association (MASCA) and the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA), continue to set, manage, and improve the standards for the high-quality resources that Massachusetts students require in order to truly attain "college and career ready" status.

In recent years, a growing body of projects and leadership initiatives, like the Readiness Project, Vision Project, College Access Challenge Grant, Race to the Top, and Governor Patrick's STEM Council, have helped influence Massachusetts' strategy — all advocating for additional and earlier college and career planning programs to help students both build multiple pathways to post-secondary success and be college and career ready.

Why YourPlanForTheFuture?

Because YourPlanForTheFuture offers post-secondary planning tools that both ease and support a school's engagement of students in the post-secondary planning processes! Whether a student's pathway will require a four-year college degree, a two-year degree or other professional credential, or even if he or she intends to enter the workforce post-high school graduation, YourPlanForTheFuture is or can be a comprehensive, online toolkit.

More than 71 high schools across the Commonwealth have adopted YourPlanForTheFuture as their college and career planning solution in order to leverage:

  • DATA-DRIVEN counselor management tools which integrate directly with the school's student information system
  • REAL-TIME PROGRESS TRACKING of student progress via intuitive task-completion dashboards
  • E-COMMUNICATION tools to keep students and parents in the loop about progress, upcoming events, and important deadlines
  • DYNAMIC interest assessment, goal management, resume, college search, career plan, and financial aid tools to engage students

YourPlanForTheFuture is a key component of Massachusetts' Race to the Top strategy, with built-in solutions that support the completion of MassCore and Massachusetts Career Benchmarks (Massachusetts Model for School Counseling) and increase in the number of students completing advanced placement math and science courses.

What They're Saying:

"Recent studies have shown that vocational technical schools are leading the Commonwealth's preparation of students for the 21st Century Economy, but YourPlanForCollege can help us further excel in this area by providing tools for early interest and career exploration in a collaborative environment that brings students and the key adults in their life together throughout this planning process."

John L.G. Bynoe III
Associate Commissioner Center for Student Support, Career and Education Services

Just the Facts

  • 80% of jobs created in the next decade will require math and science skills.
    A Plan for the Future, Massachusetts' Plan for Excellence in STEM Education
  • By 2018, more than one third of the 47 million jobs created will require an associate's degree or some post-secondary credential.
    Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century, Harvard Graduate School of Education, February 2011
  • Just 30% of high school graduates enrolling in a four-year degree will actually complete their degree by their mid-20s.
    Pathways to Prosperity: Meeting the Challenge of Preparing Young Americans for the 21st Century, Harvard Graduate School of Education, February 2011
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