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 Career Readiness

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​What are you doing to help your students be
College and Career Ready?

Career development begins in kindergarten and is exemplified by students who are knowledgeable about multiple options and are prepared to succeed in any post-secondary experiences. Individuals define and re-define career-related choices and outcomes in a life-long process. Today, workers change jobs an average of every 4.2 years, according to a recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and that statistic varies depending upon the age of the worker and the industry. School Counselors are responsible for providing the tools, knowledge, and resources that young people along with their parents need to make these critical educational and career-related decisions.

Each year nearly 600,000 Georgia middle school and high school students participate in Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) courses offered by their local school district. These courses expose students to career pathways, teach them employability skills, and prepare them to enter the workforce, a university, a technical college, military service, and/or a registered apprenticeship. This vision-casting process focused on strengthening the opportunities, offerings, and outcomes for all Georgia CTAE students. In the fall of 2017, the Georgia Department of Education launched a strategic planning process to develop a five-year plan to guide the future of CTAE programs in Georgia. The inclusive strategic planning effort was guided by a steering committee made up of leaders from business, education, trade associations, and government.​​

​Key Career Components

The GaDOE has identified key components in an exemplary career readiness ​program in grades 6 through 12. These key components are:

  1. Career-related assessments
  2. Local school career centers
  3. Student education and career portfolio
  4. (IGP) Georgia Career Pathways: Individual Graduation Plan / Plan of Study
  5. (WBL) Career-Related Activities including work-based learning


Georgia Department of Labor, a state web site for obtaining local labor market information

Bureau of Statistics, a national web site with current labor market statistics

Occupation Supply and Demand - a career web site with information regarding high-wage, high-demand and high-skilled occupations in Georgia.

 Contact Information

Sheila McKeehan
Program Manager, 
School Counseling and Career Readiness
Career, Technical and Agricultural Education
Phone: 404-548-5475

 Career Development Links