What Are Career Pathways?

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While it might seem like the start of your career is lightyears away, it’s the decisions you make now that determine how fast you can reach your dream job. Career pathways are organized collections of programs that develop your core academic, technical, and employment skills to prepare you for a related career.

ASU Prep Digital offers a comprehensive selection of career pathways with concurrent courses, giving you steps you can take today to bring you closer to the career of your dreams. Here are four different areas of studies that offer career pathways you can start working toward now: 

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

Do you find yourself looking up at the sky, wondering what’s out there? Does math feel like an exciting puzzle with each new problem? Interests such as these can lead to a promising career in STEM. As it happens, ASU has developed a wide variety of majors that are in the STEM group of disciplines. Explore majors ranging from Biophysics to Earth and Environmental Studies. With so many to choose from, you are sure to find the pathway that’s right for you. 

When you enroll in concurrent courses like General Chemistry for Engineers or Introduction to Psychology, you’re bringing yourself that much closer to a university degree, without even a single step onto a college campus. In fact, by the time you’re a freshman you’ll have completed almost all of your first year courses! 

Health & Wellness

Are you an advocate for regular exercise and a balanced diet? Are you eager to assist those around you? A career in the health field may be the right one for you! ASU provides an assortment of career pathways related to Health and Wellness, such as Healthcare Coordination, Exercise and Wellness, and Public Health. 

Enroll in concurrent courses such as Human Development and Introduction to Global Health to get a taste of the advanced courses you’ll be taking as part of your university career in a Health & Wellness major. Not to mention, you’ll be earning university credit while completing several courses as a high school student.

Arts 

Is dancing your passion? Do your doodles take up more space on a page than class notes? If you have an artistic streak, ASU outlines several career pathways that’ll turn your art into a career. Explore a variety of pathways in the Art cluster including Art History, Digital Culture, and Dance. Through our Art History pathway, you’ll be able to complete enough concurrent courses to begin college with 10-12 courses already completed.

Business 

Do you spend your weekends watching Shark Tank? Do you dream of one day owning your own business? ASU has 30+ business and entrepreneurship majors that’ll have you on your way to being your own boss, including Sports Business, Finance, and Retail Management. 

Concurrent courses such as Introduction to Human Communication and Macroeconomic Principles will give you a strong foundation of business knowledge and an edge before entering a competitive university environment. When you’re a CEO one day, you’ll be patting yourself on the back for getting a head start on your career pathway while you were still in high school!

Your passions at this age can easily turn into your career in the future. Explore ASU Prep Digital’s vast assortment of concurrent courses and outlined career pathways to get started on turning your hobbies into a career. 

Looking for more information on concurrent enrollment at ASU Prep Digital? Check out these blog posts:

How to Turn Your Interest Into a Career

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When you think about your favorite activities, do you ever wonder if it’s possible to make a career out of them? In many cases you can! Hobbies like writing, exercising, and even playing video games lend themselves to jobs in fields such as journalism, nutrition, and engineering. But how do you begin to turn your interest into a career? Let’s explore a few ways:

Research different jobs related to your interests

Before you can choose a career based on things you like, you have to know what kind of jobs already exist. For example, a field like communications has a multitude of different career paths under its umbrella, including journalism, public relations, and social media management. A great way to begin your search is by taking a career quiz, and me3 is a good place to start! Me3 is an interactive major and career quiz that helps you craft a pathway from college major to future career based on your interests and passions.

Sign up for college courses that relate to your future career pathway

It’s no secret that the major you choose in college will prepare you for your future career, but who says you have to wait until freshman year to begin exploring classes? Taking college courses while you’re still in high school is an excellent way to get a head start on college and your future career. ASU Prep Digital pairs students with learning success coaches who will work with them to design their personalized career pathway based on their interests. From there, they can enroll in university courses through ASU and earn both high school and college credit simultaneously.

Begin treating your hobby like a job

When you want to get better at your job, you spend time researching, learning, and practicing. You can use the same mindset to turn your interest into a career! From podcasts and blogs to books and videos, there are so many resources at your disposal that can help you dive deeper into your future field right now! Even devoting just 30 minutes a day to educating yourself will make a huge difference and put you ahead of the competition. And for even more tips on taking that first step, check out this blog post.

Ready to start prepping for your future career? Schedule a call with an admissions advisor to learn more about ASU Prep Digital. And if you want to learn more about career pathways, check out the post below:

Four Areas of Interest You Can Turn Into Career Pathways

 

What is STEM?

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Do any of your students spend hours outside with a telescope on breezy nights, excitedly locating and pointing out constellations? Or devote a few hours every night to teaching themselves how to code, hoping to create their own website or app one day?

If so, they may have an interest and potential career path in STEM.

According to Live Science, STEM is a “curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.” While students can take separate classes in each of these four subjects, STEM education can also take an interdisciplinary approach and integrate all subjects to make it a cohesive learning experience.

Why is it so important?

Not only do students learn a handful of important skills in STEM courses, such as problem solving and critical thinking, but these jobs are also in high demand—and only becoming increasingly more important.

Last year, it was projected that 2.4 million STEM jobs would go unfulfilled. Meanwhile, from now until 2027, STEM jobs are expected to grow 13%. And if you’re wondering what jobs fall under the STEM umbrella, and how important they are, here are some examples:

  • Software Engineer
  • Pharmacy Technician 
  • Green Power Creator
  • Web Developer
  • Environmental Engineer

These jobs are crucial to sustaining and improving society as a whole, whether it’s finding ways to distribute information or discovering solutions to environmental issues.

How is STEM implemented in curriculum?

With the knowledge that STEM is significant to our success as a society, how do we make sure students are prepared to pursue a major and potential career in one of the many related fields? And more than that, how do we cultivate an interest in these subjects?

The first step is to make sure STEM is being integrated into your curriculum across the board. Chances are you offer science and math courses independently, but you can introduce key concepts and skills from STEM into classes you already have or partner with a virtual high school to provide more classes and expand your students’ opportunities.

But that’s not enough. The second and equally important step is to engage students. These subjects are not easy and there has been a declining interest in STEM over the last few years, making it harder to steer students in the direction of possibly pursuing a career in a related field. 

Schools like ASU Prep Digital use technology to keep students engaged and excited to learn, whether it’s launching a crew on a mission to Mars in their BioBeyond course, or taking virtual field trips. Giving students more virtual or hands-on activities enhances the learning experience and shows them how the concepts they’re mastering apply to real-world situations and careers.

STEM education is a vital part of every student’s education and introducing it in high school courses is a great way to pique their interest and encourage them to pursue it in future courses in college, and beyond.

 

Interested in learning more about how ASU Prep Digital incorporates STEM into their curriculum? Check out the career pathways students can explore within the STEM field and which courses are recommended for each major.

 

How Education Will Play a Crucial Role in the Future of Jobs

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Recent studies have shown that children will ultimately perform jobs that look and sound a lot different from the ones their parents had. New, unknown industries will be the engines of future job creation.

How can we prepare for a world that is both science fiction fantasy and reality at the same time? 

Education will play an important part.

When students use technology to practice timeless skills like creative and critical thinking, communication, and complex problem solving, they can adapt them to a rapidly changing job market. Resilience is formed by learning indispensable, foundational tools like these. 

Some areas that are predicted to expand in the future are Alternative Energy, Nursing, and Software Systems Development.

But imagine, students today will one day be performing jobs that don’t even exist yet! It’s an exciting time for them as they prepare for careers of the future.  

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The students at ASU Prep Digital use technology in innovative ways and have the opportunity to explore everything from robotics to artificial intelligence as they imagine what the future will bring.

Learning success coaches help each student plan a career pathway designed with the unique interests and passions of the learner in mind. Whether it’s Mechanical Engineering, Health Sciences, or Global Politics, a personalized pathway allows students to start earning credit toward their major and prepares them to meet the unique demands of a rapidly evolving world. 

Interested in enrolling your student? Check out our high school and university course catalogs, or schedule a call with an admissions advisor to get started.