The Beacon High School Guidance Department works with each Beacon student to ensure that he or she leaves Beacon with a plan. Whether it’s enrollment at a four-year university, a few courses at a community college, an apprenticeship, a gap-year experience, or a smooth transition into full-time employment, the Beacon Guidance team can help students take their first steps beyond Beacon on solid footing.
The Career Exploration course
Students can enroll in the Career Exploration course at Beacon, where they will use the Guidance Department career exploration tools in conjunction with a creative curriculum that includes several off-campus visits to businesses and professional settings. Students learn from their direct interaction with working professionals from a variety industries and trades. Students gain exposure to exciting careers and learn how to navigate the potential paths to valuable experience.
The course is hosted in the Austen Room Career Center, where students also participate in interactive informational sessions on community service, summer opportunities, and college planning.
The Guidance team can provide students at Beacon High School with a several tools and helpful resources for career exploration and planning. In addition, we also recommend these free, web-based tools for career exploration:
The Massachusetts Career Information System (MassCIS) is free on-line to all Massachusetts residents by the Massachusetts Division of Career Services. MassCIS is designed to provide occupational and educational information to help people make better-informed career and school choices.
The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is an occupational database and set of career exploration tools for workers and students looking to find or change careers. O*NET is developed under the sponsorship of the US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).
CareerOneStop is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor and provides information and inspiration to job seekers, students, businesses, and career professionals.
Dr. Kit is an online resource where students can watch video interviews from professionals in a variety of career fields, learn about volunteering, and get helpful advice from real college students.