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National Occupational Information Coordinating Committee

High School Student Competencies and Indicators

Self-Knowledge

COMPETENCY I: Understanding the influence of a positive self-concept.

Identify and appreciate personal interests, abilities and skills.
Demonstrate the ability to use peer feedback.
Demonstrate an understanding of how individual characteristics relate to achieving personal, social, educational, and career goals.
Demonstrate an understanding of environmental influences on one's behaviors.
Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between personal behavior and self-concept.

COMPETENCY II: Skills to interact positively with others.

Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills.
Demonstrate interpersonal skills required for working with and for others.
Describe appropriate employer and employee interactions in various situations.
Demonstrate how to express feelings, reactions, and ideas in an appropriate manner.

COMPETENCY III: Understanding the impact of growth and development.

Describe how developmental changes affect physical and mental health.
Describe the effect of emotional and physical health on career decisions
Describe healthy ways of dealing with stress.
Demonstrate behaviors that maintain physical and mental health.

Educational and
Occupational
Exploration

COMPETENCY IV: Understanding the relationship between educational achievement and career planning.

Demonstrate how to apply academic and vocational skills to achieve personal goals.
Describe the relationship of academic and vocational skills to personal interests.
Describe how education relates to the selection of college majors, further training, and/or entry into the job market.
Demonstrate transferable skills that can apply to a variety of occupations and changing occupational requirements.
Describe how learning skills are required in the workplace.

COMPETENCY V: Understanding the need for positive attitudes toward work and learning.

Identify the positive contributions workers make to society.
Demonstrate knowledge of the social significance of various occupations.
Demonstrate a positive attitude toward work.
Demonstrate learning habits and skills that can be used in various educational situations.
Demonstrate positive work attitudes and behaviors.

COMPETENCY VI: Skills to locate, evaluate and interpret career information.

Describe the educational requirements of various occupations
Demonstrate use of a range of resources (e.g. handbooks, career materials, labor market information, and computerized career information delivery systems)
Demonstrate knowledge of various classification systems that categorize occupations and industries
(e.g., Dictionary of Occupational Title)
Describe the concept of career ladders.
Describe the advantages and disadvantages of self employment as a career option.
Identify individuals in selected occupations as possible information resources, role models, or mentors.
Describe the impact of population, climate, and geographic location on occupational opportunities.

COMPETENCY VII: Skills to prepare to seek, obtain, maintain, and change jobs.

Demonstrate skills to locate, interpret, and use information about job openings and opportunities.
Demonstrate academic or vocational skills required for a full or part-time job.
Demonstrate skills and behaviors necessary for a successful job interview.
Demonstrate skills in preparing a resume and completing job applications.
Identify specific job openings.
Demonstrate employability skills necessary to obtain and maintain jobs.
Demonstrate skills to assess occupational opportunities (e.g., working conditions, benefits, and opportunities for change).
Describe placement services available to make the transition from high school to civilian employment, the armed service, or post-secondary education/training.
Demonstrate an understanding that job opportunities often require relocation.
Demonstrate skills necessary to function as a consumer and manager of financial resources.

COMPETENCY VIII: Understanding how societal needs and functions influence the nature and structure of work.

Describe the effect of work on lifestyles.
Describe how society's needs and functions affect the supply of goods and services.
Describe how occupational and industrial trends relate to training and employment.
Demonstrate an understanding of the global economy and how it affects each individual.

Career Planning

COMPETENCY IX: Skills to make decisions.

Demonstrate responsibility for making tentative educational and occupational choices.
Identify alternatives in given decision-making situations.
Describe personal strengths and weaknesses in relationship to post-secondary education/training requirements.
Identify appropriate choices during high school that will lead to marketable skills for entry-level employment or advanced training.
Identify and complete required steps toward transition from high school entry into post-secondary education/training programs or work.
Identify steps to apply for and secure financial assistance for post-secondary education and training.

COMPETENCY X: Understanding the interrelationship of life roles.

Demonstrate knowledge of life stages.
Describe factors that determine lifestyles (e.g. socioeconomic status, culture, values, occupational choices, work habits).
Describe ways in which occupational choices may affect lifestyle.
Describe the contribution of work to a balanced and productive life.
Describe ways in which work, family, and leisure roles are interrelated.
Describe different career patterns and their potential effect on family patterns and lifestyle.
Describe the importance of leisure activities.
Demonstrate ways that occupational skills and knowledge can be acquired through leisure.

COMPETENCY XI: Understanding the continuous changes in male/female roles.

Identify factors that have influenced the changing career patterns of women and men.
Identify evidence of gender stereotyping and bias in educational programs and occupational settings.
Demonstrate attitudes, behaviors, and skills that contribute to eliminating gender bias and stereotyping.
Identify courses appropriate to tentative occupational choices.
Describe the advantages and problems of non-traditional occupations.

COMPETENCY XII: Skills in career planning.

Describe career plans that reflect the importance of lifelong learning.
Demonstrate knowledge of post-secondary vocational and academic programs.
Demonstrate knowledge that changes may require retraining of employees' skills.
Describe school and community resources to explore educational and occupational choices.
Describe the costs and benefits of self-employment.
Demonstrate occupational skills developed through volunteer experiences, part-time employment, or cooperative education programs.
Demonstrate skills necessary to compare education and job opportunities.
Develop an individual career plan, updating information from earlier plans and including tentative decisions to be implemented after high school.
Where Career Choices Addresses Specific NOICC Competencies

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Envisioning Your Future

       

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Why People Work, Everybody Works

   

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Defining Success

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Making Career Choices

               

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24-27

Personal Profile--- Identity

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28-29

Identifying Your Passions

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Work Value Survey

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38-45

Strength and Personality

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Skills & Aptitudes/Name That Skill

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Roles, Occupations & Vocations

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The Message Center

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56-59

Lifestyle/Maslow Triangle

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How Do You Want to Be Remembered?

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Components of Lifestyle

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64-71

Happiness is a Balanced Lifestyle, etc.

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What Cost This Lifestyle/Ivy Elm’s Story

   

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The Budget Exercise

     

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What Salary Will Support this Lifestyle

           

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Over Your Head/Hard Times Budget

           

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Some Sample Budgets

           

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102-103

Poverty/Poverty Statistics

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Money Isn't Everything

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Rewards and Sacrifices Stories

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You Win Some… Lose Some/Avocation Choices

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Commitment

     

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An Investment in Education… Yields Dividends for a Lifetime

     

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Ask Someone Who's Been There

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Easier Said Than Done

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Your Ideal Career

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Physical Settings

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Working Conditions

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Relationships at Work

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Psychological Rewards of Working

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Mixing Career and Family

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Financial Rewards

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Job Skills/Your Chart

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Consider Your Options

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Employee or Employer

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What About Status

   

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Career Research/Step One

         

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Bring in Your Identity

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Career Research/Survey

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Visualize Your Career

   

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The Shadow Program

         

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Involvement: Volunteering/Entry Level

     

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The Chemistry Test: Work Behavioral Styles

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Decision Making

     

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Identifying Choices

     

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Gathering Information

     

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Evaluating Choices

     

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Your Choices - Evaluating

     

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Making A Decision

       

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Keeping Your Options Open

       

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Tools for Solving Problems

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Setting Goals & Objectives

 

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Change Process Style

   

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Avoiding Detours and Roadblocks

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I Can't Do It Because/What's Your Excuse?

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They Did It in Spite of...

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Taking Responsibility

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Startling Statements

   

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Detours & Roadblocks Lifestyle Choices

   

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Is It Worth Staying in School

     

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The Economics of Bad Habits

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If You've Decided to Give Up Your Dream

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If You're a Woman

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Support for your Dream/If You Don't Think You Deserve It

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Anxiety Tolerance/Overcoming Fears

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10-Year Plan for Yorik (remedial plan)

 

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Taking Risks

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Getting Back on Track if You've Derailed

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Attitude is Everything

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The Six Es of Excellence

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Going for It ... Work Is an Aggressive Act

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You're the Boss/Work Ethic

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The Employee of the Twenty-first Century

 

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A Final Note on Attitude

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Getting Experience/Your Resume

           

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Finding a Job

           

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Conduct an Informal Interview

 

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Job Applications

           

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The Job Interview

 

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Dealing With Rejection

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Accepting A Job

 

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Making Connections/Mentors

 

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Where Do You Go From Here?

     

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Getting the Education or Training You Need

     

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Where Is It You Want to Go/Life Plan

     

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Delaying Gratification

 

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Facing Fears and Anxieties

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Your Plan

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