Coaching Students in Career Exploration and Expanding Awareness of Nontraditional Careers


This course is for secondary or postsecondary teachers, counselors, career coaches, or others supporting students in career exploration. You will learn how to partner with students to explore a variety of career pathways, including those nontraditional by gender. Your students will benefit by gaining fresh perspectives on career options, enhanced decision-making skills, and increased confidence.

In this two-hour course, participants will:

  • Discover how to coach students in career exploration
  • Increase self and student awareness of nontraditional career options, including STEM
  • Empower students to base career choice on factors including interests and skills, not gender stereotypes

Participants will walk away with tips, tools, and strategies to coach students on career exploration and expand student awareness of diverse career options.

Complete a self-assessment and exercise. Total time required to complete is less than 30 minutes.

This course is offered once or twice a year, depending on level of interest.

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Date July 16, 2024 - July 16, 2024

Time 10:00 am ET - 12:00 pm ET

Day Tuesday

Type Video Conference

Faculty Joan Runnheim Olson, MS, PCC


While I didn't know what to expect from the Coaching Students in Career Exploration and Expanding Awareness of Nontraditional Careers course, I was very pleased only 2 hours later to have gained a solid insight into this topic. What stood out for me was the clear explanation Joan provided about what a nontraditional career is, the insight I gained from the awareness exercises about my own biases, the discussion about the barriers to students considering nontraditional careers and the statistics provided about nontraditional career earnings and gender. In addition, Joan provided a variety of coaching tools, techniques and approaches to working with students on this interesting and useful topic. By the time the session was finished, I felt that it was time and money well spent and have been enthusiastically recommending this course to my coaching colleagues.

- Sally S., ACC, BCC