Integrating career-based problem solving into academic courses and strengthening Career and Technical Education programs is critical to broaden participation in high-opportunity careers. Personal interest and experience are primary motivators to engagement in challenging coursework and demanding careers. More employer-educator partnerships should support the occupational identity development inherent in young people as a means to leverage career aspirations to inﬂuence secondary and post-secondary course taking outcomes. To learn more about the power of motivation see our Motivation Matters White Paper and our Executive Summary.
Professional Pathway Readiness
Evidence is mounting that those who have opportunities to apply their academic skills to analyze, evaluate, create and communicate solutions to authentic job‐related performance tasks increase their interest in careers. This motivates them to enroll in more challenging and aligned courses, especially in STEM and advanced communication. Studies show that these high skills benefit all students, provide career advancement among many fields for all races and genders, and advance workers’ opportunities for economic security. See our professional pathway readiness White Paper.