Alaska Career Ready can help you do these things and more! Did you know that chances are you will need additional training after high school and throughout your work life in order to earn a living wage? Alaska Career Ready emphasizes work-related academic skills that help people become good learners in any occupation and at any educational level.
With Alaska Career Ready, you will know what skills employers want and be able to practice these skills at school or at home using an easy computer-based program. It's free! For more information, please contact your school's principal or guidance counselor. Any public school student in Alaska may use the software at no charge.
For high school juniors, Alaska Career Ready offers a group of assessments called WorkKeys that allow you to demonstrate your skills and give you the opportunity to earn a National Career Readiness Certificate. You will take these assessments during your junior year in high school--talk to your principal or guidance counselor for testing dates for your school. Note: ALL Alaska school districts will be required to give the assessments to juniors beginning in the 2010-2011 school year. Here is more information about the WorkKeys skills.
Talk to your parents, teachers, and school counselor about your interests and abilities. Explore careers during elementary and middle school. Take courses that will prepare you to achieve your career goals.
They are workplace "foundational" skills that are needed for virtually all occupations and at any level of education. The three major skill areas in Alaska Career Ready are:
Applied Mathematics — measures
the skills people use when they apply mathematical reasoning, critical
thinking, and problem-solving techniques to work-related problems. The
test questions require the examinee to set up and solve the types of
problems and do the types of calculations that actually occur in the
workplace. This test is designed to be taken with a calculator. A formula
sheet that includes all formulas required for the assessment is provided.
While individuals may use calculators and conversion tables to help
with the problems, they still need to use math skills to think them
For more details on these skills, please see the WorkKeys skills webpage.
Alaskan employers developed a list of workplace skills and summarized them in a poster called "Want a Great Career? Alaskan Employers Expect:". The items are grouped into three categories: Skills, Attitudes, and Work Ethic. Use school and home to practice these skills, attitudes, and values to prepare you for success in any job.
There are many ways to explore different careers.
Not sure where to find career information? Here are some starters:
Contact Shari Paul at the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development