Career Exploration: WHY it is important
Posted on March 12, 2021
Hi everyone. I’m Marcia Hultman, Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Labor and Regulation. As a former teacher, I’ve long known the importance of helping students make connections between classroom learning and the world of work.
I want to help students like yourselves understand WHY career exploration is so important. What you study in school sets an important stage for effective education and your future success.
While I was teaching English, I watched many students as they explored career options and made important decisions about their future. Their choices were not always for the right reasons or based on the best information.
Now, as a leader of workforce development efforts, I continually see examples and hear stories underlining the importance of making informed career decisions.
Employees in well-matched careers who enjoy their work and find personal value in it are generally more productive. Turnover resulting from employees discovering too late a field of work is not for them is difficult for employers who’ve invested time, money, and resources hiring and training them.
For young people and others choosing a career path, the investment in education and training is often costly. While there is always value in education, the return on investment is certainly better the more direct the path is to related employment.
Our state’s employers need workers in many occupations. They offer great opportunities for youth and others in our great state of South Dakota.
Resources to learn about these opportunities and make realistic, informed decisions about careers are invaluable. Our Labor Market Information Center has several career resources readily available. I encourage you to check out the Career Exploration and Planning Tools available on our website at dlr.sd.gov/lmic.
The tools include:
- Age-appropriate K-12 materials for downloading or printing, including fun career awareness booklets and activities.
- A career interest survey with extensive online resources for learning more about occupations of interest.
- Exploration of occupations by career cluster.
- Hot Careers in South Dakota and opportunities to learn more about them, including current job openings.
All resources are available at no charge online. I encourage parents to check out what’s available too.
Making informed career decisions is a win-win for South Dakota employers and individuals. It is vital to your success to make a positive impact on our communities and economy as both workers and citizens. Please visit dlr.sd.gov/lmic to learn more about our career planning and exploration tools.