Career Decisions Start Earlier for Students


Local school officials say it's never to early to talk to your kids about their future careers.

Eighth graders heard about the classes they'll be able to take in the next four years Monday night. Some are brand new to Grand Island Senior High come this fall, with even more offered the following spring.

"We've never had as many options as we have now," said Dave Woods, GISH director of guidance & counseling. "The opportunities can be overwhelming at times and that's why we have an evening like tonight."

Senior High's open house isn't something Tori Peers was able to participate in four year ago, but she has taken advantage of the classes they're promoting.

"I've taken pretty much every medical course, college course that you can take here at Senior High," said the senior.

Monday, as she helped with the open house, Peers still learned something new – a job shadowing opportunity.

It's another activity she knows will give her an advantage after graduation.

"Everything opens another door that many schools don't offer," said Peers.

But do these early decisions mean more pressure for students? Peers that wasn't the case for her. Woods said there's always time for students to change their mind.

"New research says when a student is in college they will change their major nine times, so flexibility is going to be the key to anything," he said.

But, for those who've made up their mind, starting early could mean less work later.

"Like if you want to take our college level automotive class you have to start that pathway soon so that you can get there. Now if you make a decision late there's still some preparatory that you can do, but obviously you're not going to have as much time to go down those pathways," said Woods.

He said there's a lot of interest from these incoming students in the new Career Pathways Institute.