Mapping out an education plan is all about taking full advantage of the opportunities available. Unfortunately, many students limit their view to the opportunities that are the easily available, readily accessible, and most traditional. They never take even one step out of their comfort zone as they look at the list of high school courses and decide what to take.
All students need to be encouraged and supported. Whether the student is male or female, there will be many opportunities to promote student success in nontraditional careers.
Awareness...Expanding Career Possibilities
Attitudes about which jobs are appropriate for women, and which jobs
are appropriate for men are the result of tradition and socialization. The vast majority of job requirements are unrelated to gender.
Primary Barriers for Men
- Unsupportive Attitudes
- Workplace Discrimination
- Lack of Proper Training
Primary Barriers for Women
- Child Care
- Lack of Career Information
- Sexual Harassment
AWARENESS STRATEGIES - PDF
TEACHER SELF ASSESSMENT - PDF
Recruitment...Challenging Students to be Different
A critical step in the recruitment of women and men into nontraditional careers is awareness about gender equity issues. Gender equity means ensuring fair treatment to both genders and the elimination of career stereotypes and bias. This requires a thorough examination of recruitment and instructional materials and an environment this is bias free. It is important to remember that all learners have the ability to perform well in all academic and technical areas required in nontraditional work.
ROOT CAUSES FOR NONTRADITIONAL PARTICIPATION - PDF
Theories and evidence regarding participation in nontraditional training programs.
Retention...Meeting Student Needs
RETENTION STRATEGIES - PDF
January 22, 2010