Career pathways are a way to organize classes and career information on a school campus. Research shows that students learn best when content is clustered by theme and is relevant to students’ interests. Career pathways organize student learning and reinforce high academic standards for reading, writing and mathematics.
Designed well, career pathways expand student opportunities for learning and career preparation. At the kindergarten through middle school level, career pathways consists mostly of awareness of careers and learning about the pathway clustering. At the high school level and above, students can actually select a career pathway of interest to give meaning to their learning. Pathway courses are sequenced, with more advanced topics building on introductory courses. Because core academics are taught and reinforced in a thematic way, students learn academic skills regardless of the pathway selected. In high school, students should be able to change pathways and not have their learning harmed. At the post-secondary level, career courses become more content-specific and students who change “majors” may have to start a new pathway sequence at an introductory level.
Successful career pathway structures have basic components. The pathways at Beverly Hills High School:
- Help students see that the skills and knowledge they are developing in school relates to a range of career options.
- Offer opportunities for all students from the academically gifted to those who need vocational education.
- Help students learn about broad career pathway options and not focus on narrow training for individual jobs.
- Assist students and counselors in developing meaningful educational plans.
Seven Career Pathways, while not specifically required as presented, have been identified to cover career opportunities at Beverly Hills High School regardless of educational requirements:
Architecture and Construction (Design/Pre-Construction)
Careers in this path are related to technologies necessary to design, install, and maintain physical systems. These include engineering, manufacturing, construction, service and related technologies.
Arts, Media and Entertainment (Arts, AV Technology and Communication Services)
Workers in Broadcast, Film and Communication use state-of-the-art equipment to design and assemble visual or audio products. Digital media specialists use their knowledge of non-linear editing, digital cameras, digital audio and multimedia post-production techniques to convey information through both traditional and Web-based mass media. Careers in this pathway include commercial photographers, graphic designers, cinematographers, film/video editors, journalists, radio and TV announcers and web page designers.
Business and Finance (Business Financial Management)
Careers in this path provide students with meaningful instruction for and about business. Students will learn business skills and techniques, an understanding of basic economics and business attitudes essential to participate in the multinational marketplace as productive workers and consumers. Careers in this pathway include entrepreneur, sales, marketing, computer/information systems, finance accounting, personnel, economics and management.
Health Science and Medical Technology (Therapeutic Services and our Medical Sciences Academy)
Employees in Therapeutic Services deliver a variety of treatment and care regimens that maintain or improve the health status of patients over time. These workers include physicians, veterinarians, dentists, psychologists and the various people who assist them in the delivery of care.
Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation (Food and Hospitality Services)
Employees in Hospitality and Tourism careers manage, market, and operate restaurants and other food services, lodging, tourist attractions, and travel-related services. Workers in Restaurant and Food Services produce and manage food services in restaurants, hotels, country clubs, resorts, hospitals, nursing homes, military installations, bakeries, cruise ships, airlines, public schools, universities and industries.
Information Technology (Programming and Systems Development)
Students in Programming and Systems Development pathway prepare for careers that involve the design, development, and implementation of computer systems and software. Those careers require knowledge of computer operating systems, programming languages, and software development. Persons with expertise in programming and software development work with cutting-edge technologies to develop tomorrow’s products for use by businesses and consumers. Careers in this pathway include animator, game developer, media specialist, network administrator, programmer, software applications specialist, systems administrator and web architect/designer.
Marketing Sales and Services (Professional Sales and Marketing)
Employees in Marketing Sales and Services plan, manage, and perform marketing activities to reach organizational objectives. Sales and service occupations vary immensely according to the type of business and products involved. Careers in this pathway include account executive, agent, broker, business development manager, manufacturer’s representative, regional sales manager, sales executive and sales/marketing associate.