How early to start career planning?

St. Paul, Minn. — Gov. Pawlenty’s Workforce Development Council says one way to improve the state’s economy is to have high school students choose their career path in the ninth grade. How early to start career planning? Minnesota’s Public Radio Broadcast: Midmorning with Kerri Miller, 02/06/2009, 9:06 a.m. discusses the pros and cons of early career planning. Educators weigh in on the merits of the proposal.

Here’s the wording of the proposed Minnosota policy.
“Every Minnesota learner will, from no later than ninth grade, have a plan, reviewed at least annually, to guide him/her through high school and beyond into competitive employment and postsecondary education. The plan will be implemented gradually, becoming a graduation requirement with the graduating class of 2014.”

Jim Bierma: Lead counselor of Minneapolis public schools.
Randall Hansen: Founder of Quintessential Careers, a career development Web site, and has taught at the college level for more than 15 years.
Marc Scheer: Researcher, educational consultant, and career counselor with a Ph.D. in counseling psychology. His book is called “No Sucker Left Behind: Avoiding the Great College Rip-off.”

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Broadcast: Midmorning with Kerri Miller, How Early to Start Career Planning Audio 02/06/2009, 9:06 a.m.

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