Achieving the ASCA National Standards
In this module, you will learn how to use our website
to fulfill many of the competencies from the ASCA
National Standards for School Counselling Programs.
focus is on career development, but the website can
also be used to fulfill competencies in the academic
and personal/social areas. For more on this and
other valuable tips, read Recommendations
for Developing an Outstanding Program.
Each cluster of student competencies is linked to strategies
for using The Career Key® website. Click on the links
to see our suggestions.
Tip: Be sure to download
our one-page Guide
to Using The Career Key® to Meet the ASCA National
Model Competencies and the handouts
for our OSCA/WSCA Conference presentation.
Standard A: Students will acquire the skills to investigate
the world of work in relation to knowledge of self and
to make informed career decisions.
skills to locate, evaluate and interpret
about the variety of traditional and nontraditional
an awareness of personal abilities, skills,
interests and motivations.
how to interact and work cooperatively
to make decisions.
how to set goals.
the importance of planning.
and develop competency in areas of interest.
hobbies and vocational interests.
between work and leisure
employability skills such as working on
a team, problem-solving and organizational skills.
job readiness skills to seek employment opportunities.
knowledge about the changing workplace.
more about the rights and responsibilities
of employers and employees.
to respect individual uniqueness in the workplace.
how to write a resume.
a positive attitude toward work and learning.
the importance of responsibility, dependability,
punctuality, integrity and effort in the workplace.
time- and task-management skills.
B: Students will employ strategies to achieve
future career goals with success and satisfaction.
decision-making skills to career planning, course selection,
and career transition.
personal skills, interests and abilities and relate
them to current career choice.
knowledge of the career-planning process.
the various ways in which occupations can be classified.
research and information resources to obtain career
to use the Internet to access career-planning information.
traditional and nontraditional
career choices and how they relate to career choice.
how changing economic and societal needs
influence employment trends and future training.
awareness of the education and training needed to achieve
and modify their educational plan to support career.
employability and job readiness skills in internship.
course work that is related to career interests.
a career-planning portfolio.
C: Students will understand the relationship
between personal qualities, education, training and
the world of work.
Knowledge to Achieve Career Goals
the relationship between educational achievement and
how work can help to achieve personal success and satisfaction.
personal preferences and interests influencing career
choice and success.
that the changing workplace requires lifelong learning
and acquiring new skills.
the effect of work on lifestyle.
the importance of equity and access in career choice.
that work is an important and satisfying means of personal
Skills to Achieve Career Goals
how interests, abilities and achievement relate to
achieving personal, social, educational and career goals.
how to use conflict management skills with peers and adults.
to work cooperatively with others as a team member.
academic and employment readiness skills in work-based
learning situations such as internships, shadowing
and/or mentoring experiences.