Silicon Valley Career Pathways at Hoover Middle School

By: Daniel Negrete, Megan Crossfield, and J-Rah Poblano

 SVCP Counselor, Claudia Barbosa (right), working with Hoover Middle school students.

SVCP Counselor, Claudia Barbosa (right), working with Hoover Middle school students.

Over the past three months, Silicon Valley Career Pathways (SVCP) provided Hoover Middle School students with a three-part career exploration workshop. In total, SVCP served over 350 students. The goal was to promote early thinking about career awareness among middle school students.

During the first workshop, SVCP’s team introduced students to our services and a career personality assessment called Inner Heroes. In the following workshop, students used Inner Heroes to discover their personality and based on the results students identified a career that fit their strengths and talents.

 SVCP team member, Nancy Becerra (left), working with student on the Inner Heroes assessment.

SVCP team member, Nancy Becerra (left), working with student on the Inner Heroes assessment.

In the final workshop, students took the results from their assessment and used an employment-related search engine to discover the requirements for their chosen careers. It was during this workshop that students realized education beyond high school is an essential aspect to their career goals. Through these workshops, students gained skills to equip them in identifying a career they would ultimately thrive in and enjoy.

A student at the workshop expressed that the activities provided her with an understanding as to what it takes to become an actor. Originally, she didn’t realize that acting requires training attained through higher education programs and third-party sites.  It is this kind of awareness that SVCP aims to instill in all middle school students and spark a dialogue with their teachers, counselors, and parents about their future goals.

 Maura Lozano of San Jose City College helping students indentify jobs in the careers they chose.

Maura Lozano of San Jose City College helping students indentify jobs in the careers they chose.

Teachers and administrators enjoyed watching their students experience this opportunity to begin analyzing the big picture. Donald McCloskey, principal of Hoover Middle School, stated this experience “… starts having them think a little bit more than just now, in the present, but where they might be headed both in high school and beyond.”

 Yolanda Tapia of SIATech working with a student to indentify a career that intrest them.

Yolanda Tapia of SIATech working with a student to indentify a career that intrest them.

It is our hope that the knowledge imparted in these workshops allow students to see how education provides a solid foundation for their careers. Hoover Middle school was our first participant in this endeavor, as we move forward, our goal is to bring these career awareness workshops to more middle schools in the area.