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Meaningful Career Conversations



When students engage in Meaningful Career Conversations, they begin to understand how their unique aptitudes, skills, talents, self-identity, and values influence the decision-making process for life-long learning.

Meaningful Career Conversations Prompts and Practices

Career Conversation Starters (Also available in Spanish)

The Career Conversations starters and questions provide a guide for families, educators, and community members - any caring adult - to engage with learners in their journey to Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness (PWR). They were created by the American School Counselors’ Association (ASCA) and the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and are based on ecosystems theory, counseling theory and an extensive review of counseling and career counseling literature.


Career Conversation Training

The Colorado Education Initiative and the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) developed a framework for training that includes hundreds of resources. Access the self-paced training that is free and open to the public.

Find resources for the seven steps of Career Conversations

  • ​​Understand your role
  • Establish trust and Introduce the process
  • Focus on the advisee
  • Explore interests and aptitudes
  • Envision the future
  • Encourage action
  • Celebrate success


graphic that describes 7 steps for Career Conversations


Meaningful Career Conversations in ACTION!

A Testimonial

"My counselor worked with me and gave me coping skills; my teachers actually understood, and they were aware of everything. They all helped me see my potential… Never allow others to tell you what you can’t do, never let the limitations of others limit your vision. If you can remove your self-doubt and believe in yourself, you can achieve what you never thought was possible."

- Idania Balbuena Erives, CEC graduate with a CNA certificate, Class of 2019

Meaningful Career Conversation Prompts: Answer their questions!


Jane Goff
Colorado State Board of Education
7th Congressional District


Sarah Heath
State Director of CTE, Associate Provost
Colorado Community College System

Jon Widmier
Coordinator of Social Emotional Behaviors
Littleton Public Schools


George Welsh
Canon City Schools

Kevin Aten
Bayfield School District


Cheryl Lovell
Adams State University


Rich Feller
Colorado State University

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