A nontraditional career is any one in which a single gender represents less than 25% of the total. This is a federal distinction guided primarily by Perkins legislation. Educational institutions may receive Perkins funding for Career and Technical Education (CTE), and they must use a portion of the funds to meet accountability measures aimed at closing the participation, concentrator, and completion gaps. The following are examples of nontraditional careers, however, the lists are not comprehensive.
Nontraditional Careers for Women
Nontraditional Careers for Men
One of the root causes for why people don’t pursue and persist in nontraditional pathways is a lack of role models. This is related to self-efficacy, the belief one has in their ability to complete a task. One of the sources of self-efficacy is vicarious experiences, or the observation of models. Seeing someone perform a task or meeting someone who looks like them who’s in a career or pathway can over time increase someone’s belief they can do a task, and increase sense of belonging.
Among many things, it is important to do an environmental scan to ensure the posters on your campus do not reinforce stereotypes. Since it is challenging to find posters that do that, I’ve prepared a set of posters for you to download and customize!
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