Blueprint For Success (BFS) is a comprehensive, versatile, and adaptable career and college preparation program for Indian high schools offered by The International Knowledge Center (IKC).
The program starts at Grade 9, and builds each year with new activities and assessments until Grade 12. Through this curriculum, we are committed to engaging with the entire school community—students, parents, teachers, counsellors, and administrators—because we believe all the influencers in a student’s life should be involved in their process and decision-making toward their defining their career goals.
Our face-to-face sessions and interactions allow us to tailor the program to meet the needs of individual student populations.
We are not a “one-size-fits-all” program. Adaptability allows us to incorporate parent and administration feedback into our lessons, while still maintaining the essence of a sound career development program.
To maintain the integrity of our work with students, we use scientifically-based, reliable assessments that help students accurately identify and explore their strengths and interests. The use of databases and internationally recognized career development practices and resources further strengthens our program outcomes.
Over the past 7 years, the IKC has worked with over 300 high schools and thousands of students from all over India, preparing them to make sound, informed decisions about their higher education. We know from our past interactions with schools and students that career and college planning cannot be a last-minute decision. In an effort to provide students with ample opportunities to understand themselves—their unique strengths, skills, likes and dislikes—and to explore the options available to them, we have devised BFS as a 4 year, integrated curriculum, with numerous checkpoints and reflection activities.
The program starts at Grade 9, and builds each year with new activities and assessments until Grade 12. By the time students have completed the program, they not only have a strong grasp on how to best represent themselves to others, but they also know which careers and learning opportunities are going to lead them toward a fulfilling and rewarding future. Students who complete the program are ready to apply for a program that is best suited to them and their future goals, and to universities which they know will be their “best fit”.
Implementation of a strong career development program can benefit both the students and the school community.
- For students, a better understanding of self can lead to more targeted academic decisions and a more positive work ethic.
- Students feel motived to successfully engage in their daily tasks—both academic and extracurricular—because they can envision through career development activities how those tasks fit into their career plan and can lead to future success.
- Schools that implement a career development program like BFS can make more strategic decisions about course offerings, supplemental programming, and targeted teacher training.
- Additionally, by focusing on holistic student success and 21st century philosophies, these schools position themselves as thought leaders amongst their peers institutions.
Most importantly, because a school’s success is often measured by the success of its students, implementing BFS offers the school an advantage by generating success stories.
The BFS program aims to help students realize the following goals, which are adapted from the National Career Development Guidelines (NCDG).
- PS1 – Develop an understanding of self to build and maintain a positive self-concept.
- CM1 – Create and manage a career plan that meets their career goals.
- CM2 – Use a process of decision-making as one component of career development.
- CM3 – Use accurate, current and unbiased career information during career planning and management.
- CM5 – Integrate changing employment trends, societal needs, and economic conditions into their career plans.
- Learn what careers are and how unique career paths can be
- Understand the importance of the decision-making process
- Identify and internalize positive personal character traits
- Self-assess to identify individual learning styles, interests, likes and dislikes
- Identify long-term educational and career goals
- Plan academic, extracurricular, and personal activities needed to reach goals
- Examine diverse ways to classify careers (career clusters)
- Conduct general research on careers, including employment trends, education requirements, economic data, and conventionality
- Reflect on and revise career plan based on academic and personal developments
- Identify their workplace values and correlate them to possible careers
- Conduct research on different careers/career clusters (interviews, databases, Career Fair)
- Evaluate career plan based on current employment trends and societal needs
- Set career and university plan and explore major/concentration of study
- Research higher education systems in different countries (World Education Fair)
- Develop language of self-advocacy for resumes, cover letters, and interviews
- Develop and execute university application plan
By engaging in the BFS program, students will:
- Generate a portfolio of worksheets, assessment results, research, and reflections and continue to add to throughout their participation in BFS.
- Periodically reflect on their career development and planning,
- Share their experiences with their parents, and
- Use the language and results of their reflections in constructing personal essays, recommendation letters, and a resume of activities.
By agreeing to participate in the BFS program, schools will:
- Provide a school liaison (counselor, coordinator, principal, or administrator) who can collaborate on the implementation logistics (schedule, location, parent interaction, student accountability).
- Adhere to a pre-established schedule of sessions for each grade level.
Q: How many students can engage in the program?
A: Our goal is to have the entire population of 9-12 graders at a school experience BFS. If for some reason this is not possible, we can work with the school to establish a suitable plan for enrolling certain grades/groups of students selectively. Pricing will vary based on customizations.
Q: Will you only provide US-based college counseling to students? What about students who are interested in pursuing studies in other countries, including India?
A: Career exploration and development of self are universal skills, independent of the country the student will end up studying in. Throughout the program, students will learn the about themselves, and the process of identifying and researching careers and college programs, continuously evaluating the applicability to their own career plan. In that respect, the program is created to be generic and universally applicable to all students. However, university- or country-specific advising (college list, essay- writing, application processes) can be done as additional sessions in Grade 12, as students solidify their plans for university applications.
Q: Can we use the resources and assessments we already implement at our school?
A: Although the BFS program is designed to be implemented in its entirety, counselors can work with the school liaison to revise the plan or schedule of sessions to correlate with the school’s in-built career planning and aptitude assessments. This planning should take place before the start of implementation.