Counseling to Careers

Best Bet Services

Helping Students Find Their Best Bet

Providing tools and training to help students identify Best Bet programs that align with their interests and the needs of local employers.

Clare Bertrand
Associate Director
617.728.4446 x131
cbertrand@jff.org
@cbertrand88

Counseling to Careers

Counseling to Careers provides districts, community-based organizations, schools, and community colleges with the tools to better connect students with programs of study that align with their interests and regional employment needs. 

Counseling to Careers is a four-month engagement that guides the use of labor market information to identify high-demand career pathways and associated postsecondary programs—or Best Bets. It features a training with customized, ready-to-use curriculum and resources for supporting teams of senior staff and counselors through a process to identify and package information about best bets for use by students. 

By making information about college and careers transparent and accessible, Counseling to Careers streamlines the counseling process, empowers students to become informed consumers, strengthens relationships between colleges and their community partners, and informs planning and revision of college pathways. This will help to improve college graduation rates. 

Counseling to Careers features two training sessions that build capacity for districts, community-based organizations, schools, and community colleges to identify best bets. Particpants will conduct research, work with partners and will be supported by ongoing technical assistance from Jobs for the Future. Ultimately, participants walk away with best bet profiles and pathways in hand for use by counselors and students, along with the tools, resources, and knowledge to continue developing and refining these profiles. 

Learn more about Counseling to Careers: Counseling to Careers: Helping Students Select Best Bets