The Career-related Programme: preparing students to follow their chosen pathways in life
Students in the eleventh and twelfth grades may select to participate in the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme. Beyond intellectual rigor, strong emphasis is placed on the ideals of international understanding, responsible citizenship and service.
The IB Career-related Programme (CP) is designed for students interested in pursuing a career-related education in the final two years of secondary school. It provides them with an excellent foundation to support their further studies, as well as ensure their preparedness for success in the workforce.
The IB Career-related Programme prepares students for effective participation in a rapidly evolving and increasingly global society as they:
- follow their chosen education and career pathways in life
- combine academic subjects with their personal and professional interests and skills
- engage in learning that makes a positive difference to their community
- think critically and creatively
- communicate clearly and effectively in a variety of situations
- effectively work independently and in collaboration with others
- consider new perspectives and other points of view
- develop greater self-confidence and self-awareness
- demonstrate high levels of resilience, flexibility and agility of mind
- be internationally-minded and globally aware
- apply their knowledge to real-world scenarios and situations.
The Career-related Programme (CP) is open to any student in the 11th and 12th grade. The CP is a framework of international education that incorporates the vision and educational principles of the IB into a unique programme specifically developed for students who wish to engage in career-related learning. The programme leads to further/higher education, apprenticeships or employment.
What is the CP?
Modern life places complex demands on graduates entering further/higher education or employment. An integral part of the Career-related Programme is enabling students to become self-confident, skilled and career-ready learners.
To prepare students to succeed in a rapidly changing world, the CP not only equips them with the necessary skills and the learning dispositions, but also the ability to manage and influence change.
The Career-related Programme helps students to:
- develop a range of broad work-related competencies and deepen their understanding in specific areas of knowledge through their Diploma Programme courses
- develop flexible strategies for knowledge acquisition and enhancement in varied contexts
- prepare for effective participation in the changing world of work
- foster attitudes and habits of mind that allow them to become lifelong learners willing to consider new perspectives
- become involved in learning that develops their capacity and will to make a positive difference.
What the CP offers students
The CP provides a comprehensive educational framework that combines highly regarded and internationally recognized courses, from the IB Diploma Programme (DP), with a unique CP core and an approved career-related study.
The CP develops students to be:
- Academically strong
- Skilled in a practical field
- Critical and ethical thinkers
- Resilient and determined
- Confident and assured
- Caring and reflective
The Career-related Programme prepares students for flexibility and mobility in a range of employment opportunities as well as continuing lifelong learning. It integrates broad, general learning areas as well as specific career-related content into a rigorous and challenging framework of education.
The detailed knowledge, skills and understanding gained from studying Diploma Programme courses, the Career-related Programme core and the career-related study provide opportunities for:
Employment: the transferrable skills fostered in the personal and professional skills course, combined with the specific knowledge and skills developed by students in their career-related studies provide an opportunity for students to move directly into employment in their chosen field.
Apprenticeships: apprenticeship schemes are available in many countries where students are given on-the-job training as well as classroom instruction in a particular craft or trade.
Further education: students may wish to continue their education at educational institutions that specialize in their chosen field of study.
Higher education: the mix of career-related skills combined with the knowledge and skills obtained from studying Diploma Programme courses allows students access to higher education institutions such as universities and colleges.
Participating schools work in close collaboration with further and higher education institutions and with the employment sector both locally and internationally.
Why take the IB Career-related Programme?
10 Reasons why the IB Career-related Programme (CP) is the ideal study for students looking to pursue a range of pathways
Information on these pages is from the CP Guides. International Baccalaureate Organization. 2016. Print.