Career navigators and advisors provide individualized and targeted supports that help learners navigate their education and training. Career navigators and advisors play a particularly important role in serving English learners and immigrants, who benefit from additional aid navigating complex U.S. systems and accessing services to help support their integration into U.S. society. OCTAE’s Enhancing Access for Refugees and New Americans project has developed a spotlight exploring potential actions for navigators to take as they support English learners along an IELCE/IET career pathway. Explore the spotlight here: https://lincs.ed.gov/sites/default/files/14175EARNNavigatorSpotlight.pdf
I appreciate the resources listed at the end of this well-designed publication. Nearly half of the students I work with have foreign degrees so the guide to Advising and Coaching Students with Foreign Degrees and Credentials is very helpful. The suggested questions and the clear steps provide a useful structure for organizing a conversation with students in this situation. Too many times, students assume they need to start over from zero, or the converse, that having their credentials validated will be simple, therefore it is important to be able to explain the degree/credential evaluation process to them.