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What is Career Development?

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Meet your CTE Coordinator

Career Development & Special Populations

Come DISCOVER the world of Career Development. Mr. Duke Wallin works in the Student Services office with the school counselors. He assists students with career exploration and anything Career & Technical Education (CTE) related. Mr. Wallin has over 24 years of experience in education as a classroom teacher, coordinator and advisor. He joined First Flight High School in January of 2021 and is looking forward to helping students in every way he can. Professionally, Mr. Wallin belongs to the NC Career Development Association, the National Career Development Association and both the NC and national chapters of the Association for Career Technical Education. So what else does a CTE Coordinator do?

At First Flight, the CTE Coordinator works collaboratively with administrators, students services personnel, teachers, parents, business/industry, post-secondary institutions, military, community organizations, and other stakeholders to ensure the delivery of career development services for all students.

The coordinator works both in public and behind the scenes to help students secure educational success. Some of the additional services provided by the coordinator include:

  • Administer assessments to help define interest, determine skill sets and set a career goal in the Career Development Plan (CDP)

  • Teach about employability skills, resumes, cover letters & interviewing techniques

  • Coordinating efforts for the county-wide annual Career Expo

  • Assist students in selection of CTE Courses

  • Navigate Dare County Schools MajorClarity initiative

  • Provides students accommodation services and educate staff about students with special needs in career programs

  • Help with identifying Work Based Learning activities

  • Coordinate CTE field trips & budgets

  • Organizing guest speakers/industry reps for Career Cafe

  • Supports Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO)

  • Advisor for National Technical Honor Society

  • Provides additional support to students & teachers as needed

More from Mr. Wallin...

I love working with students and being a Nighthawk! I am a proud pet parent of one.. Abby (cat). The rest of my human family lives in New York and Pennsylvania. Hobbies include coffee's, being a foodie, dining out or cookouts, sports, camping, hiking, fishing, watching Netflix originals, listening to music, weekend travel and the beach combing for sea glass. Oh and yes a great collection of fancy socks (over 300 pair).

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Career Café is one of the best programs on campus for you to discover information about careers and our community. We invite guest speakers from the local business community and organizations to talk to students about their experiences and perspectives. Join us bi-monthly for this program (during lunches). Check out the upcoming schedule and new location in the Announcements section.

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Thinking about the military as a career option?

Stamp your passport to the world by connecting to one of our regional recruiters for any branch

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AIR FORCERecruiter: TSgt Ricky Anthony Email:

ARMYRecruiter: Sgt. Valentin GomezEmail:

ARMY NATIONAL GUARDRecruiter: Staff Sgt. Jerry Wynn, III Email:

COAST GUARDRecruiter: R PO1 Anthony EstradaEmail:

MARINESRecruiter: SSgt. Jorge Ruizpereira Email:

NAVYRecruiter: Chief Daniel SawyerEmail:

SPACE FORCE Recruiter: See Air Force Recruiter

The ASVAB CEP is a complete career planning program. Students are given the opportunity to take the ASVAB at no cost and no commitment to military service. The ASVAB CEP also provides an interest assessment and planning tools to help young adults explore career field entry requirements and various career paths, both military and civilian.

High school students in grades 11 and 12 and those enrolled at post-secondary institutions can participate in the ASVAB CEP. Students in 11th grade and beyond receive valid scores for enlistment. The ASVAB is given online. There are different strategies for taking the ASVAB. To find out more or when the ASVAB is offered at First Flight, see Mr. Wallin in the counseling center. The exam will be offered at First Flight HS Tuesday, April 4, 2023 from 8:15am-11:30am.

What is a good score to get on the ASVAB?

At ASVAB Test Practice, many applicants get in touch asking the question: what is a “good score” to get on the ASVAB exam?

Of course, the answer is: it depends.

A “good score” may simply mean meeting minimum ASVAB scores for military branches. This ensures that you are eligible to enlist for the branch of the military you wish to join.

Alternatively, a good score can mean overshooting this target – increasing the chance of getting selected for your ideal military role. Of course, you will need to consult individual MOS or Line scores to determine which parts of the ASVAB exam you must focus on.

There are minimum ASVAB scores for military branches: the air force, navy, army, marines, and coast guard. Below, we go into these 2021 minimum ASVAB scores in more detail.

Air Force ASVAB Minimum Score

Candidates must achieve a minimum AFQT score of 36.

However, this is a minimum score. Most applicants who do get selected achieve a much higher score, typically over 55. In fact, almost three-quarters of applicants who are selected to join the air force score an AFQT of above 55.

Therefore, applicants who want to maximize their chance must try to score above 55, too – preferably above 70. If you have not graduated from high school, the prospect of joining the US air force is narrow. The few GED holders who are accepted must achieve a higher score – typically above 65 on the ASVAB exam.

Learn more about the Air Force education and training requirements.

Marine Corps ASVAB Minimum Score

Candidates must achieve a minimum AFQT score of 32.

Again, this is a minimum standard, so applicants should always aim to achieve the highest possible ASVAB score. The higher the score, the greater the degree of aptitude you demonstrate for joining many different roles in the US military.

Some highly qualified candidates may not require a high score to join the Marine Corps, but this refers to a small number of people. The Marine Corps places a GED enlistment limit of 5 percent for successful applicants – and these applicants are again required to achieve a higher AFQT score – 50.

Higher enlistment rank is also possible with the Marine Corps, but it is far more restrictive compared to other branches of the US military. For instance, the maximum rank for college credits is just E-2.

Learn more about the Marine Corps education and training requirements.

Army ASVAB Minimum Score

Candidates must achieve a minimum AFQT score of 31.

Compared to other branches of the US military, the army accepts far more GED recruits. In fact, the army introduced a special education format – known as Army Prep School, which helps train candidates who have neither a GED or high school diploma.

That said, candidates must achieve a higher AFQT score – of at least 50 – if they wish to take advantage of certain enlistment bonuses.

College experience may be counted, too. For instance, the army offers an enlistment rank of E-4 for candidates who possess a bachelor’s degree. This is much higher than what we saw with the air force (maximum, E-2).

Learn more about the Army education and training requirements.

Coast Guard ASVAB Minimum Score

Candidates must achieve a minimum AFQT score of 40.

Among the minimum ASVAB scores for military branches, then, this is currently the highest target score.

Candidates are, of course, advised to study and prepare to achieve a much higher score to ensure they are selected. Moreover, candidates who achieve a sufficiently high line score for a specific military role may be able to bypass this requirement to also achieve a general AFQT score of 40.

Like other branches of the military, GED recruits are limited – typically to fewer than 5 percent of all new admissions.

In terms of advanced enlistment rank, E-2 for 30 college credits and E-3 for 60 college credits are available.

Learn more about the Coast Guard education and training requirements.

Navy ASVAB Minimum Score

Candidates must achieve a minimum AFQT score of 35.

This makes the US navy the second highest minimum ASVAB score. However, a score of 31 is permitted for programs involving reserve enlistment. Few recruits are admitted each year from either GED or those who do not possess a high school diploma.

Candidates with a GED must achieve a score of at least 50. However, candidates may be disqualified from being considered if they possess a criminal record, even for minor offenses. Furthermore, these candidates must be able to provide references from authoritative figures within their own community/local area.

The navy offers advanced enlistment rank for college experience, up to E-3.

Learn more about Navy education and training requirements.

That’s about it for our review of minimum ASVAB scores for military branches. Check back to our blog here at ASVAB Test Practice for even more exclusive content to help you prepare for and master the 2022 ASVAB test!

Here’s the full list of the 40 highest paying jobs available to North Carolinians:

  1. anesthesiologists — $279,300

  2. general internal medicine physicians (doctor) — $273,320

  3. orthodontists — $271,270

  4. obstetricians/gynecologists — $247,180

  5. family medicine physicians — $223,190

  6. chief executives — $220,940

  7. ophthalmologists, except pediatric — $198,750

  8. psychiatrists — $193,650

  9. nurse anesthetists — $192,830

  10. podiatrists — $186,100

  11. dentists — $178,980

  12. natural sciences managers — $164,760

  13. pediatricians — $159,530

  14. financial managers — $155,580

  15. sales managers — $147,630

  16. marketing managers — $146,690

  17. computer and information systems managers — $146,690

  18. optometrists — $143,320

  19. postsecondary law teachers — $141,580

  20. architectural and engineering managers — $140,940

  21. physicists — $140,280

  22. health specialties/postsecondary teachers — $139,290

  23. actuaries — $137,190

  24. lawyers — $132,190

  25. personal financial advisors — $131,780

  26. human resources managers — $129,870

  27. general and operations managers — $129,400

  28. training and development managers — $125,900

  29. management jobs — $124,620

  30. pharmacists — $123,770

  31. personal service managers/entertainment and recreation managers, except gambling — $123,150

  32. advertising and promotions managers — $122,670

  33. public relations and fundraising managers — $122,630

  34. purchasing managers — $122,540

  35. nuclear engineers — $121,510

  36. medical and health services managers — $120,060

  37. airline pilots/copilots/flight engineers — $119,900

  38. agents and business managers of artists, performers and athletes — $117,880

  39. veterinarians — $117,690

  40. data scientists and mathematical science occupations — $117,370

Chances are that you’ve started thinking about what your career options might be for the future. The trouble is, that with so many options out there, how do you know what career might best be for you? By following this three step structure, you’ll have a better understanding of what career options you have as a teenager, how to explore them further and how to make an actionable plan to pursue your chosen career.

Reflect – what type of career would suit you?

'The first step to career planning is reflecting on your options'

The first step towards finding a fulfilling career is to think about the type of career that you’d enjoy doing. It’s also important to consider what you think a ‘good’ career for you actually means. For some people, a fulfilling career might mean one that pays well, whereas others might see a good career as one that allows you to manage your own workload.


To help you determine what a fulfilling career looks like to you, try arranging the following statements in order of how important they are to you.

  • A job with a high paying salary is important to me

  • I value having the freedom to work using my own initiative

  • I enjoy being part of a team and working with other people towards a common goal

  • I take direction well and I prefer to follow instructions from others

  • I want to be my own boss

Consider the order in which you’ve placed these statements. The ones that you’ve placed at the top of your list are most likely the ones that you value the most when thinking about careers. Try to bear values in mind when carrying out your research as they can impact what type of career you might want to pursue.


How do you spend your time after school and at the weekends? Do you have a particular hobby that you enjoy? Do you play any sports? Do you spend most of your time with friends on in your own company?

Your personal interests can be a good starting point for reflecting on possible career options. One of the things that the survey we mentioned earlier found was that people 40% of people end up leaving their job because they don’t want to regret spending their career working in the wrong industry for them.

If you’re able to find a career working in an industry that you have a genuine passion for, then you’ll get more job satisfaction and will generally be happier with your career choices.


What are you good at? Do you have a talent for writing? Are you good with numbers? Maybe you can play a mean guitar solo or have an artistic flair?

Whereas every skill can be developed, most of us have one or two that just seem to come naturally to us. When it comes to reflecting on your career options, it can help to think about what skills you already have.

If you’re a people person and are good at talking people round then perhaps a career in sales or PR would be good for you? Or if you work well with numbers, then perhaps you should look at a career in finance or management?


Are you a naturally outgoing person, or are you more reserved? Do you prefer to think things through logically or trust your instincts?

Taking the time to think about your personal qualities can help ensure that you choose a career that’s suited to your personality. For example, some careers are known for being high-pressured and busy, whereas others are known for being more creative, requiring you to think on your feet.

Research – explore what career options are out there

‘Looking into specific industries can be a good starting point for your career research’

Make a list of all the careers that you thought about when reflecting on your options. The next step is to dig a little deeper into each of these career areas and find out what qualifications and experience you’ll need to gain in order to work in these areas.

A good place to start researching specific careers is the CFNC, NCCareers or MyClarity.

When exploring specific careers as a teenager, there are some essential pieces of information that you need to know. Use the following list as a checklist for your research to make sure that you’ve fully explored what each specific career requires:

  • What qualifications do I need for this type of career?

  • Do I need any particular skills to work in this industry?

  • What personal qualities would this job require me to have?

  • What is a typical salary in this career?

  • Is this a popular industry/is competition for jobs high?

  • Is there a specific location for this career (some jobs are more in demand in certain areas)

Plan – mapping out your career path

‘The path to a successful career starts with a plan’

Once you have the lowdown on your career options, the next step is to create a plan outlining how you’ll pursue your chosen path. At this stage, you may want to consider keeping your options open (as much as possible) as even the best laid plans sometimes take a different turn.

First steps after school

Are you able to apply for jobs straight after school or do you need more qualifications and training? Planning what you need to do ahead of time will help you prepare for making the transition from leaving school to actively pursuing your career.

Further training and qualifications

Does your career require you to have further qualifications or training? If you’ve just completed your GCSEs and the jobs that you’re interested in require you to have A-Levels, then you know that you should be looking into what A-Levels will be the most useful for you in the future.

If the careers that you’re considering need you to have a degree, then the A-Levels that you choose will impact what university courses you’re able to apply for, so you should start to looking into your A-Level options as early as possible.

You should also consider alternative routes into your career. For example, can you secure a job that typically requires a degree by any other means? Like an apprenticeship or work based learning program, for example? Knowing what your alternatives are can help you keep your options open when pursuing your chosen career path.

Gaining experience

Depending on what type of jobs you’re considering, some employers value experience more than qualifications. If the job that you’re looking at doesn’t have a set path to entry, then you may want to consider gaining experience in your chosen field. Careers like journalism, photography and media don’t always require you to have specific qualifications, so taking on some credentialing may be the best route for you to go down.


Work Based Learning Opportunities:

Also, are you interested in job shadows, internships or other career exploration opportunities? Meet with Camie Romano, Internship Coordinator, to discuss the possibilities of participating in the Work-Based Learning program.



Contact Ms. Romano for details.

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"Dream Job" webinar schedule!

Welcome to our newly-named Rubin "Dream Job" webinar series! It's still free and live in Zoom.

Like we've done the past two school years, each 45-minute webinar connects students with professionals from various occupations. But this time around, we will ask the essential question: What makes your job a dream job?

All Zoom registration pages are live so sign up now!

  • Dream Job: Sports Agent

    • Wednesday, September 7 at 12:30 pm ET/9:30 am PT

    • Special guest: Tay Hawkins, senior sports agent with Hawker Family Sports & Entertainment

    • Register now — space is limited!

  • Dream Job: Educator

    • Tuesday, September 20 at 1:30 pm ET/10:30 am PT

    • Special guest: Principal Paul Barker from King Cove School in Alaska

    • Register now — space is limited!

  • Dream Job: Pharmacy Technician

    • Wednesday, October 5 at 12:30 pm ET/9:30 am PT

    • Register now — space is limited!

  • Dream Job: Influencer Marketer

    • Tuesday, October 18 at 1:30 pm ET/10:30 am PT

    • Register now — space is limited!

  • Dream Job: Data Analyst

    • Wednesday, November 2 at 1:30 pm ET/10:30 am PT

    • Register now — space is limited!

  • Dream Job: Digital Trading Cards Expert

    • Tuesday, November 15 at 12:30 pm ET/9:30 am PT

    • Special guest: Paul Silverman, chief researcher at Sorare (based in Paris, France)

    • Register now — space is limited!

  • Dream Job: Occupational Therapist

    • Wednesday, November 30 at 12:30 pm ET/9:30 am PT

    • Register now — space is limited!

  • Dream Job: Psychologist

    • Tuesday, December 13 at 1:30 pm ET/10:30 am PT

    • Register now — space is limited!

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