To help students prepare for the expectations of college and become aware of the positive influence they can have on their own community, the International Baccalaureate Career Programme also requires three core elements.
Personal & Professional Skills (Course)
This is an interdisciplinary course that explores concepts of ethics and personal development of the "soft skills" so essential in future careers and enables students to reflect critically on the question of “Why do we do this?” They learn about how looking at the way we communicate with each other, how it impacts them in their future employment, and how decision making requires logical connections of differing areas of knowledge and skills to do so.
This is a culminating research paper on an ethical dilemma within their chosen pathway designed to teach students how to independently research topics, discuss such a dilemma, and then make their own argument regarding its resolution. This is much like writing assignments that students will be exposed to at the college/university level.
Service Learning (Extracurricular)
Through creative activities, sports, volunteerism, etc., students build confidence in themselves while improving their communities (IBO expects students to make community contributions for an average of 2 hours each week over a students’ junior and senior years). Where possible, this should be connected in some way to the students' career pathway.