Career Exploration Activities (Work-Based Learning)
Learn about work through observation. Career exploration activities help students explore career pathways and workplace readiness skills to develop career interests.
Career exploration helps students develop career interests. It helps students make informed decisions for life after high school. Career exploration activities help students:
- Learn about work through observation.
- Develop career pathways.
- Develop workplace readiness skills to align with career interests.
All career exploration activities include pre-teaching and reflection in the classroom.
Job shadowing and externships are a short-term experiences that place students in work settings. It promotes interest in a specific field or position. Students:
- Observe the workday of a professional employee while they interact with coworkers or customers.
- Take part in the employee's responsibilities (e.g., assigned tasks, meetings, and appointments).
In mentoring, the student learns about the industry and the workplace from a worker who has a record of achievement in that field. Schools coordinate and match students with a professional employee to explore potential career paths and fields of interest. Mentors meet with one student or small groups of students. Career mentors are resources that share insights and provide guidance about:
- The workplace.
- Postsecondary education.
- Postsecondary training.