Career Awareness Activities (Work-Based Learning)

Learn about work through examination. Activities expose students to a variety of careers and career-related training that develop an understanding of personal interests, talents, and career goals.

Through Career Awareness Activities, students discover their interests and talents by examining careers in-depth.

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Tours of Business Sites

Business tours give students a “behind the scenes” visit to a business or industry.  Students meet employees and ask questions while seeing work in progress. Hosts supply detailed job descriptions and talk about skills needed for the job. Hosts also help students learn about the application process, educational requirements and training opportunities. Business tours broaden our students’ view of the immediate workforce by giving a snapshot of potential career opportunities.

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Career Fairs

Career fairs host multiple employers, recruiters, and training institutions to share information and connect with students.   Students may meet with employers to build their circle of contacts. Students listen to speakers and look for information about different industries and the career options. Businesses share information about their company, their jobs, and the educational standards to encourage student success and informed career planning.

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Guest Speakers

Business partners donate their time to present about a chosen position. Speakers may talk about their personal path, choices, and challenges. Students learn about an organization’s mission or a specific topic and are encouraged to ask questions. Presentations are often provided in the school setting.

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Informational Interviews

Informational interviews take place between a student and a working professional. Students ask questions about the worker’s industry, educational and career path, and chosen profession. Students may also explore the career opportunities within the company or industry. Informational interviews most often take place at the company workplace or are conducted by phone.

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