THE CAREER EXPLORATION PROGRAM
Educating Children to Explore Their Interests that Will Expand Their Horizons
For many high school students, the prospect of embarking on a career, at times, can be daunting and remote. The Brieant Youth Alliance has supported a career exploration program that is future-oriented and empowering to all students. We have emphasized the importance of planning and decision making in preparing for life after school, believing these skills will serve students not only in realizing their post-high school goals and subsequent career transitions, but also in other areas of their lives.For many high school students, the prospect of embarking on a career, at times, can be daunting and remote. The Brieant Youth Alliance has supported a career exploration program that is future-oriented and empowering to all students. We have emphasized the importance of planning and decision making in preparing for life after school, believing these skills will serve students not only in realizing their post-high school goals and subsequent career transitions, but also in other areas of their lives.
Our world is changing faster than ever before. New technologies are affecting every aspect of our lives — how we work, how we learn, how we communicate, and how we spend our spare time. With all these changes come new opportunities in education and the world of work. There are hundreds of choices available to students, so it is important to spend some time investigating the different options. Regardless of how certain a student is in their career decision-making process, they will learn from the practical experience of a broad and inclusive array of professionals what it took to develop the right path for them.
The Career Exploration Program provides guided discussions designed to integrate college and career planning resources provided by the Ossining High School and presentation by career professionals within classroom instruction. Classroom presentations from industry experts will help them make the connection between school and their future aspirations.
Some components of the curriculum include:• Four – six in-classroom presentations by industry professionals• Overview of different careers within a profession• Career research advice• New for 2019 – a Career Exploration Week, with career professionals, interview tip sheets, and presenters focused on non-college bound students
Students will be able to meet professionals/subject matter experts in their area of class instruction and learn to:
- Research careers based on their interests using information from the subject matter expert to further explore their career search
- Identify and research jobs, contact potential employers discussing job opportunities, identify important skills needed for their first jobs, and do a self-assessment to see which skills they already have and what skills they need to acquire
The Career Explorations Program has offered classes on many subjects, a few of which include:
- Film Making
- Sports Marketing
- Criminal Law
OVERVIEW OF ACTIVITIES
Exploring jobs that interest students will help them to get a better sense of who they are, where they are going and how they will get there. Professionals/subject matter experts in specific pre-selected careers will provide twenty-five minute presentation of how they chose their careers and to describe their career path.
Presenters will be given ten questions which they will use to present. This ensures that each class receives the same information. Profiles of each presenter will be given to the OHS teacher prior to the class so students have the opportunity to read about the presenter and prepare questions for discussion.
Q&A will follow the presentation for approximately 10 minutes. Classes may change based on availability of the subject matter expert.
The cost for the program is based on subject matter expert/presenter availability and transportation needed or material that may need to be distributed to students. The expectation is that each presenter be willing to volunteer his/her time.