Career exploration is not the same as searching for a job. It's the process of identifying what careers match your skills and interests mapping out the education or training needed to get there. The mentors' role in this is to:
Equip students with the strategies and skills to form life-long career development skills
Empower students to choose and attain personally rewarding careers
Help students identify their own interests and skills and discover how to build them
Oregon Connections facilitates virtual connections with industry professionals and students. Industry professionals show how the topic is applied in their work, helps guide students with their projects, and/or evaluates final student deliverables. Every student has an opportunity to submit questions and take part in discussions; and every professional has a proven framework to guide them towards productive classroom discussion.
Internships & Job Shadowing
Internships and job shadows are a great way for students to gain exposure to different types of careers and work experience. Ask your coordinator if there are local opportunities for students or see if you can host a student at your workplace.
What to Ask During a Job Shadow?: A guide for students during their job shadowing experience.