A Career Day is a highly structured Career Awareness activity in which business partners from a variety of companies come together at the school or online to share information about their company, their job, and the education and skills that are required for success in their career.
Designed to meet specific learning objectives, a Career Day helps students connect what they’re learning in school with the workplace. They listen to speakers or navigate the event independently, seeking information about the industry and the career options it provides. They also learn about the education required for entry into the industry and participating business’s role in the local economy.
Sustaining and growing Career Days and all other Work-Based Learning activities depend on maintaining positive relationships with the participating employers. These employers should be treated as valued customers and partners with frequent check-ins to address participation needs as they arise.
Career Days are one activity in the continuum of authentic work-based experiences provided to all students engaged in career-related programs or course of study in New York City schools.
Career Day Activities are recognized as a “Zero Hour” Supporting WBL activity by NYSED and the NYC DOE CTE
*In New York State, this includes certified work-based learning coordinators and others who facilitate, arrange and support work-based learning activities for students.
Translating a Career Day activity to a virtual classroom or set of classrooms is a fairly straightforward process. While Career Days are usually conducted at the school in an assembly-like setting, in some cases Career Days may be organized for the virtual classroom or set of classrooms via Zoom, WebEx, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet or some other technology. Related virtual activity options are also possible, where students conduct on-line research and share their findings, serving as a foundation for an activity and/or discussion in the classroom.
Remember, virtual activities either promote “live” student contact with adult professionals and front-line workers via the use of technology, or are simulations and provide students with employer exposures through recordings, online research and related classroom activities.
An interactive, online career day where employers visit a classroom or classrooms virtually. After a panel presentation, students visit individual industry partners in breakout rooms. At the end of the session, the class comes back together to share what they’ve learned and reflect on the activity.