Career Exploration Month is in January 2017, it is a citywide effort to raise awareness about the importance of supporting students to identify career interests and explore postsecondary paths needed to pursue those careers. We know that schools are doing career awareness activities and events year-round, but we’d like you to join us
during Career Exploration Month to be a part of this exciting citywide effort. Our goal is to have 100% of all NYC DOE high schools participate!
What is Career Exploration Month?
- Support students to identify their natural strengths, abilities, skills and career interests; understand how these skills, talents, and interests could translate into work.
- Guide students to link college and other education/training opportunities required to pursue those career aspirations.
- Strengthen your postsecondary planning culture by incorporating career awareness planning into your school’s instruction and counseling activities.
5 Things you can do to Support Students with Career Exploration
- Help students identify their career interests. Career inventories (Excel Version/PDF Version) are a great way for students to learn about themselves and make good fit college and career decisions.
- Encourage students to talk to family, teachers, counselors, college students/alumni about their career aspirations.
- Support students to research career trends, options and paths.
- Support students to get involved in extracurricular activities, internships and other enrichment activities. A developed portfolio of accomplishments will help them with postsecondary plans, college applications, and resumes.
- Stay informed to changing employment opportunities, career trends and pathways. Participate in professional development opportunities and follow organizations that help you stay current.
Resources for School Staff to Plan Career Exploration Month
Be Social! Join the online conversation!
- Access to the site coordinator toolkit (Word Version/PDF Version) which includes sample activities, checklists, list of career inventories, career planning curricula, and other career development resources.
- Opportunity to request industry representatives and other volunteers visit your school.
- Opportunities to participate in workplace visits, tours, job shadowing, other experiential activities in the world of work.
- On Jan. 28, OPSR hosted our first annual Summer Enrichment Program Fair and over 500 students and families heard from 50+ organizations about summer jobs and other opportunities. For a list of participating organizations offering summer jobs, internships and other enrichment opportunities, click here and here.
Resources for Volunteers
Volunteers play a crucial role in exposing our students to career possibilities. Volunteers can register here
and review Volunteer Guide (Word Version/PDF Version)
for potential tasks, tips and other resources to support successful implementation of this event in NYC schools.
Promote Career Exploration Month in NYCDOE’s Facebook and Twitter pages
- Does your school have Twitter or Facebook profiles? Career Exploration Month can be a good opportunity to connect with students and families. Before creating a social media profile for your school, learn about NYC DOE Social Media Guidelines.
- Follow us on Twitter. Use our handles to mention/tag us in your tweets. Feel free to use and adapt any of the sample tweets and Facebook posts here.
- We want to see your pictures/videos! Tag your photos with #CareerMonth #CollegeAccessforAll or @NYCschools for your opportunity to be shared.
- If your school is not on Facebook or Twitter, please send photos and captions to Kaity Modesto at Kmodesto@schools.nyc.gov and we will share them on official NYCDOE social media. Don’t forget to collect a media consent form if you haven’t already.