Career Awareness/Exploration // Career Exploration Visits
Why Do Career Exploration Visits?

This activity introduces to students to career exploration visit plans and the Career Exploration Visit: Guide for Students.

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Think about as many reasons as you can for "Why do Career Exploration Visits"? Jot down your answers on the handout, Why do Career Exploration Visits? Take turns sharing your list with a partner; add to your list  when you hear your partner's answers, if you agree. Share your lists with the class and continue to update your list. If the class is sharing out, continue to add to the list of someone mentions something that you or your partner had not previously included.

Teacher Notes

Tell students that they will be going on a Career Exploration Visit which is a ½-day off-campus experience where they will visit an organization to observe and spend time with people who work in our career theme area

Distribute the CEV Guide for Students or have students refer to the section of their handouts with this material.

Tell students what organization(s) they will be visiting and give a brief overview, indicating whether they are profit, not for profit and/or government agency.

Tell students when the CEV will take place. Have them record this on the Just the Facts page in their Guide.   

  • Time and date
  • Classes that will be missed
  • Transportation details

Be sure to give a brief description of what happens during the visit:

  • Orientation
  • Tour
  • Hands-on learning (if available)
  • Informal interviews with individual employees
  • Debriefing
  • Possible lunch

Tailor your description to reflect what has been arranged with each site.

Conclude by telling students that this Career Exploration Visit Guide will serve to 1) guide their learning and 2) document their learning.

During the activity, students add ideas for why to go on Career Exploration Visits to their list. Make sure the following are included:

  • Learn about different careers and work environments
  • Make connections between what is learned in both theme and academy classes at school and  what is expected in the workplace
  • Observe how employees apply job-specific skills, how transferable skills are used in a variety of jobs, and how technology is used in the workplace
  • Develop the skills to interact comfortably and confidently with working adults
  • Practice communication skills such as professional introductions, interviewing and taking notes
  • Gain awareness of the academic, technical and personal skills required to succeed in the workplace
  • Possibly make contacts for summer jobs and internships

Assessment Notes

Completion of worksheet

Return to Career Readiness
Additional lessons in Career Exploration Visits

Researching the Organization

This activity allows students to demonstrate how to answer research questions using print or internet materials that they have collected.

Making Predictions

This activity allows students to make predictions about what they expect to observe and learn during the career exploration visit.

Skills for Success Observed

This activity allows students to identify the Skills for Success they observed at the worksite.

Checking Predictions

This activity introduces to students to compare what they expected to observe with what they actually did observe.

Career Exploration Visit Feedback Form

This activity allows students to evaluate their experience with the career exploration visits and workshops.

Tips for Professional Introductions

This activity allows students to prepare for professional introductions using best practices.

Questions for the Career Exploration Visit

This activity allows students to learn and practice the skills to make a professional and favorable first impression.

Draft a Thank You Letter

This activity introduces students to tips and practices for writing thank you letters.

Career Exploration Visit Reflective Essay

The purpose of this lesson is to do final preparations for a reflective essay in which students describe their impressions and what they learned during the Career Exploration Visit.