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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.

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Use your Career Exploration Visit handouts and notes to write a reflective essay about your visit.  

Your essay should include:

  • Why do a Career Exploration Visit?
  • What did you learn through your research of the organization?
  • What skills did you predict you would see in the workplace?
  • What skills did you observe or hear about during the visit?
  • How did your perspective about school and/or life change as a result of the visit?
  • What new learning goals have you set for yourself as a result of the visit?  How will you meet these learning goals?
  • What conclusions have you made about workplace based on your visit?
Teacher Notes

This task should be given after students have completed the following lessons in the Career Exploration Visits unit and have participated in a Career Exploration Visit to a workplace: Lessons: Why Do Career Exploration Visits, Researching the Organization, Making Predictions, Skills for Success Observed, Checking Predictions

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Additional lessons in 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.

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.