Career Exploration & Work-Based Learning

TPP Model

Career exploration activities are experiences at school and in the community that help young people to (a) identify how their interests, values, and skills relate to careers of interest; (b) describe the skills and activities associated with those careers; and, (c) identify the post-secondary training, two-year, four-year, or graduate degree programs needed to successfully pursue those careers.

Career Exploration is one of the innovative and effective strategies utilized to engage students and other targeted population interested in teaching in order to make informed career and educational decisions and can include:

  • Informational interviews with employers
  • Career-related guest speakers
  • Workplace visits and tours
  • Job shadowing, career fairs and career days
  • Career camps
  • Hands-on career projects
  • Career-focused mentoring

(Source:  “Career Exploration in Action: An Innovative Strategies, Practice Brief, National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability”. National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD). December 12, 2016)

View and download the Career Exploration and Work-Based Learning presentation for more information. 

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Video outlining the Rio Hondo College STEM-CTE | TEACH Program:

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