There is no substitute for real-world human connections. However, we are seeing some exciting opportunities to serve students in new ways, through online resources such as Expo2Go, and virtual engagement with industry professionals.
At the recent PWA Expo Breakfast, three high school students with wildly different career plans shared what sparked their interest during recent PWA Career Days and other career-learning opportunities in the high-growth sectors of design, construction and technology.
Many of us didn’t get career advice in high school. We had vague ideas of what we might want to “be,” but a limited sense of what people at work actually do. This is why we’re so grateful for the many caring adults helping Oregon teenagers learn what different careers are all about.
We collaborated with local businesses, nonprofits, local government and school districts in October to offer four Career Days, all designed to give students a glimpse of the world of work and help them make plans for life beyond graduation.
PWA works with local employers to offer more than two dozen career days in 2014-15. Here’s a sampler of photos from many of our career days so far.