Excerpts from Experts
What do you consider your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
What motivates you to try your best?
What are two or three accomplishments that have given you the most satisfaction - and why?
Describe your favorite teacher or favorite supervisor.
How do you think your favorite teacher would describe you? Your least favorite teacher?
How are your grades? Are you happy with how you're doing in school?
Do you have plans to continue your education?
What is one of the biggest mistakes you've made in school?
What did you learn from your mistakes?
How well do you work with people? Do you prefer working alone or in teams?
How would you describe your leadership skills?
What changes would you make in your school?
How well do you adapt to new situations?
Description: Schools invite professionals in their community to tell their career story, starting with when they were youth to now being the professional they are. Consider asking speakers to include lessons learned along their journey, and ending with Q&A. The professional(s) can be related to one of the career panels that day, but not necessarily.
Description: Assign students specific ICAP work: e.g., take career interest surveys, answer career aspiration questions, complete a portfolio, seek an apprenticeship, etc. Students sign up for particular panel sessions based on their ICAP work. Students complete a task related to what they learned/heard during the panel(s).
Description: Schools and districts who have access to specific cluster professionals can set up roundtable or classroom style discussions to share particular career pathway stories and lessons learned along the way. Did they think they’d be where they are when they were students’ age?
Description: A panel of parents discussing their career journeys with descriptions of their current career. Parents share their own career journey and lessons learned with the group in a roundtable session or panel. Q&A session at the end. This can also be a small groups setting, or a homework/take-home assignment.
Please contact the Colorado Youth Career Fair @ email@example.com to help design the right experience for you and your students.
CDE Standards and Instruction: https://www.cde.state.co.us/standardsandinstruction/revisedcoloradoessentialskills
Your easy connection to local industry and professionals:
Jobs for Youth: work-based learning (WBL) opportunities
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Reflection: At the end of each activity, reflection is recommended as a time for youth to sit, think, respond, and reflect... They can draw it, act it, write it, type it, speak it, whichever way you and your students would like to reflect on the experience and what was learned. (Lauren Jones, CTE in CO)
also useful for College Advisors & Mentors