Career Exploration Program Links
• Career Exploration Program Interest Form
• Teacher Recommendation Form
How to Stay Informed
The Career Exploration Program regularly posts information regarding outside events, internships, career shadows available, jobs, career fairs and career programs through:
• Stevenson Daily Digest and in-school announcements
• Facebook (SHSCollegeCareerCenter)
The Career Exploration Program for Stevenson High School students enables freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors to explore careers in a variety of professions and businesses, and through these experiences, gain the knowledge and confidence necessary for making future career decisions.
The program encompasses many different aspects, all designed to educate the students on career directions and choices:
- Career Development Action Plan. This is a more comprehensive approach to career planning for students who are unsure of their career interests. Ideal option for freshmen (starting spring semester) or sophomores who are at the beginning stages of career exploration, but also may apply to juniors who need more focus and direction in their career path. Over the course of three semesters (fall, spring and early summer, in any order), students will develop an action plan to include interest assessments and evaluation, attendance at career events, participation in job shadows, evaluations and discussions of experiences, and development of an action plan for the upcoming proceeding years of high school. Students interested in this program must be available to meet at least 4-5 times during the school year and must adhere to recommended plan.
- Professional Career Presentations. Professionals are scheduled to come present in either an individual classroom or in the College/Career Center.
- Email Mentorship. Students can participate in an email membership. This is a good choice if an on-the-job shadow is not available. Many of our mentors are located all over the U.S., and are Stevenson alums who are willing to talk to students via email and answer questions, give advice and guide their career decisions. This is available throughout the school year and during the month of June.
- Individualized Career and Job Shadowing. Students can participate in a half-day to full-day job shadow with a mentor in a career field in which they have an interest. This is a very valuable learning experience and can provide excellent opportunities to establish professional contacts for college internships, employment recommendations, as well as they are a great addition to college applications. This is available throughout the school year and into June/July. Please note that due to the very high demand of students wanting shadow opportunities in health care careers and due to the restricted environment of opportunities available in this area, I will work with students to offer alternate opportunities and options if necessary. Career Shadow applications can be found on this page or in the College/Career Center. After receipt of the application, the student will be contacted to set up a personal appointment.
- Career Expo. The Career Expo is held every other year at Stevenson in November. The next Career Expo will be held in 2020 (date TBD). This is a “trade show” of careers in which dozens of different representatives from all types of careers are available to talk one-on-one with students and discuss all areas of their profession. This is a great event for all students looking to discover careers they may not know much about, learn more about a career they are interested in, and also make connections to area professionals.
- Job Fair. A summer job fair will be held every year in the spring. Employers from the area will be on site to hand out applications, discuss open positions and even conduct interviews.
- Mock Interviews. In conjunction with FBLA and the professional community, we invite students to practice and perfect their interview skills. The interviews will take place in late April/Early May during the school day (exact date TBD) in the College Career Center.
- Career Exploration Summer School Courses. Careers in STEM, Careers in Law, and Careers in Medicine and Healthcare. These courses are offered in the first and second semester of summer school (please check summer school schedule for exact dates), and run for two weeks. This is an excellent opportunity for students to learn what careers are available in their area of interest. The class will spend half of the course in school learning from career professionals, and the other half participating in career-focused field trips.
- Internships. Throughout the year and summer, we can provide students with information on available internships in the area.
- General Career Advice and Guidance. Individual appointments can be made by students to discuss general career questions, and get help and guidance through discussions, assessments and research.
Useful Career Links
• Naviance - utilized at Stevenson
• Career Cruising - Username: Stevenson / Password: careers
• Career Planning Guide
• Occupational Outlook Handbook
• CIS-Illinois Career Information System
• eMedical Assistants
Broaden Horizons for Young Patriots:
Career Exploration Program Volunteer Opportunities
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You can help ensure the success of the next generation of Patriots by volunteering with the Stevenson Career Exploration Program.
Students learn from and value your knowledge and real-world expertise. There are many ways you can get involved and have a positive impact.
Share Your Insights and Knowledge
We invite you to share your experience with current students seeking to learn more about your professional field:
- Email mentor a student
- Present during Career Discovery Days
- Speak during summer Career Exploration courses
- Participate in the biennial Career Expo (next Expo in 2020)
Provide Students With Real-World Experience
You can help students connect their academic and extracurricular experiences with career opportunities:
- Host a student for a career/job shadow
- Provide an internship opportunity for a student
The Career Exploration Program provides opportunities for Stevenson students to explore careers in a variety of professions, and helps them gain the knowledge and confidence necessary to make future career decisions. If you have questions, please reach out to Career Exploration Program Manager Diane Willock at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-415-4125.
STEM Professionals As Resource Knowledge (SPARK)
The purpose of SPARK is to provide an immersive summer internship experience for exceptional students interested in pursuing careers related to STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) research.
Each student is assigned to job-shadow a local practicing professional, participate in the educational programs offered by his/her scientific/research organization, and work collaboratively with the mentor on a problem or experiment developed by the mentor and the student. Selected students will participate in these internships during the summers prior to their junior or senior years.
In the fall, following their internship experiences, students share what they have learned via poster presentations at an evening research symposium at Stevenson High School (parents, students, and mentors are invited to attend). Some summer internship experiences may include projects that can be modified for submission to state and national scientific competitions.
For more information, contact Brett Erdmann at email@example.com.