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.
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)
Career Exploration Virtual Career Talks
Women in STEM Career Night
Careers in Business and Leadership
Careers in Medicine
Careers in Physical Therapy
The program encompasses many different aspects, all designed to educate the students on career directions and choices:
- Career Development Plan: This is for students who are at the beginning of career exploration or who may need extra guidance in finding their passion/career path. I will meet with the student and plan career assessments, coach them on researching different careers and how to connect them to college majors, and develop a year-by-year guide on the steps and opportunities to explore different careers.
- Resume/Interview/Branding: Students can meet with me for help on building or updating a resume, interview practice or creating a personal branding message (how do I present myself and how do others perceive me?). By appointment only.
- 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.
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
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Career Exploration Program Volunteer Opportunities
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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.
CareerExcursions! are designed to give students a glimpse into different careers through field trips on designated Stevenson High School field trip days. Students will go on location to a corporation and hear from professionals, get a chance to ask questions and interact with those professionals, view the working environment, and get an overall sense of what skills and education it takes to get into that career.
The field trips will be limited to a certain number, depending on the location. Students must have a Field Trip Permission Form filled out prior to being approved to go on the trip.
The field trip takes place during normal school hours on designated field trip days and all transportation will be provided by Stevenson.
For more information, contact Diane Willock at 847-415-4125 or email@example.com.
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, mathematics) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Diane Willock at email@example.com.
The upcoming informational meeting for all students interested in the SPARK program for Summer 2021 will be on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m.
Join us on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/92417286225.
This meeting is for STUDENTS ONLY.
Meaningful internships for high school-aged students are very limited. Internships become more prevalent as students get older (18+) and once they begin taking college-level courses and are enrolled at a university.
If there are any available internship for high school students, more information, including the application process, will be made on the CCC Facebook page or through school announcements. A student may also make an appointment to meet with Mrs. Willock to discuss researching internships on their own or other ways they can gain valuable experiences.
Upcoming Career Spotlight Talks
There will be upcoming virtual Career Spotlight Talks starting in late January 2021 and continuing throughout the spring semester. These events are typically held during the evening. You must be a current Stevenson High School student to attend these webinars.
Please check the Career Spotlight Talks Google Doc for updates and links.
College of Lake County STEM Series Events
Events take place throughout the year and usually start in September. Check back for upcoming schedule.
Career Spotlight Talk - Physical Therapy
Feb. 4, 2021
Stevenson students interested physical therapy careers had the opportunity to hear virtual presentations from two local physical therapists and ask questions.
Nov. 16-20, 2020
The College Career Center will be hosting a virtual “Trades Week” the week of November 16th. Students are invited to listen and learn about local apprenticeships programs and careers in trade areas such as HVAC, plumbing, welding, automotive, cosmetology and esthetics, real estate and more. Students can access this Google Doc to see the schedule and Zoom links. These meetings will be held during school hours and students must get prior approval from teachers at least 2 days in advance if they will miss a class. Please make sure to check the schedule frequently as it will be updated as we add new events.
Virtual Career Exploration Nights
Oct. 26-28, 2020
The Stevenson Career Exploration Program hosted a virtual event to help Stevenson students learn about specific careers. During the three evenings, students listened to presentations by panelists followed by question and answer sessions. See this flyer for a list of this year's speakers.
Oct. 26: Women in STEM career night, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Oct. 27: Careers in Medicine, 5:30-7 p.m.
Oct 28: Careers in Business and Leadership, 5:30-6:30 p.m.