Translating a Career Day activity to a remote classroom or set of classrooms is a fairly straightforward process. While Career Days are usually conducted at the school in an assembly-like setting, in some cases Career Days may be organized for the remote classroom or set of classrooms via Zoom, WebEx, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet or some other technology. Virtual options are also possible, where learners conduct on-line research and share their findings, serving as a foundation for an activity and/or discussion in the classroom.
Remote Career Day Options
Remember, remote activities promote “live” learner contact with adult professionals and front-line workers via the use of technology
Career Day Remote Classroom (With Breakouts)
An industry or employer An An interactive, online career day where employers visit a classroom or classrooms remotely. After a panel presentation, learners visit individual industry partners in breakout rooms. At the end of the session, the class comes back together to share what they’ve learned and reflect on the activity.
Career Day Remote Classroom (Sequenced)
- Schedule a number of industry partners to visit the remote classroom or set of classrooms throughout a school day.
- Combine a brief Guest Speaker activity followed by a group informational interview.
Steps To Success
- Review the Career Day Guide and distribute materials to all parties
- Create a timed agenda for the Career Day
- Arrange for industry partners provide a panel presentation
- Assign industry partners to breakout rooms by industry
- Rotate learners or assign them to breakout rooms based on interest
- Rotate learners through breakout rooms
- Debrief in a group discussion(s)
- Get employer permission to record and reuse the session
- Select and test appropriate technology with all parties
- Decide how learners will pose questions (raise hand, chat box etc.)
- Decide who will moderate and who will provide tech support during the session.
- Conduct a dry run with learners.
Virtual Career Day Activity Options
Remember, virtual activities are generally simulations and provide learners with employer exposures through recordings, on-line research and related classroom activities.
Virtual Research & Share
- Have learners conduct online research on a range of careers in an industry of interest, gather information, find compelling recorded presentations on careers in the industry and have them share their findings in the remote classroom.
- Consider making it a team-based activity and have a small group of learners work together and prepare a presentation for the rest of the class or pathway cluster.
Hybrid options are those that combine some virtual activities with some live remote interactions with employers.
- Record a career day panel and use it as a basis for a remote classroom activity.
- If possible, have one or more of the career day panelists visit the remote classroom to share information and answer questions.
Tips For Success
- Select and personally practice using the selected technology.
- Make sure all learners have access to appropriate technology.
- Decide how you will have learners pose questions – Verbally or by entering on their device.
- Do a test run with your learners as well as the presenter(s).
- Preload any slides or presentations from the speaker(s).
- Decide how you want to manage the session. Sometimes it takes one person to moderate the session and another to monitor the technology and address questions.
- Decide which learner reflection activities will take place and how you will support them.
- Remember, it’s possible that parents or guardians will be around and would be a good resource for potential future speakers,
- Make sure you get feedback on the activity from the speaker and the learners.
- Record and post the presentation for others to view and use in their classrooms.