Career Mentors Guide Students to Career Paths

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), February 19, 1999 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

Career Mentors Guide Students to Career Paths

Byline: Gerald Chapman

For more than 15 years, Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 and the Education to Careers Partnership have worked together to help students understand the relationship between what they learn in the classroom and what they will do in their careers.

As educators, we strive to help students see that going to school is more than getting through a class or getting into college; it is about learning and applying information and skills that will assist them in becoming successful, productive members of the work force.

Linking students with more than 800 area businesses, the Career Partnership gives students exposure to a variety of careers to help set realistic career goals and appropriate educational paths.

A new opportunity from the Career Partnership this year, "career mentors" are working at Palatine, William Fremd, James B. Conant, Schaumburg, and Hoffman Estates high schools to link students with job shadowing experiences in their fields of interest.

Often students have unrealistic perceptions about what a specific profession may be like. Through these evening or weekend experiences, students have a chance to see if the "reality" of a job matches their vision and is something they might enjoy.

Through job shadowing, students can determine if a career field has much to offer them. In many cases, students learn that there is much more to a career than they had anticipated. By meeting with professionals in their fields of interest, students learn about the daily responsibilities of a job as well as appropriate educational paths to follow once they set their sights on a particular career.

The students can work with their parents and counselors to focus their high school coursework towards these interests and explore appropriate post-high school educational plans.

One other successful opportunity provided by the Career Partnership during the summer months is a week-long career exploration program that allows students to research a particular field, learn resume writing and interviewing skills, participate in job shadowing at several locations and have a business lunch with professionals in the field.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Cite this article

Cited article

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

Career Mentors Guide Students to Career Paths


Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?