- Career Experience Specialist
Career Experiences and Work-Based Learning
Students have a variety of options for gaining work-based learning and career experience as a part of their Academy education. The following list explains the types of career experience opportunities that may be available to Academy students which serve to enhance their learning and preparation for the workplace.
Career Fair - Students may have opportunities to participate in local career fairs and conferences. These events are considered field trips and must be arranged through the student's teacher, the Academy Counselor or Career Experience Specialist or the base school Career Center Specialist. One such event is the Apprenticeships and Skilled Workforce Career Fair hosted by Edison Academy which usually takes place in the fall to introduce students to employers who are seeking the skills they will develop during their classes at the Academy. Others may include engineering, public safety, and STEM career events offered by other Academies and local universities.
Individual Career Counseling - Students may request assistance in determining career direction through assessments of interest and aptitudes. They may also participate in workshops, class activities and special events to learn and enhance job search, resume preparation, interview, and business etiquette skills and follow up for individual help with the Career Experience Specialist.
Resume Writing/Critiquing & Interview Preparation - Students may participate in a resume lesson in their classes to develop a generic resume which they may customize throughout the school year as they attain new skills and experiences. Workshops focused on refining the resume and developing other Workplace Readiness Skills are offered throughout the year. \volunteers from business and industry may provide coaching for improvement of interview skills and resume critique in spring workshops such as the Mock Interviews.
Classroom Speaker Series - Area business and post-secondary education representatives may visit Academy classes to present information on various career fields and to provide information on the employment outlook for those careers to help students make career decisions and to better understand the “next steps” towards attaining their career goals.
Career Shadow Programs and Industry Tours - Opportunities to participate in these events may be offered throughout the year by collaborating business, industry and government organizations. Students may spend all or part of their school day with a business representative(s) to gain insight and an inside look and overview of a company, career field, organization, or government entity. Interested students should complete an “I want to Job Shadow” interest form early in the school year and prepare a resume to submit to the Career Experience Specialist in order to be considered for Job Shadow experiences that are offered. Industry Tours are typically offered on a first come first served basis to small groups of students in specific career-related classes.
Internships and Youth Registered Apprenticeships - Internships may be offered by organizations in the DC Metro area community. The purpose of the internship program is to offer qualified students the opportunity to apply and build upon Academy course skills and knowledge in a live workplace setting. Students build a greater resume of experiences and gain additional knowledge to better prepare them for their future careers. Internships may be paid or unpaid. See Student Internships for current and upcoming internship opportunities. Youth Registered Apprenticeships are similar in nature to an internship but the hours that students work and the time they spend in class are recorded and submitted to the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry Apprenticeships Office to grant them credit toward their apprenticeship training to earn Journeyman's licenses.
Internship Eligibility Requirements
- Maintain good academic standing in your school classes; a grade of B or better is the recommended average for the Academy class.
- Maintain a good professional business attitude in the classroom, with teachers, students, and all adults.
- Demonstrate excellent school attendance; a 95% attendance rate is recommended.
- Maintain good behavior, with no disciplinary actions taken against you.
- Be recommended by your Academy instructor and school counselor.
- Provide your own transportation to and from the internship site.
To learn more about the Career Experience Programs at Edison Academy, please contact:
Genie Williford Career Experience Specialist @email
Career Exploration, Research and Career Planning Links
- Naviance Student
- Virginia Education Wizard
- Virginia Career View
- Virginia Workforce Connection
- O*Net Online (tool for career exploration and job analysis)
- Bureau of Labor Statistics (Occupational Outlook Handbook, Career Outlook information, and more)
- Career Clusters in Virginia
- National Career Clusters Framework
- Virginia Career Planning Guide (CPG)
- Kuder Career Planning System
- My Next Move
- Virginia Employment Commission
- Career Video Downloads ( Career Connections New Jersey)
- CTE Trailblazers
- Vocational Information Center
NOTICE: MANY STUDENT INTERNSHIPS, YOUTH REGISTERED APPRENTICESHIPS, AND IN-PERSON CAREER EXPERIENCES ARE BEING LIMITED AND/OR SUSPENDED AT THIS TIME DUE TO THE CLOSURE OF SCHOOLS AND THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR UPDATES AND NEW INFORMATION TO COME.