Career Explorers

Career Explorers is a 4-week virtual career exploration experience to help students learn about 8 different occupations within a specific pathway of interest.

Do you have a gut feeling that you belong somewhere in business, but don't know what is available?  Or maybe everyone has told you that engineering would be a good field for you, but you have no idea where to start?  Wondering how to use your natural artistic ability in a career to support yourself?

Kent ISD and local professionals are offering Kent County students, grades 7-12, an opportunity get these answers. 

This virtual career exploration experience will provide students the opportunity to: 

  • Interact with 8 professionals in a career pathway of interest through 30-minute Zoom Career Chats (career conversations)
  • Ask questions and get the "inside scoop" directly from people in the industry
  • Earn a certificate of completion to enhance scholarship/college  applications and resumes
  • Gain valuable insights about their own interests, values and personality
  • Practice time management, interpersonal communication, networking and critical thinking skills
  • Clarify their own career goals and develop next steps

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

  • Participate in 8 Career Chats. Students will have an opportunity to ask direct questions to the role models via the chat feature.
  • Compete a brief reflection for each Career Chat (a form will be provided)
  • Conduct one personal Informational Interview with an adult in a career of interest, and submit notes.
  • Complete an interest inventory and personality assessment to gain personal insights.

These Certificate of Completion tasks are intended to create a meaningful career exploration experience. The certificate provides students a credential to be used for talent portfolios, scholarship/college applications and resumes.

*While attendance during  the "live" Zoom events is expected, students with athletic or employment conflicts can also participate by watching recorded content.

 


8 Career Pathways will be highlighted in the 2021/2022 school year.

Health Care Occupations
October 5 - October 28, 2021
More information and registration is available here.
Registration deadline is October 1.

STEM Occupations (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
November 2 - November 30, 2021
More information and registration is available here.
Registration deadline is October 29.

Career Explorers Series

Christine Spencer - Surgical Technician Mercy Health
Leslie Kirschenbauer - Health Instructor KCTC - OCTOBER 26, 2021
Pam Sebright - Registered Medical Assistant West Michigan Dermatology
Michael Huhn - Orthotist Mary Free Bed
Angela Hall - Occupational Therapist Mary Free Bed - OCTOBER 14, 2021

Career Readiness Events

  • 15 Oct
    • P3: GE Aviation 2:00 PM to 2:40 PM
      P3: GE Aviation
      Date: Oct 15
      Time: 2:00 PM to 2:40 PM
      Calendar: Career Readiness Event Calendar - CURRENT
      Jose Velasquez, Kia Rodriguez and Humberto Tello from GE Aviation will discuss their engineering roles.
      Register Here!
  • 19 Oct
    • Career Chat 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM
      Career Chat
      Date: Oct 19
      Time: 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM
      Calendar: Career Readiness Event Calendar - CURRENT
      Michael Huhn, Orthotist
      Mary Free Bed


      Register Here
  • 20 Oct
    • Virtual Talk & Tour 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
      Virtual Talk & Tour
      Date: Oct 20
      Time: 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
      Calendar: Career Readiness Event Calendar - CURRENT
      Careers in Rehabilitation and Therapy - Mary Free Bed
      Occupations Represented: Physical Therapist, Recreation Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker, Registered Nurse
      Register Here
  • 21 Oct
    • Creating a Profile of a CR Graduate
      Date: Oct 21
      Time: 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM
      Calendar: Career Readiness Event Calendar - CURRENT
      In-Person PD at Kent ISD ESC (Rogue Room) 3 SCECHs Registration Link Coming Soon!
    • Career Chat 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM
      Career Chat
      Date: Oct 21
      Time: 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM
      Calendar: Career Readiness Event Calendar - CURRENT
      Pam Sebright, Register Medical Assistant
      West Michigan Dermatology


      Register Here