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Learn and Earn: Tips for Teens: How high school students can prepare for careers

Authors: DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology)


This three-page fact sheet explains to high schoolers their many opportunities to gain work experience while still at high school. Click on the "Web Links" tab to download the entire fact sheet as a PDF. Here are the introductory paragraphs:

"As a high school student, you may think that you have plenty of time to decide on your career path and to acquire the skills you will need to market yourself successfully. Some people believe that completing an academic program will guarantee them a job. This is not always true. What can you do to make yourself attractive to a future employer?

Start exploring your career interests and developing your job skills now! In today’s competitive job market it is essential that you possess relevant skills and experiences that will set you apart from everyone else. Work-based learning experiences can help you focus your career interests and develop job skills. Many high schools make work-based learning activities available to students."

The information in the fact sheet is organized under the following headings and subheadings:

Why Should I Participate in Work-Based Learning?

What is Work-Based Learning?
- Informational Interview
- Job Shadowing
- Service Learning
- Independent Study
- Internship

Who are Members of My Team for Success?
- Your School
- Your Family
- Mentors
- Community Resources

What are Some Program Options?
- School-to-Work
- High School/High Tech

The fact sheet concludes with a list of resources.

Contact Info:
Name:Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D.
Organization:DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology)
Address:University of Washington
Box 354842
Seattle, WA 98195-4842

Web Links

Download the fact sheet as a PDF

Home web page of DO-IT

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