Career-based Learning Activities

Inspire Southeast Wisconsin enables employers to easily offer and manage career-based learning activities to regional students and educators through the Inspire Southeast Wisconsin portal. Below, you’ll find an outline of those activities that you can select from.

Short Term Activities

Career Fair Participant

2-8 hours – Educator initiated

Participate in a career fair by having a booth or by meeting with a small group of students/job seekers as they explore their career options.

Oftentimes at the school/youth organization, but in some cases could be at your work-site.

Company Tour/Group Job Shadow

1-4 hours – Educator initiated

Tours allow classes of students and/or teachers to view an organization’s facility and operations.

At your work-site.

Competition Judge

1 -8 hours – Educator initiated

Help judge student projects, activities or competitions (FBLA, DECA etc.) that are related to your industry and provide constructive feedback.

Oftentimes at the school/youth organization, but in some cases could be at your work-site.

Career Coach/Mentor – single event

1-8 hours – Educator or student initiated

In a one time event, use your own experience and industry knowledge, guide individual or groups of students in researching career options that align with their interest and skills and develop a plan for education/training and other career preparation experiences.

Could be at your work-site, scheduled as a phone call or at school/youth organization.

Mock Interviewer

15–60 min. per interview – – Educator or student initiated

Help students develop their interviewing skills and provide constructive feedback.

Could be at your worksite or at school/youth organization.

Informational Interview Opportunities

30-60 min. per interview – – Educator or student initiated

Answer student’s questions about your job.

Could be at your work-site, scheduled as a phone call or at school/youth organization..

Resume Reviewer/Coach

30-60 min. per resume – – Educator or student initiated

Review student’s resume drafts and provide feedback either in person or virtually.

Could be at your work-site, scheduled as a phone call, reviewed via email or at school/youth organization.

Job Shadow Opportunities – One Day/Individual Student

2-8 hours – – Educator or student initiated

Allow students to observe and engage in daily routines and activities of your job.

At your work-site

Guest Speaker

30-60 minutes (per class) – Educator initiated

Speak to a group of students & teachers about your career, training and skills, or about general business topics.

Oftentimes at the school/youth organization, but in some cases could be at your work-site.

Medium Term Activities

Career Project Advisor/Support

1-15 hours – Educator initiated

Provide support to students while they explore real-world problems and challenges.  Assist students with projects by providing foundational knowledge/skills, giving feedback on progress and/or evaluating final results.

Oftentimes at the school/youth organization, but in some cases could be at your work-site.

Job Shadow Opportunities – multiple days

1-4 days – Educator or student initiated

Allow students to observe and engage in daily routines and activities of your job.

At your work-site.

Long Term Activities

Service Learning Placement/Unpaid Internship

5-30 hrs per semester – Educator or student initiated

Provide students/job seekers an opportunity to give back to their community by allowing them to participate in a project at your company.  This “hands-on” project can also provide them with experience and information in the area of their career interests.

At your work-site.

Career Coach/Mentor – ongoing or multiple event

5-30 hours – Educator or student initiated

Over a period of time, use your own experience and industry knowledge to guide individual or groups of students in researching career options that align with their interest and skills and develop a plan for education/training and other career preparation experiences.

Could be at your work-site, scheduled as a phone call or at school/youth organization.

Paid Summer/Part-time Employment Opportunities

5-25 hrs per week (summer employment could be full time) –  Educator or student initiated

Provide students valuable work experience that helps them develop employability skills and learn about career areas of interest.

At your work-site.

Co-Op or Youth Apprenticeship Employer

10-15 hours per week – Educator or student initiated

Provide students valuable work experience related to their career interests and aligned with their high school courses through a formalized Co-Op or Youth Apprenticeship Program. To learn more about Co-OP or Youth Apprenticeship Programs in Southeast Wisconsin please check out the Department of Workforce Development’s page HERE.

At your work-site

Scholarships Available

Educator or student initiated

Provide educational scholarships for students through your company or foundation.

 

Short Term Activities

Site Visit – Educator

2-4  hours – – Educator initiated

Educators visit business sites to learn daily routines and activities of a company.

At your work-site

Business Roundtable Participant

4 hours – Educator initiated

Experts discuss trends and industry standards.

Oftentimes at the school/youth organization, but in some cases could be at your work-site.

Medium Term Activities

Summer Externship – Educator

1 -2 days – Educator initiated

Provide educators with an opportunity to learn more about your organization, your industry and the needs in the region so that they can assimilate information into high school curriculum and programs.

At your work-site.

Long Term Activities

Advisory Board Member/Curriculum Advisor

10-40 hours – Educator initiated

Provide information about current industry trends and projections in order to begin aligning high school curriculum through a variety of workforce development and education preparatory committees.

Oftentimes at the school/youth organization, but in some cases could be at your work-site.