Exploring is a unique career exploration program for young men and women ages 14-20. It provides students with an opportunity to learn about a wide variety of career fields and network with professionals already working in those fields. You get hands-on experience to determine whether or not a particular career field is right for you. You develop valuable networking contacts with professionals working in your selected career fields, and you get to know other teenagers and young adults sharing your same interests and aspirations. Exploring can be the first step in identifying career possibilities while having fun in an exciting and informal environment.
- Strong Personal Values and Character Development
- Build self-worth and self-confidence
- Leadership development
- Social development
- Unique career experiences, networking & internships
- Personal development
- Volunteer community service
- Group collaboration and teamwork
Most Career Exploring programs align with the high school calendar and begin in the fall, while some also offer summer activities, conferences, internships and other events. Most meet once or twice a month throughout the school year. There are dozens of career fields and over a 100 occupations to choose from.
Each year the local Career Exploring Office, in cooperation with area middle and high schools, administers career interest surveys of students. Students select their top two career choices from over 100 career options. This information is then used to invite these students to join local Career Exploring programs. There are currently more than 25 Exploring posts in the Columbus area.