Why focus on career-based learning experiences (CBLEs)?

CBLEs directly connect learners in high school with employers, providing a clear pipeline of talent and unique opportunities for students to engage in internships, apprenticeships and other meaningful on-the-job experiences.

Career-based Learning Activities Workflow


CBLEs are an important part of career exploration for both the student and future employer.

Only CBLEs prepare students with the technical and employability skills they need to be prepared for the career of their choice.

Career-based Learning Activities Workflow
Know | Explore | Plan | Do

KNOW activities help build awareness of the variety of careers available and training needed to be successful. These experiences can be delivered as young as elementary and middle school and are common in high school. These are usually one-time experiences and require little time commitment. These can easily be conducted in a group format.

  • 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.
  • Company Tour/Group Job Shadow
    1-2 hours: Educator initiated
    Tours allow classes of students and/or teachers to view an organization’s facility in operation.
  • 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.
  • Educator Professional Development
    1-3 hours: Educator initiated
    Participate in a professional development, workshop, or conference for educators.
  • Scholarships Available
    Educator/student initiated
    Provide educational scholarships for students through your company or foundation.

Career exploration activities provide students with a deeper understanding of the workplace and the careers found within. Students explore career options for motivation and to inform decision-making. Career exploration activities begin in middle school and continue into high school. These are short term with limited contact time for the professionals from industry.

  • Career Project Advisor/Support
    1-15 hours: Educator initiated
    Provided 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.
  • Competition Judge
    1-8 hours: Educator initiated
    Help judge student projects, experiences or competitions 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.
  • Job Shadow
    2-8 hours: Educator/student initiated
    Allow students to observe and engage in daily routines and experiences of your job. At your work-site and can be extended over multiple days.