Real-World Career Learning Experiences Prepare Students for the Future

There are currently 6.5 million unfilled jobs in the U.S. right now with many employers reporting there is an insufficient number of qualified applications to fill those roles. Many states have recognized that real-world career learning experiences, like work-based learning, are key for preparing the next generation of the workforce and closing the skills gap.

This presents a great opportunity for districts to connect learning to life.

In a recent Naviance student survey on career planning...


stated that they planned to attend a 4-year college to reach their career aspirations


stated that they felt that they had too few career learning opportunities offered in their school


stated that they would like access to more real-world career learning opportunities, like internships

Naviance Work-Based Learning

Naviance enables schools and districts to provide work-based learning opportunities for students to experience as part of their career exploration and planning. Schools and districts can track and report on student career planning activities and engagement. Access to work-based learning opportunities allows students to enhance their career research and planning, preparing them for success in the workforce and paving the way for them to meet their future career goals.

Students can search, take action on, and track local work-based learning opportunities, such as internships, externships, job shadows, career fairs, field trips, and guest speakers.

School staff can enter available work-based learning opportunities for students to participate in. Staff will have visibility into the career paths students are interested in earlier, allowing them to provide the right activities and supports needed to best help students achieve their postsecondary goals.

How the Landscape of Career Readiness is Changing

As schools and districts focus on the whole student and getting them prepared for college, career, and life, there is an evolving focus on career readiness. What does the landscape for career readiness in K-12 look like today?

How Highline Public Schools Creates a College and Career Readiness Culture

Highline Public Schools is located in Washington state and serves 18,000 students from Pre-K – 12 across 33 schools in the communities of Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac, and White Center. The district is committed to equity in education, high expectations for all, and partnering with families and the community to ensure that all children achieve their potential.

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