Career Experience

Welcome to the Final Stage of Career Development

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Career Experience

Career experiences exposes youth to new opportunities, offering the chance to gain new skills, perspectives and diversify thinking while engaged in work-based learning. These experiences may look like internships or vocational apprenticeships, may include part-time or summer employment, or special projects that support direct application of their skills. There are many other organizational and individual benefits, including the increased ability to meet future talent gaps while simultaneously driving career growth.

As educators and businesses, the time is certainly now to harness our youth during this stage, to provide grace and sage advice to help build their confidence, their skill set, and their overall career readiness. The lessons and content found within this course will focus on navigating the workplace and developing knowledge and skills that will help them maintain focus on their career goals and keep the trajectory of success moving forward.

How will you PREPARE? Good luck!

Career & Job Fairs

Geauga Growth Partnership and OhioMeansJobs Geauga County supports college and career readiness by hosting a college or job fair at your campus.  These events can be presented in-person, virtually, or hybrid through the use of Premier Virtual Event Platform, a career fair and online hiring virtual platform. GGP and OMJ-G will work with participating campuses at every stage of the process, from initial planning, to identification and recruitment of company volunteers, working with staff to create curricular connection and extension activities, promotion of the event, and more. These events are typically 3 hours or more in length and can be extended to a community event where adult job seekers - alumni, family, or community members come to campus to connect with local employers. 

Youth Workforce Summer Incubator Program

The Geauga Growth Partnership Youth Summer Incubator Program was designed to increase opportunities for youth seeking career experience and the chance to develop key employability skills  that helps ensure long-term career success.  The program feeds into requirements for graduation and completion of work-based learning hours needed to obtain the OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal.

Are you a company wishing to support youth on their career development journey?

Consider becoming a 2023 Youth Workforce Summer Incubator Host Business. The link to the right will redirect you to our 2023 Host Business interest survey. Following this submission, you may be contacted by a GGP staff member.  

Youth Employment Experience

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Partnering with Geauga Growth Partnership members from across Geauga County, the GGP Youth Employment Experience connects youth directly with workplace partners in the delivery of high-quality work-based learning experiences during the school year – including job shadowing, industry mentorship, internships, and pre-apprenticeship programs.

Chardon HS & Solon Manufacturing

Chardon Local Schools logoSupporting the Chardon HS CREW program, this opportunity saw a Chardon HS Senior working part-time across various departments and roles within Solon Manufacturing. A combination of self-interest and exploratory work-based learning, Solon Manufacturing provided a well-rounded work-based learning experience through mentorship and guided application of knowledge and skills.

West Geauga HS & Ohman Family Living

West G logo    A 2022 GGP Summer Incubator student from West Geauga High School was extended an offer of employment to join the staff of Ohman Family Living, an assisted living facility. Despite this students alternate career goals entering the program, they plan to continue employment at Ohman and take the STNA exam this year to pursue her new career goal of being a nurse for those in assisted living.

Kenston HS & Leadership Geauga

Another example of an employment offer as an extension of participation in Geauga Growth Partnership’s Summer Incubator program.  Kenston HS Senior was invited back to non-profit Leadership Geauga to support leadership development programming and the Emerald Ball, the organization’s annual fundraiser.

West Geauga & ASM International

File:American Society for Metals (ASM) Logo.jpg - Wikimedia CommonsWest G logoA 2022 GGP Incubator Student was offered extended remote work while they go to college. This student valued their internship experience at ASM International and was excited to learn so much about materials engineering and embraced the opportunity to expand their professional network.

Career Experience (Unit 4)

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4.1 Introduction to Career Experience

4.2 Gaining Early Experience in Your Career

4.3 Navigating Compromise in the Workplace

4.4 Overcoming Obstacles in Our Career

4.5 Developing Your "Circle"

4.6 Communication for Professionals

4.7 The Value of Continuous Improvement

4.8 Show Me the Money!

4.9 Final Reflection - Career Experience