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Guest Speaker Business

​Guest speaker visits are typically an early career awareness activity, at least in part because they involve less student preparation and easier employer recruitment than some other forms of work-based learning (WBL). They are also well-suited to be younger students' first introduction to WBL and build awareness in many students at a time. Guest speakers can enhance the relevance of classroom learning and broaden student awareness of potential careers and the education and training required to enter them. ​


WHY? Student Learning Outcomes of awareness experiences:
  • Describe different careers and the basic pathways leading to a variety of careers
  • Describe how basic skills such as math and reading are used in the workplace
  • Explain the importance of post-secondary education and training following high school graduation

HOW? Characteristics of awareness experiences:

  • Expose students to a variety of careers by connecting them with business partners (in-person or virtual)
  • Allow students to begin identifying areas of career interest
  • Allow students to observe, receive information, and ask questions to acquire knowledge and awareness
  • Relate school with the world of work by connecting careers to Academy/Pathway and post-secondary education
  • Can include classroom projects which emulate workplace projects​