How it works
Students use Career Cruising every day to explore and develop their career aspirations. Career Gateway builds on a student's and job seeker's career development by connecting them to real-life professionals and is achieved online by:
- Linking careers they are interested in with local companies that hire those careers through online career discussion boards
- Connecting with company volunteers in the community through career discussion forums
- Taking their education out of the classroom by participating in work-based career activities (eg. company tours, job shadowing, summer internships, mentors).
Volunteers gain access and participate in these programs simply by accessing their Career Gateway account. Participation is FREE! Please click on the link below to go to Career Gateway and sign up.
Click here to sign up for Career Gateway
Employer participation is free!
Don’t know where to start after logging in? Download the employer guide:
- Career Gateway - Employer Involvement Guide
- Career Development Activities (Company or Volunteer)
- Career Coach Guide (Company or Volunteer)
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Or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Benefits for Career Professionals and Businesses
The benefits are huge! With all the students accessing Career Gateway as part of their career development curriculum, your involvement will:
- Increase your company's visibility in the community
- Actively build and develop your future workforce
- Promote careers in growing industries
- Highlight greater Boston as a great place to live and work
Career Gateway allows your company to reach job seekers and students in completing Associate degrees and certificates. Volunteers gain access and participate in these programs simply by accessing their Career Gateway account. The best part, is that participation is FREE! Here are some ways you and your company can choose to get involved with Career Gateway to impact our future workforce:
Career Fairs give students and job seekers a look at a variety of occupations. Business people can staff a booth or meet with groups of students to provide information about the careers available at their companies. The more interactive and hands-on the better the experience for both the student and employer.
Participation in a variety of workforce development needs and education preparatory models along with education, other businesses and organizations. Committee work might include pathway exploration, advisory committee for a particular school or related subject.
Tours allow groups of students, job seekers, and/or teachers to view an organization's facility and operation and to see what happends outside the classroom.
Guest speakers talk about their job, business or industry, with students, job seekers, and/or teachers. This can be done in a classroom, auditorium, workshop, or at a community event. Speakers are encouraged to bring visual aids, and props that they can pass around. The more interactive and hands-on the better!
Internships provide students and job seekers with opportunities to experience "hands-on" learning in the area of their career interests and apply classroom learning in a real-life environment. In addition to exploring a particular career pathway, industry, or occupation, students learn workplace readiness/soft skills and entry level job skills and begin to build their portfolio and professional network. Assignments may include occupation-related tasks and/or special projects. These experiences may be paid or unpaid, and students may receive school credit for them, and reflect a range of hours per week depending on the employers needs.
Mock interviews help students and job seekers develop and practice job interviewing skills. Employees who regularly interview job applicants (often human resource professionals), interview students and job seekers, asking typical "realworld" questions. After the interview, participants receive constructive feedback regarding their interviewing style and how they responded to the questions.
Informational interviews allow students and job seekers to explore a particular occupation and gather information about the necessary preparation, required knowledge, and other interesting facts. Information interviews help students and job seekers broaden their vision of career fields, gain exposure to different adult role models, and understand the connection between school, work, and achieving goals. During the interview, a business person provides the participant with a glimpse of what the career is like, the necessary training, and workplace requirements. The student job seeker prepares a set of questions and the interview can take place in person, by phone or e-mail, or in a group.
Employers offer opportunities to experience "hands-on" learning in the area of their career interests and apply classroom learning in a real-life environment through a part-time or summer job. The student may do occupation-related tasks and/or special projects. These experiences are paid and occur over the summer or after school during the school year.
Students and job seekers "shadow" one or more employees at a business site to learn the daily routines and activities of a particular job. Businesses and employees who host job shadows go about their regular work while discussing it with the student. The individual observes the employee and "interview" the employee about his/her work and education. Job shadows help students develop communication skills and make the connection between academic classroom work and their career goals.
Many high school and post-secondary students participate in academic competitions. Judges ensure competition rules are followed and provide direct feedback to the students on their performance. Judges receive training in advance to ensure they understand the competition rules, and receive ongioing support from the organization in charge of the competition.
Offer or post a scholarship program tailored to the needs of the industry or career desired.
Service Learning Opportunities
Service learning opportunities give students and job seekers an opportunity to give back to their communities while performing meaningful projects at local for-profit businesses, government agencies, and non-profits. Many senior projects (required for graduation) involve service learning projects.
Virtual Career Coach
Virtual career coaches answer student and job seeker questions about their jobs, offer advice or otherwise support individuals via an online forum. This allows career coaches to volunteer from their desk at work, at home or when traveling, and allows students access to a network of knowledge, supportivie adults they might not otherwise be able to reach.
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