Career Pathways for Middle School Students
On June 6, 2018, 14 School District of Philadelphia sixth-grade classes participated in a half-day career experience at 25 prominent area businesses. Each visiting group of students consisted of 10 – 20 children for ample student/adult interaction.
AGENDA FOR THE DAY
- 9:00 – 10:00 AM: Student transportation to host companies
- 10:00 – 10:30 AM: Welcome and introductions to the day’s activities and host company (including snack and bathroom break)
- 10:30 – 11:30 AM: Unique on-site interactive experience
- 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Meetings and activities with HR and accounting professionals to understand what type of work they do, the variety of jobs at the company, and the education and experience needed for these jobs (as interactive and hands-on as possible)
- 12:00 – 12:30 PM: Lunch provided on site by the host company. Additional colleagues are encouraged to join the group to talk with the students
- 12:30 – 1:00 PM: Meetings and activities with marketing professionals to understand what type of work they do, the variety of jobs at the company, and the education and experience needed for those jobs (as interactive and hands-on as possible)
- 1:00 – 1:15: Meeting / Q&A with C-level executive (students awarded participation certificates)
- 1:15 – 1:30 PM: Student / teacher surveys and closing remarks
- 1:30 – 2:15 PM: Students return to school
Past Host Companies
Become a Host Company
Host companies have the unique opportunity to engage Philadelphia middle school students and change lives.
The program provides students with in-classroom instruction followed by a unique experience where they visit your company to meet and interact with professionals in a workplace environment. The professionals, from a variety of fields and backgrounds, explain what they do and the type of education and experience that it took to get where they are today. The program shows students the importance of setting goals and developing a plan to achieve those goals. It also exposes students to a work environment that they may be unfamiliar with or may not have access to otherwise.