If you ask any young child what they want to be when they grow up, oftentimes you will hear answers like a firefighter, police officer, teacher, or veterinarian. For every student, these careers may not be the right fit for the strengths, interests, and values they develop as they go through school, learn, and grow. The World of Work program ensures that districts are able to expose every student in every class in their schools to a wide range of career options that suit their natural abilities. One aspect of the World of Work is the opportunity for students to go on virtual field trips that are streamed right into their classroom where industry professionals talk about their job and why they love it.
At WD Hall Elementary School in El Cajon, California, students were able to experience a World of Work Meet a Pro in person! Ranger Kyle and Ranger Jason from the County of San Diego Parks and Recreation came in and spoke about their experiences as park rangers. The students learned about how park rangers take care of the parks in the county, so the creatures and plants that live there can thrive. Students also learned how to care for animals, be kind to the environment, and identify plants. What a great opportunity for children interested in the environment, animals, or conservation to meet professionals who love their jobs. Check out a highlight of Ranger Kyle and Ranger Jason’s visit at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNWM7eBSHH8.
About World of Work: The World of Work is an initiative aimed at early exposure for children to career paths. The program focuses on integrating useful, real-world skills into everyday curriculum in a way that makes it beneficial for teachers and students. Teachers are provided with the curriculum and experiences necessary to blend traditional education with skills needed in the workforce, engaging students and getting them excited about the possibilities in their future. The World of Work curriculum uses a four level process to expose students from all grade levels to a broad range of careers and uses the RIASEC framework to support students as they explore their interests and workplace values. The World of Work empowers every child with the knowledge that their unique strengths, interests, and values are needed in the world and fosters happy kids, living in healthy relationships on a path to gainful employment. Call 877.717.2474 or visit www.worldofwork.net for more information.