Career videos show the types of work in which individuals employed in a career field, cluster or pathway are engaged. Nebraska Career Education, in cooperation with the Nebraska Departments of Labor and Economic Development, offers an array of virtual career tours of Nebraska-based businesses and industries. Discussion guides for the teacher and viewing guides for students have been developed for each career tour. These virtual industry tours provide a unique opportunity to get a glimpse inside Nebraska-based industries without leaving the classroom. Interviews, tours of the business environment and “pop-up” information and statistics on job markets, salaries, and educational requirements are part of each career cluster’s videos. The videos are free and accessible at Nebraska Career Tours.
CareerOneStop videos, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, offer a large video collection that allows students to learn about careers, industries, skills and abilities, or work options and education levels. The Career and Cluster videos show the work that people do in nearly 550 careers, organized by the 16 career clusters. The Skill and Ability videos explore the skills and abilities employers are looking for in job candidates. Work option videos focus on non-traditional careers and work options.
- Provide a supplement to information that can be obtained through other work awareness strategies such as curriculum, career fairs, guest speakers, etc.
- Students explore a career field or pathway in which they have an interest.
- Enable a large number of students to explore a variety of career opportunities efficiently.
- Provide the opportunity to gain an understanding of all aspects of an industry.
- Identify videos that are current, short in length and include a broad range of demographics (age, gender, ethnicity, etc.).
- Clearly communicate the objectives of viewing the career video(s) to the students.
- Provide a student viewing guide with key questions or information for students to watch for while viewing the video (salary, educational requirements, job description, occupational outlook, personal characteristics, skills and knowledge needed, career readiness skills needed, advantages/ disadvantages/rewards/challenges).
- Guide students to think about the importance of the particular career or job by posing an anticipatory set of questions.
- Develop a set of questions related to the video to pose to the class for discussion or written communications activities.
- Have students list career readiness skills referenced or demonstrated in the career video and explain the importance of each skill to success in that career.