It’s time for another one of my “The Best….” lists.
I think the best way for people to learn English is to find a topic that they are interested in learning about, and then create a situation where they need to use English to learn it. And certainly figuring out a future career is a pretty darn high-interest subject for most students.
And even though one of the key criteria I used to place a site on this list was if it was accessible to English Language Learners, the vast majority of these sites have also garnered high marks from my mainstream native-English speaker students as well. In fact, I think you’ll agree that all of the sites except for number ten are definitely engaging for young and adult students of all ages.
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Here are my choices for “The Best Websites For Students Exploring Jobs and Careers”:
Here are the top seven:
Career One Stop. The primary reason I’m rating this site so high is because of its numerous closed-captioned videos about every occupation imaginable.
Monster has an interactive virtual Virtual Job Interview.
Paws In Jobland is an excellent interactive site for young people to explore careers. It’s designed for younger students, and is also very accessible for English Language Learners of all ages.
GCF Learn Free has a number of work-related interactives.
Here are career videos in simple English from Kids.gov.
Here’s a nice downloadable sample job application form.
My favorite tool for resumes is Read Write Think’s Resume Generator
Here are second tier sites that are still useful (ignore number rankings):
Kids Work is number nine on my list, and is from South Carolina Public Television. It has a number of engaging and accessible activities about careers in health, television, and the theater.
California Career Zone (which, despite its name, is useful for students everywhere) is number six on the list and has three separate sections — Assess Yourself, Explore Industry Sectors, and Reality Check. They are all well-designed and accessible.
And now, for the number one-ranked website for helping students explore jobs and careers…..The Learning Edge. You’ll find eight issues of animated newsletters with text and audio support, and most of it is about jobs and careers.
I’m adding How To Write A Resume to this list. It lets students create their resumes. It’s free, very “scaffolded,” and provides multiple ways to download and print a hard copy.
I’m adding Salary Zone to this list. By using its “Salary Wizard,” you can find the salaries for many different occupations in different regions of the country. It’s an excellent way for students to research the pay for various jobs. It’s pretty accessible, though it might take a minute or two of teacher explanation to Intermediate English Language Learners.
The New York Times has a feature called Salary that lets you pretty much identify any job you want — in any location (in the United States) you want — and tells you the base pay for that occupation. The application is very accessible to English Language Learners.
The Virginia Educational Wizard is a cool interactive guide to careers and colleges. It’s obviously geared towards students in Virginia, but their Interest Assessment is one of the most engaging ones I’ve seen and would be a useful tool for any students exploring potential careers. I like that particular tool so much that I’m adding it to this list.
The Economy’s Toughest Task is the title of an infographic from TIME Magazine that shows what occupations will be growing and which will be shrinking as the economy recovers. It also gives assessments of different geographical areas.
“Exploring A Path To A Profession” is a simple Wall Street Journal interactive that guides users through a process of investigating possible careers.
My Next Move is an interactive from the U.S. Department of Labor that’s designed to help users identify potential careers.
Storytelling to help your career is a useful article from CNN that would require modification to be made accessible to ELL’s.
10 Things Job Applicants Should Know is from The New York Times.
GCFLearnFree.org is on a number of “The Best…” lists because of all its great sites and tools. I recently learned that they have recently updated their Career Exploration page with interactives and videos. It’s looks very good.
Here is a list of 25 tough interview questions from The Huffington Post.
The state of Michigan has a nice collection of closed-captioned videos talking about different health careers.
What Career Should I Choose? is an interactive that lets you pick a career and then shows you how it ranks in “potential salary, competition and market stability.” Obviously, other criteria need to be taken into account, but it still could be useful.
This infographic doesn’t cite its sources, but it still seems to me to offer good advice:
TED-Ed just unveiled a new continuing series of interactive “choose your own adventure” videos that students can use to explore different careers. And they’re inviting suggestions for jobs they feature in future videos, too.
You can read more about it at their blog, and you can try it out their video that’s embedded below.
All these links can also be found on my website, along with 8,000 others.
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