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.
You might also want to explore The Best Places For Students To Write Their Resumes.
Here are my choices for “The Best Websites For Students Exploring Jobs and Careers”:
First, check out “Ideas for E.L.L.s | Teaching and Learning About Work and Careers” Is My Latest NY Times Post – Here Are Extra Resources!
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.
GCF Learn Free has a number of work-related interactives.
My favorite tool for resumes is Read Write Think’s Resume Generator
California Career Zone (which, despite its name, is useful for students everywhere) has three separate sections — Assess Yourself, Explore Industry Sectors, and Reality Check. They are all well-designed and accessible.
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.
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.
US Gov has career videos for kids.
Source: theundercoverrecruiter.comThis infographic doesn’t cite its sources, but it still seems to me to offer good advice:
OH WOW! The Learning Edge is an amazing site!! This will be a wonderful addition to my career exploration curriculum for my sp.ed. students. The whole list is excellent – thanks!
I guess with technology accessing our life and taking things over we will start using Video Resume web sites like http://www.mayomann.com more and more. Who does not has a webcam or a Camera in his phone.
Great list – thank you! The 2008 date stamp at the top of the page tripped me up a bit – I couldn’t tell if this was the updated list. Maybe add the text [Last updated xxx] to the first line?
I’ve thought of doing that but, since I continually update my lists, I’ve just decided it’s too big of a pain.