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Career Exploration


Middle school is the ideal time to help students begin to explore interests and related career options. Careers CLiC offers opportunities for Upper Valley students in grades six through eight to learn about economics from guest speakers and to discover how local workplaces use school subjects on the job every day. These programs inspire students to plan for opportunities that await them in high school.

Job Shadow Day

Each year, nearly 500 Upper Valley eighth grade students spend part of a day shadowing workers to learn about career fields in our community. Students participate in guided career exploration activities in school that prepare them to engage with local employers. Students gain insight into a variety of occupations, explore work culture and reflect on their own aspirations.

Thank you to our 2019 Job Shadow Day Sponsors and our 2019 Job Shadow Day Hosts!

Upper Valley schools can Request to Participate in Job Shadow Day.

Business leaders can Volunteer to host students on Job Shadow Day.

Anyone can Make a Donation to support student career exploration on Job Shadow Day!

“Job Shadow Day was a blend of exploration and enjoyment. While talking to my host and others that I met, I uncovered career choices I didn’t even know about!”    –8th Grade Student

Economics Programs

Guest speakers from area businesses share their experiences, introducing students to the fundamentals of personal finance, citizenship and entrepreneurship. In the Upper Valley region, Careers CLiC offers the following middle school economics programs:

Upper Valley educators can Host a Program in their classrooms.

Business leaders can Volunteer to teach JA lessons in local classrooms.

Anyone can Make a Donation to give students access to JA in local schools!

“I enjoyed the opportunity to share my expertise with students and find it rewarding to know that I am able to ready students for important financial and career decisions that will come their way.”    –Junior Achievement Business Volunteer