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Sitting in a classroom, doing online research, or participating in exposure events is one thing, but actually seeing how those concepts are applied in a real work situation is pretty exciting.

Gaining experience in the real world of work is a great way to see how your studies and education pathway can lead you toward the career of your choice. 

open the experience Section of the 3 Es Worksheet

What are some opportunities to gain real-world experience?
  • Take technical education and other classes that build your skills in your chose pathway
  • Get a part-time job; All work helps you build skills
  • Talk with local employers about the skills you’ll need and how to get them
  • Volunteer for a local cause or organization
  • Participate in work-based learning opportunities
Career Goals

As you’ve gained experience, you have likely found one or two careers that align best with who you are, but do you have a clear image of who you would like to be in the future? Your vision is a “picture” of what you desire in your work life. Putting this vision into words, can help you establish and reach your career goals.

What’s Next? Once you are ready to pursue a career goal, the next step is to build the training and education path to achieve success in that career. Ask yourself these questions:
  • What skills do I need for the careers I’m interested in?
  • How will I acquire the skills I need?
  • Who can help me learn more?