The CUNY CareerKit Project is a set of curricular resources for HSE and high level ESOL students that blend critical literacy skills with career exploration, planning and preparation in 10 different growing industries. Each of the 10 CareerKits is designed to engage HSE and high level ESOL students in reading, writing, math, critical thinking and digital literacy activities. The CUNY CareerKits are thoughtfully planned, and chockful of relevant resources – graphs, articles, videos, writing assignments, and more. As of this writing, there are careerkits for healthcare, technology, and community and social service available for use. The CUNY Careerkit in Education and Childcare is coming soon.
One of the strengths of the CUNY CareerKits project is that each of the 10 careerkits follows a similar format for career exploration. For example, students always start with an analysis of the labor market, using research to help them see what the outlook is for jobs in each industry. Similarly, each careerkit gives students the chance to think about their own interests, experience, and education in the “Knowing Myself” unit. In the unit called “In Their Own Words” students get to hear narratives (both written and in videos) of workers already in the field. The final unit in each careerkit addresses the other important job that many of our students have: parenting. In the unit “Parenting is a Job, Too” students learn the latest research on parenting and how it relates to the well-being and educational attainment of their children.
The CUNY CareerKits are fully formed curricular materials, but units and lessons can also be used. Read the introduction to the CareerKits or take a look at one of the three available careerkits today at http://bit.ly/cunycareerkits.
If you have used the CUNY CareerKits with your students, we would love to hear how it went. Please post your thoughts in the comments section below.
Sample pages from three CUNY CareerKits (healthcare, technology, & community and social service):
Analyzing the Market
Choosing a Career
Parenting is a Job, Too
A Client’s Perspective