career awareness


Career awareness, the first stage of the work-based learning continuum, is the process by which students explore possible career clusters and specific jobs that are available and gain a deeper understanding of the different paths they can take toward a fulfilling future. Career awareness is a valuable opportunity to connect an individual’s own abilities and interests to related college and career opportunities.


This definition reflects general agreement by the interagency group and practitioners and offers a broader description of how career awareness is understood in the field.

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) recommends that career awareness begin with younger elementary students so they can connect their current activities to a meaningful career path.