Career Development & Workforce Readiness
The “Career Development & Workforce Readiness” category of the Great Places to School addresses the gap between academic curriculum and the skills employers seek. It acknowledges that many students graduate without necessary job readiness skills like writing applications, developing CVs, and preparing for job interviews.
This category honors schools that assist students in developing their career aspirations and orienting them towards success-oriented careers. As employers seek ethical, innovative employees who can work effectively in teams, solve problems, and build trust, the recognized schools are those that instil these values and competencies during students’ formative years. It also considers whether schools organize career fairs for their students.