Career Explorations is a three-day event for youth on the Cornell University campus. The purpose of this conference is to provide youth with exposure to academic fields and career exploration, to develop leadership skills, to provide hands-on experience in a college setting and to introduce you to Cornell University. The event is made up of two grade specific tracts: University U for youth entering grades 7-9 and Focus for Teens for youth entering grades 10-12.
Quick Facts about the event
Conference Date: June 27-29, 2017
Location: Cornell University
Participant Arrival: 10 AM – 12:00 PM on June 27
Departure: 2:30 PM on June 29
Cost: $260 per person Please note: transportation to and from the event is at the participant’s own expense. Some CCE Associations charge additional fees to cover these transportation & chaperone expenses.
Registration: Opens March 27, closes June 1, 2017
- University U: teens entering 8th – 9th grades
- Focus for Teens: teens entering 10th – 12th grades
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Information for Cornell Partners and Program Facilitators
Connecting Kids to Cornell and Careers - Connecting Kids to You!
We are looking for campus partners to join us in this summer's Career Explorations Conference. We hope you will join us! Here is more information on how to get involved.
Preparing for the 2017 Conference
- Information Video
- Online proposal form
- Fact Sheet about the Conference
- 2017 Schedules and Focus Program schedule template
- 2016 Conference Evaluation summary
Planning a Program
- Cornell Center for Teaching Excellence
- 4-H Learning
- Experiential Learning
- Youth employment needs from the Campaign for Youth
- Supporting research for youth career exploration programming
Questions? Email Alexa, the Event Coordinator
Conference Planning Team
The Career Explorations Conference Planning Team includes 4-H Educators and youth leaders from across NY.
This year we have two roles for youth leaders on the Conference Planning Team: Focus Assistant and University U Assistant. Teen leaders will help plan, implement, and evaluate the success of the 4-H Career Explorations Conference. Teens should be at least 16 years old and have participated in Career Explorations in the past. The Conference Planning Team anticipates selecting 20 Focus Assistants and 8 University U Assistants. We are in the midst of recruiting Focus and UU Programs right now. Focus Assistants will be matched to programs after this recruitment process is complete. Focus Assistant Advisors will chaperone FAs during the Conference.
- Focus Assistant Job Description
- University U Assistant Job Description
- 2017 Career Exploration Teen Leader Online Application (please use this one online form to apply for either role) and questions (to help youth prepare to submit their application). Online applications are due February 3, 2017.
Information for Participants and Families
Joining the Conference
- Conference Flyer
- Program Facts (pdf) or interactive pdf - including conference participation guidelines and program descriptions)
- Registration Form for families - Youth and families should register through their local CCE 4-H office (look here to find yours!).
- NYS 4-H Code of Conduct - youth and adult volunteers should sign this. CCE Educators, please upload to 4-H Online.
- NYS 4-H Permission Slip - everyone (youth and adults) should fill this out. CCE Educators, please upload to 4-H Online.
- Online registration form (Cornell netid required) - - CCE Educators, please use this link to register all your youth and adult participants.
- Keep up with updates and share with your friends on the Facebook event
Cornell University is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. Please contact Alexa to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.
Preparing for the Conference (coming in the spring)
- Conference Map
- Orientation Video
- Emergency Preparedness resources from Cornell Emergency Management
Career Exploration Resources
Possible Selves Tree Activity - Possible selves are ideas about what you might become in the future. They have to do with what you can be, what you would like to be, and what you are afraid of becoming. Exploring possible selves can help you learn about yourself and explore pathways to making your hopes reality.
Career Clusters Student Interest Survey - self-assessment from Advance CTE
Target Your Interests - self-assessment from NY Career Zone
Soft Skills to Pay the Bills- provides information to youth on how to exhibit the soft skills employers are looking for. Sponsored by the US Department of Labor.
Websites to Explore
Cornell Animal Careers site - explore the wide variety of animal-related careers.
New York State Career Zone- provides interactive help in creating a resume, cover letter, and determining careers that best fit your skills.
Occupational Outlook Handbook- provides a wealth of knowledge about different careers. Sponsored by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Provides information on average salaries, future job demand, education needed, work locations, personal qualities, similar occupations, and contacts for more information.
STEM Jobs - Resources for youth exploring careers in STEM
Discover E - Resources to explore careers in engineering
Advance CTE - Career and Technical Education resources
New York Department of Labor- provides valuable resources for youth who want to become employed in NY. Explains youth protection and labor laws in easy-to-understand terms.
College Board- interactive search for different colleges. Provides tips on applying, financing your education, choosing majors/careers, and taking standardized tests.
Career One Stop- provides search results for careers, salaries, education, and resumes/interviews. Sponsored by the US Department of Labor.
Youth Rules! Preparing the 21st Century Workforce - US DOL website provides labor laws for your state, youth worker tool kit, summer jobs, and everything you would need to know in order to work as a young person.