Welcome to the Lincoln High School Career Center
Stop By Room 101 To Start Exploring Your Path During And After High School
Unsure of your future plan? Want to explore career fields? Looking for a job or internship? Need to update your resume? The Career Center can help!
The Career Coordinator, Shannan Fasold, works with students to support them on all aspects of their career exploration; which might include looking for a job shadow, volunteer, internship or part-time job, preparing a resume or for an interview, or figuring out possible career paths.
What is a CRLE?
Career-Related Learning Experiences (CRLEs) are structured educational experiences that connect learning to the world beyond the classroom. PPS requires students to write reflections about two CRLEs but most students complete many throughout their four years of high school. Some CRLEs happen at school and are arranged by your teacher. Community organizations and industry groups sponsor career days, mentor and internship programs too. Many students arrange their own half or full day job shadows by asking a neighbor, family friend or a friend's family member to host them. Some examples of CRLEs are:
- Job Shadow (half-day experience at work with a non-family member)
- Internship (structured work + learning experience)
- Industry-sponsored Career Day (one day event)
- Industry-sponsored Career Mentor Program or Career Exploration Program (long-term commitment)
- Community Service Project/Volunteering (with a career focus)
- Career Field Trip with LHS teacher or club advisor
- Fall Media Day with Ms. Rechner
- Medical School Cadaver Lab field trip with IB Bio
- Oceanography Field Study day the coast with Ms. Zwissler
- School-based career activity with an occupational focus (e.g. mock trial, publications, theater production, etc.)
- Regional Career Fairs
- Career-themed Lecture or Guest Speaker
- Scrub Club guest speakers share their healthcare career stories
- SPARK lectures at LHS (some but not all are career-focused)
- Stumptown Speakers Series
- One-on-one Information Interview (with a non-family member)
Exploring Careers On Your Own
Consider creating your own half-day job shadow or 30 minute information interview with a non-family member to learn about an occupation or organization. Start by asking friends, family, teachers, neighbors, etc. who they might know that works in your career field or organization of interest. Most people are happy to spend time with students sharing about what they do--all you have to do is ask!
To prepare for a job shadow/informational interview: Look up your host's occupation in Oregon CIS and study topics like Specific Work Activities, Preparation and Job Outlook. Visit the organization's website to better understand their services or products. Consult this list of questions and add your own. Consider what you will wear to fit in in the workplace. Plan your trip, calculating when to leave home or school to be on time. Will you need to allow extra time to find parking? Check out TriMet's TripPlanner tool to help you make streetcar, bus or MAX connections.
Be inspired by these job shadow stories of University of Oregon business students.
Calling Parents & Alumni!
Think about becoming a Cardinal Career Consultant. Are you willing to host a LHS student at your workplace for a job shadow? Are you open to invitations from teachers to be on a panel or speak to their class? Does your organization ever hire interns or part-timers? PPS Career Coordinators use the district's PartnerConnect database to identify local professionals like you. Learn more and register yourself and/or your company here.
CRLE Reflection Assignments
Please avoid the following common errors when completing the assignment:
- writing one sentence when asked to write two paragraphs
- writing about paid employment
- writing about a one-time "good deed" type of community service (picking up litter for SOLV, donating blood, repacking donated food at the Oregon Food Bank, etc.) rather than a prolonged volunteer activity that introduced you to an occupation (e.g. coaching Little League, interacting with patients at a hospital, working on a political campaign).
Class of 2023 CRLE Reflection #1
(9th grade CRLEs are usually teacher-directed. Later in high school you can write a reflection about a CRLE you initiated because of your interest in an occupation or industry.)