Exploring is a unique career exploration program for young men and women ages 14-20. It provides students with an opportunity to learn about a wide variety of career fields and network with professionals already working in those fields. You get hands-on experience to determine whether or not a particular career field is right for you. You develop valuable networking contacts with professionals working in your selected career fields, and you get to know other teenagers and young adults sharing your same interests and aspirations. Exploring can be the first step in identifying career possibilities while having fun in an exciting and informal environment.

Student Benefits:

•           Strong Personal Values and Character Development

•           Build self-worth and self-confidence

•           Leadership development

•           Social development

•           Unique career experiences, networking & internships

•           Personal development

•           Volunteer community service

•           Group collaboration and teamwork


Most Career Exploring programs align with the high school calendar and begin in the fall, while some also offer summer activities, conferences, internships and other events. Most meet once or twice a month throughout the school year.  There are dozens of career fields and over a 100 occupations to choose from.  Some examples of possible Exploring programs include:

Accountant / CPA
Attorney / Lawyer
Author / Poet
Automotive Mechanic
Barber / Cosmetologist
Business (general)
Child Care
Computer Engineer / Technician
Computer Programmer
Engineering (General)
Fashion Designer / Model
Federal Law Agent
Fire Service

Health Careers (general)
Law Enforcement
Mechanical Engineer
Medicine – Sports
Physical Therapist
Professional Athlete
Skilled Trades
Small Business Owner / Entrepreneur

To learn more about Exploring opportunities please visit http://exploring.learningforlife.org/ To learn about Exploring opportunities in your community or to find out how you can help start an Exploring program, please contact the Pennsylvania Dutch Council at 717-394-4063.