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Helping all students find their place in the World of Work.

World of Work

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The World of Work is a comprehensive PreK-12 curriculum solution aimed at early exposure for children to both self and career exploration in the ever-changing landscape of the global economy. Creating relevance to the real world and enabling students to map their educational goals to their possible future selves will maximize their investments in post-secondary education.
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Target Group
20 000
Children/Users
1
Country
2016
Established
Not-for-profit
Organisation
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Updated on April 18th, 2021
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Helping students find their place in the World of Work

Prepare Your Child For The World of Work

What we do?

The World of Work gives teachers the tools they need to prepare every child for the world of work in their futures. World of Work ensures every child knows they have unique strengths, interests, and values that are important in the world. This amazing program gives students hands-on experience and access to working professionals that broaden their future career goals. How can a child aspire to a career if they don’t know it exists? WoW gives students that exposure they need to understand the opportunities that lie ahead of them. Teachers will feel supported in their instruction of World of Work material while also seeing an improvement in student interest, engagement, and goal setting. We’re preparing every child, in every grade, every year to be happy kids, living in healthy relationships, on a path to gainful employment.

Exposure to Career Options at Early Age

World of Work tackles problems seen in the education system head-on. Every student who passes through the World of Work will be equipped with the knowledge of career options, participate in hands-on experiences, meet a professional in the career, and have practiced skills needed in that career.

By integrating the discovery of interests using the Holland Occupational Themes (RIASEC), the most researched of all occupational typologies, the World of Work not only gives every child a chance to learn about many careers, but also helps every child explore which career may fit their personality, strengths, skills, and values. Students involved in World of Work will not only know the how and what, but they will understand the why to everything they are learning. With each lesson they have at school, children will see how the lessons involving everyday subjects relate to a new field and why it is important to learn those skills and values.

WoW Implementation Framework

With the World of Work curriculum, students gain experience centered around six careers per grade level. If a student were to have the World of Work integrated into their education from Kindergarten to 12th grade, that would be 78 career options that children will have a deep understanding of upon high school graduation. 

The 4 levels of World of Work are simple: students hear about a career, simulate it, meet a professional in that career, and then practice or participate in a demonstration of learning.

The exposure each child gains to different careers helps them explore how their strengths, interests, and values are needed in the workplace. World of Work helps every student see that no matter what their interest or skill set, all skills are valuable and every person has a place in their community and is needed and valued in the workforce.


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Exploring The World of Work In Elementary
https://youtu.be/lrhH0tkCde0
Tom Vander Ark of Getting Smart Explores World of Work at Cajon Valley Union School District
https://youtu.be/zoI8sslsa7U
World of Work Community Partners with Mayor Bill Wells
World of Work Community Partners with Mayor Bill WellsEl Cajon Mayor Dr. Bill Wells talks about the impact of World of Work along with community partners including Illumina, Taylor Guitars, Heartland Fire, El Cajon PD, SeaWorld, Waste Management and KPBS.https://youtu.be/Y-GIoig6pFc
Dr. Peter McIlveen of University of Southern Queensland and Dr. Harsha Perera UNLV visit WOW
https://youtu.be/r5XwwZyA0e8
illumina at Chase
https://youtu.be/A7ri-Ru1G3I
Cajon Valley World of Work ASA Tour
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIuP543ae6Q&t=2s
20 Tips For Real Life Learning
https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomvanderark/2019/06/05/20-tips-for-real-life-learning/?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=facebook_page&utm_medium=Getting%20Smart&utm_content=20%20Tips%20For%20Real%20Life%20Learning&fbclid=IwAR0FtDay4JoWDte4Y7dX6zRNc3ztRWbCtEiPCmCGNS1dD-TNZgkY6Ukx4b0#75f5f13c4136
Delegates from ASU GSV visits Cajon Valley
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XA9xB8TQlz8
NCDC Modern Teacher Tour
https://youtu.be/Ey6hfSt2Bbc
Goodbye Buses, Hello Virtual Field Trips: Tech Takes El Cajon Students Beyond The Classroom
https://www.kpbs.org/news/2018/jun/14/goodbye-buses-hello-virtual-field-trips-tech-takes/
illumina at Chase
https://youtu.be/A7ri-Ru1G3I
World of Work at Taylor Guitars
https://youtu.be/cfSeEFo8HEw
Cajon Valley Explorer Parkway Plaza Experience
https://youtu.be/U-cUgVQPYt4
WD Hall World of Work Parent Event
https://youtu.be/Jz5rZ-HFc38
Mr. Coleman Leads Student Discussion About The RIASEC With 3rd Grade Students
https://youtu.be/UxllXFREh2A
Kurdistani Educators Visit Anza Elementary
https://youtu.be/FBetlNmsCok
Career Counseling - Finding the right career with costume shop manager Jemima Dutra - World of Work
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjU8NrWBTPE
Three ways we can improve career education in schools | San Diego Workforce Partnership
https://workforce.org/news/three-ways-we-can-improve-career-education-in-schools/
With Technology, Career Exploration for Students is a Click Away
https://www.ced.org/blog/entry/with-technology-career-exploration-for-students-is-a-click-away
The World of Work (WOW): Students Aligning Careers with Education
https://thelearningcounsel.com/node/1647
The World Of Work -- In Elementary School
https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomvanderark/2018/10/17/the-world-of-work-in-elementary-school/#5f77383dd128

Milestones

Achievements & Awards

June 2019
American Student Assistance Grants $1.2M to Bring World of Work to three districts in San Diego
June 2018
Axtell Independent School District in Texas becomes first to deploy World of Work
May 2018
World of Work Registered with United States Patent and Trademark Office
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