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Career Awareness Resources

Career Awareness experiences are designed to promote awareness of careers, workplace norms and employer expectations, as well as personal interests and aptitudes.   

Provided below are resources which may aid CTE programs in developing career awareness experiences for students. Please note that certain resources may include costs to access utilize certain features. There may be other resources available beyond what are listed on this page. Questions regarding compliance with Education Law 2D should be directed to your administrator and/or chief information officer.

Disclaimer: Posting of resources on this form does not constitute an endorsement from the New York State Education Department. Teachers and coordinators have the final authority, in alignment with local policies, to choose and utilize the resources that best meet the needs of their students. Consideration must be given when choosing career awareness resources for programs that must meet New York State Department of Health and New York State Department of State and other regulatory guidelines.



United States Department of Labor

Provides extensive career information including O*Net and the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

New York State Department of Labor

Provides extensive career exploration tools including Career Zone.

Cue Career

Provides extensive career information which aggregates the resources of industry associations for career exploration/ navigation and workforce development.

Khan Academy

Provides free online lessons in careers, networking, financial planning, and entrepreneurship.

Hats and Ladders

Helps students explore career by unlocking Hats (potential careers) and learn basic information about those careers. If they are interested, they can “try on” a career by completing hands-on activities, engaging in real world experiences, and informal and formal workplace skill building.

Virtual STEM Adventures

Interactive career exploration site

Virtual Internships

Virtual internship resource teacher created

Power Skills 4 Success

Professional skills development resource

Skills to Succeed (S2S) Academy (through ACTE)

Provides an engaging multimedia interface that delivers high-quality career planning, job exploration and a unique ‘flight simulator” for job seekers.


Provides online talks with industry professionals on a wide array of subjects.


Provides a free career planning platform that includes online tools for students to plan their career portfolio, develop career readiness skills, and track progress toward careers. This resource is only accessible for free through making an account with CTE Learn.


Provides a comprehensive career exploration and planning tool which can be used for self-examination and career opportunities.

You Science

Offers aptitude and career skills assessments


Helps students to discover, plan, and pursue career interests in a video-based career planning platform, including interactive tools to help students develop career paths.

 Harbor Freight EdCorps

Provides experience and support resources like e-commerce technology, toolkits, and personalized support to dozens of skilled trades classrooms in public high schools around the country using student-run businesses to develop hands-on skills and the entrepreneurial mindset at the same time.

Open P-Tech

Provides free digital learning on a range of professional skills

Career Day Inc

Provides an introduction to professionals in different career paths.

100 Mentors

Brings employers in to support students as they prepare for careers.

Virtual Enterprise (VE)

Provides in-school, live business simulation that offers students experiences in project-based collaborative learning and the development of 21st century skills in entrepreneurship, global business, problem-solving, communication, personal finance, and technology.

Virtual Internships Foundations

Provides 14-18 years old students remote career exploration and professional development opportunities.

Today’s Class

Provides interactive online learning system for various career areas.

Reality Works

Provides simulation resources that can be used remotely for developing professional skills and technical in several CTE subjects.

Career Solutions Publishing

Provides online programs intended to teach and measure technical and professional skills.