Resources for Students
Thinking about a career after high school can be tough. There are so many options and so many paths that can be explored.
The good news is that plenty of people and organizations in the Pittsburgh region want to help.
In addition to the three “Rs” — reading, writing and arithmetic —
Students should learn the four “Cs” — collaboration, communication, critical thinking and coding.
Plus, industry leaders have emphasized that they are looking for workers who have or have the potential to understand: digital fluency, soft skills, leadership and continuous learning.
Start building those skills and searching for your future career:
Earn our Certificate
Take a brief survey to receive a certificate of completion which can be used as an artifact to meet an Academic Standard for Career Education and Work.
Attend Future Events
Find out when and where in-person and virtual events are taking place so that you can think more about skills and careers, plus meet with and learn more about employers and programs to help you develop them faster.
Career Exploration Tools
See how the data translates to job listings through Imagine Pittsburgh
Research high-demand jobs in the Pittsburgh region with Imagine Pittsburgh’s data and profiles of workers who have taken on those roles. Median salaries and top employers for fields like healthcare, information technology and business and finance are at your fingertips, plus search for jobs with listings in each field.
Turn your interests into a career with Start The Conversation Here project
With resources for students and their parents, the PA Chamber of Industry and Business Education Foundation created Start the Conversation Here. Separate guides for middle school and high school students help connect interests and skills to possible occupations. Take a closer look at occupations in high demand and calculate your future salary.
Read more data from the Inflection Point report
Developed by Allegheny Conference on Community Development, the 2016 Inflection Point report uses data to predict where jobs will be needed in the near future, and what employers, educators and members of the workforce can do to be ready for those jobs. The report was updated for 2017-18.
This document served as a basis for much of the data in this project, including identifying the workforce issues that we’re facing in the Pittsburgh region. Slower population growth plus an aging workforce that could trigger a wave of retirements, leaving job openings unfilled in its wake.
Watch and vote on What’s So Cool About Manufacturing videos by students
Sixteen regional contests allow students to create videos that showcase manufacturing across Pennsylvania. The annual events, begun in 2013, give teams of students and teacher coaches camera equipment, software and guidance to script, record and edit videos meant to help change perspectives about manufacturing careers.
Engage with other students, teachers and parents to Remake Learning
A network to share best practices and new ideas, Remake Learning hosts or connects learners to events that foster creativity, problem-solving, critical thinking, and collaboration. Its popular Remake Learning Days, held from mid-April to mid-May every year, has spread to several regions from its beginnings in Pittsburgh. Find out how to tackle challenges using maker learning.
Combine leadership and community service through the Future Readiness Lab
Grow in your abilities to communicate, lead, plan and collaborate through the Consortium for Public Education’s Future Readiness Lab. Take on a team project aimed at solving a problem in your community while building soft skills and preparing for your future career with the help of a mentor.
Think about future careers and study for your GED with Partner4Work
The workforce development board for the Pittsburgh area is called Partner4Work, which seeks to inspire students to think about their futures, connect job-seekers with careers and deliver solutions for businesses in need of talent. Check out GED and TABE skills test resources and other programs.
Download an apprenticeship toolkit from Catalyst Connection
Offering consulting and training services for small manufacturers, Catalyst Connection links partners to enable the growth, vibrancy and robustness for manufacturing in the Pittsburgh region. A part of the Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center Network, the nonprofit organization aims to help manufacturers respond to changing markets, new technology and competitive pressures. Learn more about apprenticeships combining on-the-job training with classroom learning.
Learn computer science — or teach it to your students — using CSforPittsburgh
More than 150,000 jobs in computer science exist could be created across the country each year through 2020, but only about 10 percent of schools offer courses. CSforPittsburgh, a part of Remake Learning, offers resources for learners and educators, like a QuickStart Guide to inspire teachers to include computer science in lesson plans. Learn more about tech summer and after-school programs.
Job Listings and Placement Programs
Find a summer job plus get professional development with Learn and Earn
For students ages 14 to 24, Learn and Earn is a six-week internship program that provides training in soft skills — the people and social skills needed to thrive such as time management and acting as a team player — through meaningful work experiences. Overseen by Partner4Work, the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, Learn and Earn has connected nearly 6,000 young people with jobs at more than 400 worksites. Apply from mid-March to mid-June or check out the resource guide that includes stories of past participants.
Search for jobs and find networking events through Pittsburgh Technology Council
The oldest and largest technology trade association in the country, Pittsburgh Technology Council connects tech companies with resources to help them grow. Business members can attend events and look for jobs, as well as connect to capital, grow their workforce and increase their visibility.