For Educators: 3 simple steps to get your students started on CareerVillage.org

This is a quickstart guide for educators using CareerVillage.org in classrooms. Following these three simple steps will allow you to provide your students with personal career advice from our tens of thousands of online volunteers!

Step 1: Get an invite code to give to your students

How long this takes: 5 mins
When to do it: Before class

CareerVillage.org makes it easy for you to keep track of your students’ progress and learning. But to do that we need some way of knowing which students are yours. So we created a way for you to generate an invite code that you can give to the students. Here’s how you do that:

  1. Sign up as an educator: https://careervillage.org/signup/educator/
  2. The site will ask you to create your first cohort. Once you’re done with setting up a cohort, you’ll be presented with an invite code. Give that to your students.
The welcome screen where you can get started creating your first cohort

If you miss the opportunity to setup your first cohort when you first sign up, no worries. You can always get back to that by clicking on the “dashboard” link in the top navigation, clicking on the “Learning” tab on the dashboard page, and clicking on the “Add Cohort” button. It looks like this:

The Add Cohort button that lets you… add.. cohorts…

Once you get your invite code, give it to your students and ask them to sign up as Students on CareerVillage.org using that code. (ProTip: If you hit refresh on your dashboard, you should start seeing your students showing up in your cohort. There might be a delay of a minute or so, but it should be pretty quick.)

At the Step 2: Ask your students to watch our “How To” video

How long this takes: 8mins
When to do it: At the start of class, right after you introduce the activity

Here’s a script you can use to introduce this activity:

Class, today you’re going to be getting career advice from working professionals online. We’ll be using a website called CareerVillage.org. They have tens of thousands of volunteers working in a wide variety of career fields. Today you will be posting questions that you would like to get answered that can help you be ready for your future career. This is a very big opportunity to get help, so I want to ask you to take advantage of this opportunity by asking for the most useful information you can get. We’re going to begin with a short video that lists some of the types of questions students can ask on CareerVillage.org. As you watch this video please start thinking about what types of questions you would like to get answered.

(Then share this video with the class:)

After that video is done, it’s a good idea to ask students to “Take 3 minutes to write down 3 career questions you would like to know the answer to in order to improve your personal career plan.”

Step 3: Ask students to post 3 career questions (20–30 mins)

How long this takes: 20–40 minutes, depending on how long you have 
When to do it: During class or in one-on-one sessions with students

Ask students to post their 3 most burning career questions up on CareerVillage.org. We also suggest walking around the class to review students’ contributions for grammar and content before they post them. Helping students get started on the right foot is best.

We also have some great “How To” videos that you might want to show. Here’s a great video called “How To Post a Question”: https://youtu.be/eut5E9-PlKU and one called “How To Ask a Good Question” https://youtu.be/K5NlUqZ4s0U

Bonus: A week later, ask students to share what they learned

If you really want to drive home the learning, give your students a homework assignment to write up a few sentences with what they learned from the advice that they received on CareerVillage.org. For example, you might ask students to do something like this:

Activity: What did you learn on CareerVillage.org?
1. Write down what your career goals and career plans were before using CareerVillage.org.
2. Write down how your career goals and/or career plans have changed based on the advice you read on CareerVillage.org.
3. Write down what you are going to do differently, or how you may feel different, now that you have received this advice.

Need help?

If you need anything you can always reach us at hello@careervillage.org

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