WBL = Work-Based Learning
Guest speakers give students a chance to listen to presentations about a career, business, or organization. This prompts them to ask relevant questions as they consider whether it is a field that interests them.
Guest presentations help students build knowledge about the education and training needed for a particular job, career path, and entry into the industry. The structured activities:
- Allow students to listen, receive information, and ask questions.
- Enable students to begin identifying areas of career interest.
Volunteer Application (required background check)
Three formats deliver unique experiences to students and employers as the activities are organized through:
- Classroom preparation, including research on the industry and participating businesses;
- Employer orientation and support; and
- Reflection on the experience orally and in writing.
Tools and Materials
Guest speaker presentation organizers and participants can use the following resources to plan, implement, and review.
Student Guest Speaker Checklist
Tip Sheets and Fact Sheets
Teacher Guest Speaker Tip Sheet
Employer Guest Speaker Tip Sheet
Employer Guest Speaker Fact Sheet
Guest Speaker Research Activity
Guest Speaker Student Reflection
Work-Based Learning Activity Evaluation (for teacher, coordinator, or host)
Work-Based Learning Activity Evaluation (for student)