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Department of Labor Promotes Career Web Site for Workers of the Future
Educators Urged To Use CareerZone Web Site to Guide Students into Rewarding Careers

Niagara Falls, NY (April 03, 2009) - At a news conference at Niagara Falls High School today, State Labor Commissioner M. Patricia Smith promoted CareerZone, the department’s award-winning online career development tool. The web site, at www.nycareerzone.org, was recently redesigned and features a special Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) portal for students to explore careers that are expected to be in high demand.

Over one million youth in New York State access CareerZone each year in the classroom and at home. The site offers direct access to in-depth career and education information for more than 900 occupations, including job descriptions, estimated wages and the job outlook for each occupation. Users can search and explore the CareerZone database by career interests, by career clusters, or by wages and educational level. More than 450 occupations have short video clips that demonstrate people on the job. This gives a young person a glimpse of the workplace and the daily tasks performed.

“In this tough economic climate, CareerZone can serve as an invaluable tool for today’s students to use as they prepare for their futures in a competitive job environment,” said Commissioner Smith. “It can help them to develop a ‘worker identity’ early on and focus their studies on the subjects they need in order to succeed in the job market when they leave school.”

“We’d like to see teachers across the state use CareerZone as part of their curriculum,” Commissioner Smith continued. “When students get excited about the world of work, they get excited about school, and they will want to learn.”

Currently, more than 400,000 middle and high school students have active career portfolios hosted on CareerZone. These portfolios are tied to the State Education Department Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) learning standards.

Nearly any career-related question can be answered on the web site, including links to college exploration, planning information and real job openings. CareerZone is linked directly to America ’s Job Exchange (AJE), a national job database. After selecting an occupation from the lists within CareerZone, students may access AJE to view openings across New York State .

CareerZone portfolio accounts are free to users. The account is a place to store results of work interests, skills and values assessments. Youth can explore and save information about their jobs and colleges of interest. These interactive career portfolios serve as a basis for creating resumes, documenting career plans and helping make decisions for the future.

For more information about CareerZone and career planning, visit the Department of Labor’s web site at www.labor.ny.gov.