When we went to 100% digital/distance learning, I knew our career fair we were planning for this year was going to be a no-go. But if I’ve learned anything, I am certain that school counselors are experts at being adaptable and pivoting when a situation changes or new needs arise.
A co-counselor and I worked on this together. We created a Google Folder to work simultaneously and prep some of the communication ahead of time. The entirety of the planning + roll out took about 3-4 weeks.
- log into your Google account
- click the Google apps button in the top right by your avatar icon (looks like 9 dots)
- click on the Sites icon
- our homepage had a welcome message and instructions
- we had one page with our 16 career cluster categories
- each career cluster linked to a page that had the name of the career, the company the person worked for (if they chose to disclose that information), the city and state where they were located (if they chose to disclose that), and the person’s name
- each career title text was linked with the Google link that the professional shared with us in the Google Form they filled out (a few people uploaded to YouTube which was totally fine, we just used that link)
- you’ll need to check each link to be sure sharing settings are public and that anyone can view the video (I checked this from my computer and from my phone making sure I wasn’t logged into any Google accounts and could still see every link on the site)
- if students want the professional’s contact information, we will provide that on a case-by-case basis (we didn’t post this information publicly)
- we had one more tab for extra career resources (things I pulled from our main counseling website)
- be sure to publish any changes on your site every time you update
- be sure your site sharing settings are public if you prefer to share it in that way- your shareable link will be at the top with a link icon
- I’m sure there are YouTube videos out there on creating basic Google Sites if you are still struggling with this or maybe you have a “techy” teacher at your school who can help you set this up!
I hope your Virtual Career Fair is a hit and that your school community benefits from your hard work!
Download all of the email, social media, and Google form templates that you need to host a virtual career fair by clicking here. They’re free and editable!