Career Discovery Week
Launched in 2020 as a joint initiative between the Partnership for New York City and New York City Public Schools, Career Discovery Week will return from March 6-10, 2023 for its second year.
An Introduction to the Business World
This year, over 85 of the city’s major employers joined forces to build a bridge from the city’s classrooms to the world of business. Since its launch, Career Discovery Week has given more than 9,000 tenth graders the chance to gain a better understanding of the future job opportunities available to them as they spend a day at company worksites, learning about the city’s varied industries and wide-ranging career possibilities.
Examples of Career Discovery Week activities include:
Hearst – Students tour the Good Housekeeping Institute, decorate cupcakes with Food Network Magazine, write their own headlines and learn about careers and life at Hearst from colleagues across the organization.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. – Students participate in technology themed career development programs, join a build-a-thon with employee volunteers and meet with the data and analytics team to learn about their work.
NBA/WNBA – Students learn about a career in sports, how to build their personal and professional brand, and what the business of basketball looks like.
New York City Transit – Students ride in the MTA’s new EV bus to tour the Zerega Bus Maintenance and Training Facility.
NYSE – Students tour the historic stock exchange, and present mock company pitches.
PwC – The PwC team give a creative computing and technology demonstration followed by a career readiness workshop and panel.
The Howard Hughes Corporation – Students visit the brand-new Tin Building & Pier, and work on a “build your own city” project.
Tishman Speyer – Students get a behind the scenes tour of Rockefeller Center and Radio Park.
About Career Discovery Week
Career Discovery Week is part of NYC Public Schools Student Pathways, an expansion of career-connected learning that provides work-based learning opportunities and career exposure. Tenth grade students are selected for Career Discovery Week from participating schools, focusing on students whose exposure to careers is limited.
Schools have been matched with public and private employers based on alignment between curricula and industry sector; students from the Bronx Academy of Letters visited Hearst to learn about the world of publishing; students from the Business of Sports School visited Peloton; students from the Theatre Arts Production Company School participated in programming by the Shubert Organization.
Career Discovery Week is a major collaborative effort by a pan-industry group of companies from the city’s public and private sectors that builds on a 2018 research report developed by the Partnership and Oliver Wyman. It demonstrates the commitment of the business community and employee volunteers to help young people in New York City take the first step toward building a career path.