Career Education

Exploring the World of Work

Career Education provides students with the opportunity to gain knowledge, experience, and credit through many different career exploration resources. It is important to give students the opportunity and support in Career Education in order to help prepare them for life after high school. These opportunities ensure that students enter college, other post-secondary schooling options, and/or the workforce with a more focused vision of their career pathway and plan.

Watch the video to learn more about the Career Exploration Opportunities at RHAM High School.

Career Education Advisory New.mp4

Current Trends in the Job Market

(DOL Update, CT Learns and Works Conference 4/25/18)

Current Job Market Trends

Career Day

2018 Career Day will be held on May 29th for all Juniors. The program will run from period 2 - 8 and will include a variety of professionals from our community to share information about different careers. In addition, students will learn resume writing skills, tips for freshmen year of college, and will get to burn off some energy in the National Guard obstacle course!

See Pictures from Career Day 2017 here!

See Pictures from Career Day 2016 Here!

Our goal for our Career Day is to create an atmosphere that will enable students of the RHAM community to learn about different career options, and learn that hard work and perseverance can help one succeed. We also want the students to have a better understanding about the educational and personal attributes that the current business community seeks in future candidates. We hope that our Career Day will help students to make informed college and career decisions. The day is typically held in April and is offered to Junior students and consists of different panels of speakers from a variety of career backgrounds.

Transition Fair

RHAM High School's Transition Day was held on Thursday February 15, 2018 in the Media Center. This program featured representatives from a variety of community colleges and post-secondary options. The idea behind this event was to offer students an opportunity to explore their options outside of the traditional four-year college pathway. Students visited our library to receive information about non-college programs. The Transition Seminar has been very effective in helping students make informed post-secondary and career decisions.

Job Shadowing

Job shadowing gives students the opportunity to experience what "a day in the life" is like for different careers they may be interested in. The job-shadowing program has been created and designed to help students gain more information about different careers that they have expressed interest in. Students will spend time with a representative in a field of their choice to see what that particular career is like. Students interested in job shadowing should see Mrs. Schadtle in the School Counseling office to set up a visit.

Job Shadowing FAQ

Q. What happens during a Job Shadow?

A. Students will observe a professional in a specific job and are encouraged to ask questions about the different aspects of that career.


Q. Will a bus take me to my shadow?

A. No. Students must provide their own transportation to and from the shadow.


Q. Are these shadows done during school hours?

A. Yes. All shadows are scheduled during the school day and count as a Field Trip absence.


Q. What if I want to shadow more than one thing?

A. Students can set up multiple job shadowing experiences.


Q. What grade do I have to be in to shadow?

A. Students must be a junior or a senior in order to go out on a job shadow.


Q. How do I set up a job shadow?

A. Contact Mrs. Schadtle in the School Counseling Office for more information.

Work-Based Learning

The Work-Based Learning Program is an individual mentorship program that awards credit to students who hold a job and work a minimum of 100 hours during the semester. Students work one on one with the Career Education Coordinator meeting periodically throughout the semester to complete the requirements of the program.

Students must apply to this program and meet the certain criteria to be accepted. Students may only complete one semester of Work-Based Learning, and have the potential to earn 0.5 credits.

Interested students should pick up an application packet in the Guidance office, from their Guidance counselor, or from the Career Education Coordinator.

For more information on any Career Education Services please contact:

Samantha Schadtle, CTE Coordinator/Business Education Teacher, samantha.schadtle@rhamschools.org