A Comprehensive Career Preparation Teaching Resource for HSE & ESL Learners Reflecting NYS Regional Labor Market Statistics

Welcome to the CUNY CareerKit Project!

Work plays a crucial role in the lives of all adults. We as teachers and counselors in adult literacy programs know this from our own experience as workers, and as professionals, we know the importance of education to the working lives of our students. Whether adult learners are looking for a first job or a better job or entrance to a career path, they have many questions. What’s the next step in my work life? What are the options? What’s a good fit for me? How much will I earn with a high school equivalency diploma? How much can I earn with a college degree?  What kind of education or training do I need to prepare myself for my next job? For the job after that? What do I need to know about college? How can I find out?

The CUNY CareerKit Project is designed to support a range of literacy programming as it intersects with career exploration, planning and preparation. Using a pedagogy of inquiry and discovery, each sector-based CareerKit presents a range of lessons, activities and resources that support the continued acquisition of basic language and literacy skills in the broad context of work. It is designed to be used by literacy professionals who help students learn about and navigate career choices. Here “teacher” refers to all those who help students learn about careers, whether they are teachers, counselors, case managers or other literacy professionals. The activities take the form of practices already used in a language or a literacy/HSE class—reading and discussion, writing and revising essays, solving word problems, interpreting graphs and conducting research—all on the topic of work. Making the study of careers academic in nature supports the development of basic literacy skills and improved critical thinking. At the same time, students learn how to navigate career databases, interpret help wanted ads, assess job offers, analyze job outlooks and match their own interests to careers in rising industries.

Continue reading about the CUNY CareerKit Project

For inquiries about the CUNY CareerKit Project, please contact:

Ellen Baxt
CUNY Adult Literacy/HSE/ESOL Program

The CUNY CareerKit Project was made possible through funding from the New York State Education Department, Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services.

Manufacturing CareerKit

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Hospitality & Tourism CareerKit

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Transportation & Warehousing CareerKit

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Food Production CareerKit

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Retail CareerKit

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Construction CareerKit

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Download the CUNY CareerKits

The CUNY CareerKits are available below in PDF format. Programs may request adaptable versions in Word (.docx) of the materials by contacting Ellen Baxt at the CUNY Adult Literacy/HSE/ESOL Program. Click for adaptation instructions for New York State regions.

Have you used the CUNY CareerKits in your program?

We’d love to hear about how you use them! Please take our CareerKit user survey.