If you’re a high school student and you are considering your future options, you may want to take advantage of an event coming up in a couple of weeks. During the week of April 26-April 30th, careers in the Berkshires will be showcased through the 2021 Berkshire Virtual Career Week. This event aims to engage high school students, mainly in grades 10-12, in career awareness and exploration through a blend of live Zoom sessions with local professionals and scheduled broadcasts on Pittsfield Community Television. However, the opportunity is available for viewing by Berkshire residents of all ages who are interested in learning more about the current labor market landscape in the Berkshires.

Via PCTV, portions of the live sessions will be broadcast, and career-related content will air when there is not a live Zoom meeting. All videos will be available after the week-long event in PCTV’s online educational library.

Typically, throughout each school year, students in high school attend various career awareness and exploration events such as the Berkshire 10th Grade Career Expo and various Job Shadow days. Since there has not been a regional event of this nature since 2019, this is a chance to dive deep into the many interesting career pathways in the Berkshires.

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This is an amazing opportunity for high school students, especially because of the wide variety of resources and career opportunities! There are so many different career paths to learn about and several career readiness skills to develop. ~ Talia Cappadona, high school intern at the Berkshire Workforce Board


A unique feature of this week-long event is a Virtual Job Fair hosted by the Masshire Berkshire Career Center on Tuesday 4/27 from 12-4PM. Adults and youth ages 14-21 seeking jobs are encouraged to attend and connect with local companies who are hiring.

To register for the job fair, visit www.MasshireBerkshireCC.com and visit “Calendar of Events.”

Schedule 4/26-4/30:

Every day from 8:30-10AM will be Live Career-Focused Zoom Sessions for students with local employers/professionals, which will consist of a 15 min keynote speaker(s); 45 min-1 hour breakout rooms/workshops (students select ahead of time); and 10 min closing/survey feedback.

Some days 11AM and after will be general Work Readiness Live Skill Building Workshops.

  • Monday 4/26: STEM
  • Tuesday 4/27: Healthcare and Human Services
  • Wednesday 4/28: Hospitality and Tourism; Communications
  • Thursday 4/29: Building Trades and Advanced Manufacturing
  • Friday 4/30: Education and Public Service

* For the full listing of live Zoom workshops, CLICK HERE.

Additional career related content to air on PCTV includes: Teaching, Pediatric Nursing, Printing, Realty, Farming.

A full schedule with all programming will be available prior to April 26 at www.masshireberkshire.com

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