The goal for all Community of Practice members is to become well-versed to drive the use of SANDI tools and experiences in the career information/counseling ecosystem. Community of Practice members will hold educational workshops around different phases of an explorer's journey into a career.
As highlighted in the 10-Step Program Process, As explorers begin their Idividual Career Map (ICM) journey community of practice members can facilitate small group events to help individuals deepen their understanding of Nevada's Resilient industries, learn about the LEAP Framework, and explore virtual reality field trips that showcase Nevada's in-demand occupations.
What's the Goal of Showcasing the VR and Other Digital Tools to Nevadans?
Introduction of the Activity
Greet participants and give them a general overview of the workshop. Share what they will learn and explain the equipment and workshop setup. Explain to them what you do. By briefly profiling your background and framing SANDI's tools with your work, you show yourself as a subject matter expert, inspiring participants to listen to you.
As noted, you should talk about the learning outcomes of the session. What are you hoping individuals will learn during the workshop? What is the purpose? You might want to ask the participants what materials they generally use when conducting a job search. Where do they get information about jobs and careers? It is vital to help people remember why they are in the workshop and set up the expectation that they will participate, not just passively.
Appeal to emotions by making personal connections. Ask people who speak to share their names and try to remember what they say. If someone mentions that they struggle with changing jobs and learning new things, call back to this when you show something in the Lifeliqe library that illustrates the ease of learning in 3D.
Make sure you always positively engage people, never belittling them. If someone says, they don't want to use the SANDI tools and virtual reality experiences because YouTube is more accessible. Try framing that as a challenge to show them the wonders of SANDI resources: "Sure, YouTube is great. But not everything is in it, like this super amazing 3D model. Let's look at it and see if I can convince you it's cool!" If a person expresses resentment for being back for yet another training session, try to turn the person into a "voice of experience" for the entire group: "Hey, you mentioned you use YouTube a lot. Before we keep going, what is it you like about it?" NOTE to SELF: when you do this, the other people in the workshop will likely perk up and listen.
Title and Activity + Description
Each lesson will have a description of the title and a unique lesson plan for the workshop prepared. Give participants an overview of the activities.
Having the background information complete for each educational workshop will provide necessary materials for activities. A 'Click Map' is the process you will go through to customize a 1:1 meeting with someone ready to decide about training. Map the 'clicks" you will follow to show the pathway of information in Nevada's resilient industries related to a client's interests (from what they provided in their NV Career Explorer profile). Will you see interest in healthcare? Skilled trades? IT? logistics? Advanced manufacturing? These are the 5 SANDI resilient industries. Like everything, finding information online takes place through clicking. A pre-made 'click-map' will help move the 1:1 meeting within the hour allotted and model the steps so later the person can do it easily themselves.
Instructional Materials / Equipment List and Prep
Materials and technology are needed to aid in the two different workshops and the 1:1 meeting. The following is a complete list of what is necessary for both workshop types (larger and small groups) and the 1:1 session.
Note: not everything is needed in each session type. But familiarize yourself with all of these requirements.
use these and add your last two or have fun creating your deck!
Time Frame/Group Size
You might consider all kinds of groups for the small group and general programs to promote inclusion. The amount of time for all three workshop models is 1 hour. We recommend that 5 VR headsets be checked out for the small group programs. This will allow each participant to have enough time to experience VR within a one-hour program.
Large group gatherings will be up to you, and demonstrating the virtual reality should be done at a ratio of space to headsets. You should ensure that when participants use VR in the same room, there should be at least 10 inches between people, and demonstrating should be done facing a wall.
Important Note: If too many goggles are running too close to each other, there will be digital interference between one person and the next.
For a group of more than ten people. Gather everyone together to explain the educational workshop, expectations, etc. Be sure to keep tabs on timing to move the agenda forward.
What are we learning about? Automation and how that impacts the world
Did you know between 38% and 65% of jobs in Southern Nevada are at risk of being automated — either in part or in full — during the next 10 to 15 years. This means new jobs will be created, but most of us do not have the basic science, technology, engineering, and math (or STEM) skills necessary to work with machines. STEM literacy is linked to better jobs, higher pay, and greater resiliency in the labor market. While state and local partners have long worked to boost STEM literacy for people of all ages and stages, more work is needed now in the wake of job losses due to the pandemic and automation. This workshop will share STEM resources and emerging models for getting smart about how to keep pace in the new reality of lifelong learning. Leave the workshop with the current context and the opportunity to join a second small group workshop as an essential next step.
How will we Learn it?
Through our one hour together learning and discussing. After this workshop, participants will be able to:
Sample Step-by-Step Script:
For a group of participants of 10 or fewer people, set up a learning circle and a separate table with VR headsets set out.
Prior to this make sure to have completed the following:
This will help keep everyone engaged and excited to see the virtual reality equipment.
Gather everyone together to explain the educational workshop, expectations, etc. Be sure to keep tabs on timing to move the agenda forward.
What are we Learning About? Nevada’s Resilient Industries
How will we Learn it? On a computer, getting started with the Nevada Career Explorer, with QR codes used by participants' own smartphones or tablets to look at 3D STEM models related to skills necessary for an in-demand STEM job in Nevada and through group discussions/group research activities.
Sample Step-by-Step Script:
For a 1:1 counseling session, invite the individual to our counseling space. The client is ready to commit to upskilling, and you are spending time to give them a better perspective on a new NV resilient career, how much time/effort is required, and discuss available assistance.
The client reviews with you their progress to date:
Community of Practice Navigators will explain credentials of value through the 3 click maps you prepared in advance.
Follow the 3 "click maps" you created that match their STEM interest from what they shared with you about their profiles and what you learned from the "mini-course" results
Explorers will navigate 3 career pathways with precision:
Explorers will have a better perspective on the time, effort, and help available to upskill. You show them the training opportunity and ask them to think about enrolling. This then completes a three-step express effort to help people do the research and decide on a quality training program. If an individual decides to enroll help them right then, if they are thinking about it make a note of when you’ll follow up.
Sample Step-by-Step Script
Thank them for coming and asking them to fill out the survey.
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