Careers in Gear

CareersInGear-ForWebSouthern Oregon is teaming with dynamic, entrepreneurial businesses with incredible career opportunities.  Thousands of high school students in our region enter the workforce every year and have very little knowledge of the exciting career pathways right her in their own back yard.

Careers in Gear is a one-day expo that will bring hundreds of high school students from 19 different high schools together in one place to explore the incredible variety of careers options in Southern Oregon and give them some tools to encourage their pursuit of careers in our region.


Students are divided into small teams, led by business volunteers, who will explore careers in our region through interaction with businesses and workshops relating to workplace success.

Students will participate in an Exhibit Hall, meeting a wide variety of employees from the top industry sectors in our region, alongside career military personnel, and faculty from Community Colleges, Universities and technical schools – all showcasing multiple pathways to exciting careers.

Students will be engaged before, during, and after the expo through their respective high schools, to encourage continued pursuit of career options in Southern Oregon.


Careers in Gear is an excellent way for schools in incorporate a Career Related Learning Experience into their students’ portfolios.  Registration begins in the fall of each school year, and is on a first-come-first-served basis.  Schools agree to provide a CLRE activity before and after student participation at Careers in Gear to create a holistic learning experience.  Grades 9 through 12 are welcome although the target audience is typically 10th grade students who have not yet created a post-secondary plan.  Priority is given to returning schools.


Careers in Gear is a business-driven event.  Hundreds of business volunteers lead the day and share their expertise with the students.  There are many ways for a business volunteer to get involved:

  • Lead a small team of students for the day
  • Teach a workshop
  • Showcase your career, product and service in the Exhibit Hall
  • Sponsor the event (Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Sponsorships are available)
  • Contribute a door prize
  • Volunteer to staff the registration table

Businesses – Click Here to Register for the 2017 Careers in Gear event: Careers in Gear – Business/Organization Registration Link

Get involved with our local workforce efforts to grow our own, and keep them in our region!  Your next generation of employees awaits!

For more information, contact Deanna Wilson, Careers in Gear Event Manager, Junior Achievement, (541) 842-3920 or