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Careergirls.org

Website review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Stellar starting point of vocational information for girls.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about working in government, the arts, transportation, STEM, and other fields from written items and professionals in videos. Girls get tips on developing soft skills like communication and writing college essays, assessing schools, and choosing a major; they can also express themselves by submitting artwork or writing. Adding citations for the salary and other factual career information that's mentioned would confirm it's from a credible source, and some sections could have more extensive content. Overall, the site offers some solid resources to help girls prepare to make future educational and career choices.

Positive Messages

The site content touches on integrity, exploration, leadership, and other admirable themes, and the overall intent is to encourage personal growth.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Careergirls.org is an empowerment-encouraging site that provides enough materials to help girls start thinking about what job they'd like to have, and how to get there. Kids don't need to register or submit any personal information, and they won't see any ads or inappropriate content. But they will be able to learn about different career options and access worksheets designed to help them explore how they feel about various interests and work they may potentially want to do someday.

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What's it about?

CAREERGIRLS.ORG offers more than 10,000 occupation-oriented videos, according to the site. Female marketing, finance, and other professionals discuss their backgrounds and offer advice on entering their field; a significant portion of the women presented work in STEM disciplines. Girls can also view information about what is required for a specific careers along with selecting a college and major, or hear about developing soft skills like teamwork abilities. The site also offers a career quiz and printable written activities, such as a career action plan document and integrity bingo.

Is it any good?

This informational site offers written career descriptions that include salary, skill requirements, and other job elements. Working professionals also briefly explain their educational and career background and address a number of other topics on Careergirls.org, such as goals, overcoming obstacles, and their typical day at work in video interviews. The career content is listed by specific role (actor, audiologist, etc.) and broadly by field, which can help girls who aren't sure exactly what position they'd be interested in narrow down their options. They can also search for information using career-related keywords, and enter sign language, Portuguese, or another language to see if any videos are available in it.

Girls may not make it through all the videos for each professional -- an interview with one producer, for example, yielded 21 -- but generally, they provide an interesting perspective and uplifting advice. The site has done an admirable job of including materials girls can print and use to further explore their interests and career options; an interactive quiz also offers some insight. But a number of the life skill-based empowerment lessons and other items are audio recordings instead of videos, which isn't the most dynamic way to present the information. Splicing together clips from other videos on the site or adding some sort of visual component would make them a more compelling learning tool. Some sections seem a little sparse -- only three careers, for instance, are listed under the Career Clusters energy heading, compared to more than 30 careers in the STEM section, and kids won't find corresponding role model videos for each career that's mentioned. But Careergirls says it adds content weekly, so it's likely more items will be available in those and other sections soon, and there's plenty of information available now to get girls started.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the importance of self-empowerment and motivating yourself to try new things. What are some things you can do to boost your self-esteem?

  • What subjects in school or other interests make your child happy? What could you do together to learn more about those topics?

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