Future Ready Mentor Toolkit

Look Beyond

Good grades and “book smarts” aren’t enough. There are so many opportunities to gain work and life experience outside of the classroom. Students need your help to identify jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities that help them explore interests while building workplace and interpersonal skills. Students also can use these experiences as an opportunity to explore career options they are interested in pursuing. The experience can vary from paid work to job shadow experiences to volunteering.


  • Leadership and extracurricular activities outside of the classroom help students build valuable interpersonal skills such as collaboration, communication and teamwork.



  • Connecting Activities, an initiative of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, facilitates structured work-based learning and career development experiences for students through partnership with 16 local workforce investment boards.


  • Volunteering is a great way for students to explore a personal interest, acquire workplace skills and explore a career option.
    Downloadable PDF: Why Volunteer?


  • The Future Ready Resource Finder contains information on free and low cost college and career ready programs and resources throughout the state.