Career Test Drive® Fair

Career Test Drive® Fairs offer schools and youth-serving organizations a hands-on career exploration experience for middle school (7th and 8th grade only) and high school (9th through 12th grade). BridgeYear’s Career Fair allows students to “try on” high-demand, high-growth careers that do not require a four-year degree through life-size simulations. Our modules provide youth with meaningful career exploration by facilitating conversations around career pathways, time commitments, work lifestyle, career skills, and characteristics.

Our Available Careers

During the Career Test Drive® Fair, students will have the opportunity to explore their skills and interests. Learn about our 10 available Career Test Drive® modules and what students may expect during their experience in a career simulation.

Automotive Technician (Brakes)
Apply principles of hydraulics to a car braking system while examining wear patterns, diagnosing common braking malfunctions, and replacing worn brake pads.
Automotive Technician - Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS)
FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL ONLY: Use an electrical wiring diagram (EWD) to troubleshoot a customer’s advanced driver assistance system. If you find the issue, the system’s sensors will alert the client using lights and sounds when they are reversing into a space.
Uninstall an old pendant light and install a new pendant light to the ceiling of your client's home. If you wire everything correctly, the light bulb will turn on!
Install the piping for two sinks and connect them to the main sewer line. If your installation is correct, water will run through your system with no leaks!
Determine what tests the doctor is requesting for a patient and draw the blood samples needed for those tests.
Medical Laboratory Technician
Examine and analyze urine samples to help doctors determine if their patients are healthy or need medical attention.
Call Center Representative
Take calls from bank customers, acknowledge their concerns, answer their questions, and solve their problems, all as efficiently and friendly as possible.
Health Information Technician
Code medical procedures, organize information, and fix health insurance claims that have been assigned to you by your Health Information Manager.
Pharmacy Technician
Fill prescription orders for patients in need of medication. Accuracy and efficiency are key in this fast-paced environment.
Network Technician
Install and test network wiring to ensure each of the company's cubicles has working internet from the ethernet.

Packages to Choose From

See above for a complete list of careers and their descriptions available this year (10 total, 1 of which is only available to middle school). Below you will find our available career packages to choose from for your Career Test Drive® Fair.
  • Electrician
  • Plumber
  • Phlebotomist
  • Automotive Technician (Brakes)
  • Network Technician
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Electrician
  • Plumber
  • Phlebotomist
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Network Technician
  • Call Center Representative
  • Electrician
  • Plumber
  • Phlebotomist
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Automotive Technician (Brakes)
  • Health Information Technician
  • Electrician
  • Plumber
  • Phlebotomist
  • Automotive Technician (ADAS)
  • Network Technician
  • Pharmacy Technician

How to Book a Career Test Drive® Fair

Ready to book a Career Test Drive® Fair for your students? View the steps below to get started!

1. Schedule an Initial Call
Schedule an initial call to discuss your vision for a Career Test Drive® Fair and the requirements to make it happen.
2. Make the Reservation
Once we have had our initial call, you can reserve your Career Test Drive Fair® date by submitting a purchase order with BridgeYear.
3. Schedule a Visit

Schedule a site visit 3 weeks before the date of the event with a BridgeYear Program Coordinator and hash out or finalize logistics.

Schedule an Interest Meeting

Frequently Asked Questions

BridgeYear is a nonprofit organization founded to address the gap between high school and what’s next. We specifically work with students from underserved communities who might not have a plan after high school and introduce them to high-growth, high-demand career opportunities that pay living wages or above.

Our Career Test Drive®  Fair costs $3,000. Set-up an interest meeting with to get an exact quote. 

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from October through June.

Yes, during the introduction we briefly go over the available Career Test Drive simulations and instruct students to choose their top preferences. There are limited spots at each simulation and students are encouraged to make their choices quickly!

The number of career choices is dependent upon length of school period. Typically, students can experience 2 careers in a 50 minute class period and 3 in a 90 minute class period.

Seniors can learn more about careers and postsecondary pathways (community college, training programs, apprenticeships) by visiting our website. High school seniors gain access to an advisor through the website to receive more guidance on accessing their desired pathway.

We can work with a maximum of 60 high school students per period. For middle school events, we can work with a maximum of 30 students per period (7th and 8th grade only).