Work-Based Learning

Making the most from your work learning

  • I did it! I got the job!

    Making the most from your work-learning

    The best way to learn a job is to try it out. Getting an internship or trying out a job is a big thing! How can you make sure you get the most out of it?

  • Hi! We're you're PROMISE team!

    Don’t do it alone

    Of course, your PROMISE case manager and the rest of the team are there to help you through this process. But remember, the best part of learning about jobs while you are still in school is the people you meet.

    Even if you won’t be staying very long, get to know as many people as you can during your work experiences. You never know who will be able to give you a reference or a job lead in the future!

  • Reach out!

    Build a network

    Talk to people. Even if you might not feel comfortable talking with adults at rst, you will probably feel much better about it the more you do it. If you can, try to make notes about the people you meet during your work experience time in school. Who are they? What do they do? What questions do you have about their job? Do you think you would like that job?

  • Ask your boss what he expects from you.

    What’s a coach?

    You’ve probably heard about coaches in sports. But coaches aren’t just for football. A coach is someone who works with you to help you get better. Here are the things a coach can do:

    • Tell you what’s important to do.
    • Find out better ways of doing things.
    • Make you feel better when something went wrong.
    • Make you feel really good when you did well.
    • Help you through your mistakes.

    Your PROMISE case manager will set you up with job coaches to help you in the jobs and work experience.

  • Don’t be afraid to ask me questions!

    How can I find a coach or a mentor?

    A mentor is just another word for a job coach. Is there someone in your workplace who seems friendly? Who knows a lot about doing the job? Who you like? Who seems to be willing to spend a little time with you to help you learn the job? Someone who you feel you could trust? This person might be another good coach or mentor.

    Ask them if they could spend a little time with you to get the most out of your work experiences. Be sure to keep in mind that this person might be very busy.

  • Let’s talk about what you do well and what needs improvement.

    Getting feedback

    When someone gives you ideas about what you’re doing right or wrong, that’s called “feedback.” And it’s a very important part of learning how to do a job. Even when you get feedback about something you did wrong, it’s a great way to learn.

    When you get feedback, try to think about what you might want to do dierently at work in the future. While it might be hard to hear, it really does help you to get better at your job.

  • Let’s see if you remember the key points!


    You are in it alone.


    FALSE. If you have any questions while you explore work, make sure you reach out to your PROMISE case manager.

    Your parents can’t get help through PROMISE.


    FALSE. If your parents have questions about the rules around work, they can also reach out to your PROMISE case manager or to a parent center.

    Coaches can help you think through problems you have at work.


    TRUE. Coaches are very helpful people who can actually help you talk through problems that you encounter at work.

    If someone tells you something you don’t want to hear about how good of a job you did, you can just ignore them.


    FALSE. Feedback is something that you should always pay attention to, even if the news is not good. Talk through the feedback you receive with your PROMISE case manager or with your job coach.

  • Let’s review this chapter!


    You are not alone.  Reach out to your PROMISE case manager for help as you explore work.  You can also reach out to other people if you need help or have questions.  People like your parents, your guidance counselor, family friends who have jobs you are interested in, or eventually your manager or co-workers at your new job.


    Getting a coach.  Your PROMISE case manager can hook you up with a job coach who can help you find, plan for, and try out some jobs as you exploring work.  Here are some things a coach can help you do:

    • Tell you what’s important to do. 
    • Find out better ways of doing things. 
    • Make you feel better when something went wrong.
    • Make you feel really good when you did well.
    • Help you through your mistakes.


    Feedback can either be really nice to hear, or really hard to hear.  But everyone who gives you feedback is telling you how to be better at your job.  Even when the news isn’t good, try to listen with an open mind.  Your PROMISE case manager or your job coach can help you process the feedback. 

  • Chapter complete!