Opening students’ eyes to career opportunities is now easier–thanks to the Career Journeys video series, created through a collaboration between the Oregon Department of Education, the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, and the Journalistic Learning Initiative.

See the Stories

Every Journey
is Different

We’ve traversed Oregon — from populous Portland to the picturesque Coast to rugged rural communities east of the Cascades —all distinctly Oregon— to capture a wide variety of career paths and a diverse array of video stories. 

Follow their Journeys

Connor Lysne


” So why teaching? I love learning I love helping people and I love helping people feel like they’re capable of learning anything. ” 

See Connor’s Story

Hanin Najjar

Media Entrepreneur

” I think what what really motivates me in all of my work is being able to be a role model for younger generations. And if I can help them, or give them skills that they need to do that, then that makes me really happy. ” 

See Hanin’s Story

Fabian Carter

Communications Strategist

” I think the biggest skill is just staying genuinely curious about what you’re working on and asking questions… asking the ‘why’ as to what you’re doing and not just doing it for, you know, just the sake of doing something and asking those questions that are intentional and painting the bigger picture for yourself. ” 

See Fabian’s Story

Mahima White

Fisheries Biologist

” You can dream as big as you want–we only have one life to make these things happen. And if you find something that you really love and that you really want to do, do everything you can to make it happen. There are people out there that will help you. You just have to find them. ” 

See Mahima’s Story

Jonathan Van Roekel

Non-profit Director

” It’s always helpful to take a step back and really evaluate what you want, and what you feel you need to be happy. And a lot of times that doesn’t come in the form of money. It doesn’t come in the form of compensation. ” 

See Jonathan’s Story

Ayanna Richiliano

Freelance Designer

” It’s just really cool to have a finished product that I can look at and show people… like, this is something that you could touch. This is something that that exists out in the world that I’ve done. It’s really rewarding. ” 

See Ayanna’s Story

Nicole Rodriguez

Victim Services Advocate

” Seeing clients be resilient–even though they’ve been through some of the worst, most traumatic things that we could ever imagine–is what keeps me going. So when they’re able to keep getting up every day and pushing forward, that kind of resilience really is just infectious. And so that’s one thing that really keeps me going.  ” 

See Nicole’s Story

Justin Huntley

Construction Project Manager

” You don’t have to be the societal norm. You can make your own path. It doesn’t always mean that you’re going to have it all figured out. ” 

See Justin’s Story

Jocelyn Garcia

Medical Assistant

” Don’t let anyone stop you for what you want to become in life. Always push to be something better every day. And working in the medical field, it has helped me because I love helping people. I love helping them to make a change in their lives, too. ” 

See Jocelyn’s Story

Brian Schaudt

Physical Therapist

” The journey to your career is rarely a straight line, and that’s totally normal and it’s totally okay. Because when you take that curve off of your initial path, it helps to redirect you back in to the plan–and ultimately, a career you will be passionate about.  ” 

See Brian’s Story

Madeline Lau

Hotel Manager

” So my career journey has taken some twists and turns. I read once that for someone my age, it’s normal to switch careers seven times in your lifetime. And it wasn’t that way for our parents. So we’re kind of carving a different path. But I think it’s okay to try a lot of different things and figure out where your heart really lies. ” 

See Madeline’s Story

Emma Overmyer

3D Video Game Artist

” Own what you love and own what makes you special and unique and I think you’ll do really well in life. ” 

See Emma’s Story

Lynn Trann

Construction Specialist

” Perseverance has definitely been a big thing for me because I feel like I’ve had so many moments of failure and so many moments of doubt. But I really just had to keep thinking about what I want, what I want to contribute to the world, and how I want to spend my life. And that’s what got me here today.  ” 

See Lynn’s Story

Jake Blackburn

Real Estate Agent

” A motto I have is just, ‘make someone else’s day a little bit better, you know, lend a helping hand’. I’ve been lucky enough to have less stress in my life. My parents have helped me out a lot. And so I know that people are dealing with a lot worse stuff than I have in my life. So I always just try to help people out. ” 

See Jake’s Story

Miranda Allen

Park Guide

” The most rewarding part of my job is being able to really see guests have that ‘aha moment’… that ‘wow moment’. When I give a program and I ask questions and really get them to think about the fossils and the history here, I’m helping them realizing, ‘wow, this, this place is really special!’ ” 

See Miranda’s Story

Aileen Calletano


” When I was growing up, I didn’t really see anybody that looked like me in the position that I’m in right now. And I just want to show other younger girls and other younger people of color that they can be successful in a career like this. ” 

See Aileen’s Story

Brandon Larrabee

GIS Specialist

” For me, learning my cultural identity has done the most for my spirit, my mental health and knowing who I am and where I fit in the world. ” 

See Brandon’s Story

Nathan Kahler

Digital Marketing

” I believe if you’re passionate about something and you truly work hard at it, you can do whatever you want to do for a career. ” 

See Nathan’s Story

John Kish


” If you’re going to pursue any type of passion or career that you’re passionate about or start your own business and represent yourself. I really think you need to know who you are rather than figuring out what your passions are. Because if you figure out who you are, I think the passion is just naturally come along with that. ” 

See John’s Story

Cassandra Fleckenstein

Wildland Firefighter and Educator

” From June all the way through September – you’re not at home… and you’re missing birthdays and holidays and a bunch of other stuff, and it becomes a toll on the family that you left behind. ” 

See Cassandra’s Story

Derian Handfield

Police Officer

” Having that community presence and having that community behind you is huge. I’m big on rapport, you know–if a person knows me by my first name, that’s even better. ” 

See Derian’s Story

Jessica West

Health Sciences Teacher

” Teaching is not a nine-to-five job. You don’t just leave it at the door. You can’t if you’re emotionally invested in your students. You sometimes lose sleep over it. You worry about them like you would worry about your own family. ” 

See Jessica’s Story

Anabel Manzo


” When you see a change in the quality of life of someone that you’ve been working with, and they’re more independent and they’re able to be happier and have what they need —  that’s really rewarding, really seeing that difference in their lives. ” 

See Anabel’s Story

Jared Robeson

Sheetmetal Worker

” I would say to a young person, you know, don’t be afraid of work. I think there’s kind of been a stigma built around labor. There’s a lot of jobs that people need to do, and none of them are bad. They’re all very respectable. ” 

See Jared’s Story

Eddie Ramirez, DMD


” My job is rewarding in the sense that it’s a reminder that I was able to accomplish what I did with all these obstacles, with all these ‘no’s’, with all the rejection. And I always pushed myself and told myself I would succeed. Now being here, it’s so rewarding to say I made it. ” 

See Eddie’s Story

Olivia Crowley

Product Designer

” Having responsibility can be intimidating sometimes, but I think that, you know, we’re all doing a little bit better than we give ourselves credit for. And everybody has imposter syndrome. So even though I love my job, it’s something that I still work with nowadays. ” 

See Olivia’s Story

Daniel Garcia

Automotive Technician

” The first thing about coming to the US was the language barrier. So it was something that a lot of us that come from other countries experience right away. And I was lucky – I came here pretty early, so I went through middle school and then on up. And it was pretty tough. But I mean, if I did it, anybody else can. And so long as you put the work into it. ” 

See Daniel’s Story

Jordyn Coon

Agricultural Communications

” Even though I don’t work full-time on the farm, what I was able to gain from it growing up and learning from my family and working on the farm really gave me a sense of competency–and I felt really confident in my skills. And then the knowledge that I gained from that has given me the ability to work in different parts of the agricultural industry. ” 

See Jordyn’s Story

Mariah Stacona

Tribal Community Liason

” My career advice would be just finding something you love and that you’re super passionate about because once you find that, your job is going to be super easy. And in return, you’re going to be a better worker, a better educator, a better counselor… whatever it might be. If you love what you’re going to do, you’re going to be that much better at your job, and you’re going to affect lives in a positive way. ” 

See Mariah’s Story

Natalie Millar

CEO | Terminal Gravity Brewing

” I think one thing to remember: your twenties feel very stressful and very scary – and like every decision you make is for forever – or will be what you have to do for 10 or 20 years. And I think remembering that nothing is permanent, everything’s malleable, and that nobody has it all figured out is really important and helpful. ” 

See Natalie’s Story

Erica Carmona

Makerspace Instructor

“I hope that my students can see the ways that I advocate for myself, and I hope they use that as a model for what they can do as well.” 

See Erica’s Story

Dominic Herrera

Career Technical Education Instructor

“Life is what you make it every day. You know your choices. You surround yourself with what you want–your self-worth, whether it be positive or negative. And that will define who you can be.” 

See Dominic’s Story

Ryan Demello

Project Manager

“Everything has a solution, we’re always going to be able to find a way to get through it. So when something does come up, you have to be able to approach it with that mindset. And really, I mean, we’re here to solve problems. That’s what we do.” 

See Ryan’s Story

David Van Hook

Non-profit Director of I.T.

“Don’t be afraid to let your light shine for fear that you’re going to dim somebody else’s light. You know, let your light shine. So you may inspire other people to also let their light shine too. So be your best self. It’s completely okay.” 

See David’s Story

The Career Journeys Career Clusters

Selecting candidates for the Career Journeys project involves several key considerations. We’ve worked to find candidates across the state who have had vastly different experiences – both in their respective upbringing, educational experience and professional development.

Put simply, we want students and educators from every region of the state to feel like the work is relevant and meaningful.

We’ve found candidates from all 17 of the state’s community college regions. And we’ve selected careers to profile informed by the thousands of students who have used YouScience in our middle and high schools.matching student results with current high wage and high demand careers.

When viewing the Career Journeys series, watch (and listen) for examples of each of the 16 Career Clusters, listed below:

Agriculture and Natural Resources


Arts and Media


Computers and Tech




Health Sciences


Human Services

Law and Public Safety


Sales and Marketing

Teaching and Education

Transportation and Logistics


We’ve worked to create an all-in-one guide that is adaptable for classrooms (and learners) across the state. Alongside the video series, this toolkit includes resources to enrich the Career Journeys experience, through school-wide and in-class activities.  We’ve also included the Career Journeys design elements for further, independent exploration.

Access the Toolkit now

Career Journeys Methodology

Near-Peer Mentoring

Near-peer mentoring in Career Journeys connects students with young professionals, offering career profiles that resonate with their age group. This approach makes career paths relatable and attainable, inspiring students with real-world examples from individuals who recently navigated similar choices and challenges.

Open-Ended Exploration

Open-ended exploration is facilitated through Career Journeys videos, allowing students to independently explore diverse career paths. This self-guided journey encourages curiosity and personal discovery, as students investigate various professions at their own pace, tailored to their interests.

Review & Reflection

Post-video reflection activities in Career Journeys encourage students to contemplate and internalize the insights gained. These exercises, such as journaling or group discussions, prompt students to connect the career stories to their aspirations, fostering deeper understanding and personal growth.

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