Educators & Job Coaches

Welcome to Destination Occupation! I am Rachel Knight, a Maine native and teacher for over 20 years and I created Destination Occupation. My mission is to help educate students and job seekers about awesome careers that we have right here in Maine! I believe that education, whether it is learning your three R’s (reading, writing, or arithmetic) or learning about career options, is critical to independence. We want our students to go out into the world with a good plan, with good skills and a good chance to succeed. Education is a means to independence, self­-reliance, self­-worth. This applies to people who are adults and are looking for a career change or who have been left out of the workforce for any number of reasons. Or for people who are trying to figure out what is next. I also do this because I love Maine and want it to continue to be the “way life should be” for those who choose to live and work here, because there are opportunities and options. You just have to know about them.

“I have been using your lessons with my 7th and 8th grade JMG students. I love how you show the varying levels of education, skills, and resources all well represented and easily accessible. The resources are a great tool for providing additional information and direction. For my middle school kids these are an effective way to reinforce information presented in the video. For older students and job seekers I can see how the information and resources would be that much more valuable by providing concrete direction. And I love that you note learning styles in the employee profiles!”
~Carolyn Collins, Jobs for Maine’s Graduates Specialist, Pittsfield, Maine

What is Destination Occupation?

DO is a growing online community of career exploration videos that features employers. We feature Maine employers in a combination of videos that feature a company profile video and individual job profiles. Most of the jobs featured are in high demand around the state.  One job may be featured at a business in a town far away from you, but don’t worry!  The jobs we pick can be found all around Maine and by many different employers! We also have started to feature employment, vocational and educational/training programs & agencies.

Our videos:

    • Explain what the employer/program does
    • Explain what knowledge, skills & behaviors are needed to be successful in Maine’s job market
    • Tell short inspirational stories that explain why employees like their jobs or students like their educational program
    • Showcase the culture, benefits, and career opportunities available

You can learn about how to use Destination Occupation below in three simple steps: Watch the Video Explanation on How Destination Occupation Works, then check out the Visual on How Destination Occupation Works, and finally read the How to Access Destination Occupation Resources.

Video Explanation On How Destination Occupation Works




Visual On How Destination Occupation Works

The goal is for you to help your students and clients know their options, make an informed choice, acquire a skill set and be successful! Ultimately they will find a career that fits their skills, interests and personality!

How to Access Destination Occupation Resources

Resources are provided in two different ways. You can find LINKS EMBEDDED IN VIDEOS or in CAREER RESOURCE BOXES.

Embedded in Videos

Notice the “Visit Hancock Lumber Employment Page in the right hand corner? That is a live link that will take you directly to that page, it will only appear for a short period of time.

Career Resources

Career Resources contain important career exploration information. These resources are links that will help your student or client dig deeper into the career exploration process. These links range from:

  • Education & training programs
  • Helpful career related articles
  • Job Descriptions
  • Any additional information that help your student or client develop a better understanding of the world of work – its benefits and expectations.

See example to the right.

Career Resources

Interested in a career as a Food EquipmentTechnician?  Explore the career resources below!

Check out the Programs at one of Maine’s 27 Career and Technical High Schools

Check out the HVAC Programs at Maine’s Community Colleges and Northeast Technical Institute

Wonder why retirement benefits matter?  Watch this short animated video to find out!

FREE Lesson Plan and Templates

Suggested scope and sequence: Introduce a company profile one day, follow up with individual career profiles subsequent days using either Templates provided: Skills, Interests & Personality OR Detective Matrix

Use this simple Company Profile Introduction Lesson plan when starting Destination Occupation for the first time.  There is also a Company Profile Follow Up Lesson and Template for group work that piggybacks nicely with the Company Profile Introduction Lesson.
Skills, Interests, and Personality This template can be used in middle or high school classes, with any video and allows for documentation of career videos watched and a reflection exit assignment.
Detective Matrix This template is perfect for middle or high school students and helps answer the question, “when am I ever going to use this?” Students look for evidence of and track the skills needed to do different jobs. This can be used with any video. It also provides a template for tracking student work that can be saved in a portfolio.

Career Exploration Professional Development Contact Hours:

You can earn contact hours by learning how to use Destination Occupation!  We offer two step by step “how to” modules.  The modules take approximately 5 hours to finish, is worth 5 contact hours towards re-certification and costs $50 for an individual educator.  Bulk orders are available at the school ($40 per 5 Contact hours) and district ($30 per 5 Contact hours) level.  Please visit our Professional Development page here for more information.