Vocational Exploration: 

Most students in high school begin exploring career options that relate to their unique skills and interests. This process, called vocational exploration, takes many forms. Students may...

  • Attend a vocational/technical school
  • Participate in job training classes
  • Secure a part-time job or internship
  • Explore careers using online programs
  • Volunteer at a local business
  • Attend career fairs

For more information on how your child can develop job skills and explore future career options, please contact your child's guidance counselor.


Work Permits

Students between the age of 14 and 18 years old may seek paid employment by obtaining a youth work permit from their school. Work permits allow students to work a limited number of hours completing job tasks appropriate for their age, as allowed by state law.  If you are seeking employment and are under the age of 18, please follow the instructions identified on this Shrewsbury Public Schools website: SPS Work Permits

If you require the Work Permit Application only, please click on this following link: Work Permit Application


"Soft Skills" Instruction SHS Store

Some students may benefit from vocational instruction to help them develop the skills necessary to be successful in the workplace.  Soft Skills instruction allows students to build the fundamental skills necessary for success in any work environment.  These skills include:

  • Communication
  • Enthusiasm and Attitude
  • Teamwork
  • Networking 
  • Problem-Solving
  • Professionalism

Contact the student's special education liaison to learn more about vocational instruction and to find out what programs your child may be eligible for.


School-Based Work Experience AC Hotel

There are a number of ways that Shrewsbury High School students can gain work experience.  Please contact your child's guidance counselor or special education liaison to determine which programs they are eligible for:

  • In-School Internships: Students who have an open period (Study) may apply for an internship position in any of the school offices or classrooms.
  • In-School Work Experience: The In-School Work Experience program is a special education supported class that helps students develop job skills while completing vocational tasks in settings around the school.
  • MOVE Program: The Mobile On-Site Vocational Exploration (MOVE) Program allows students to gain real-world job experience.

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