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Career Exploration Day

The Bridges Career Exploration Day started in 2008 with 57 exhibitors and more than 750 students from six area school districts. Now, this annual event showcases more than 200 regional high-demand careers with hands-on demonstrations, simulators, and breakout sessions.  If it is safe to again host an in-person event, the 2022 Career Exploration Day will be on Friday, March 4, 2022 at Central Lakes College's Brainerd campus.

Students interact with different companies to learn about local careers, their work environment, necessary skill sets, earning potential and the training needed to become employed.

Search for the top occupations in our region, or learn more about available career options to better understand employment options.

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Download the Career Exploration Day fact sheet, or

Or, for more information, contact:

Mary Gottsch, (218) 822-7117
Executive Director

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Bridges' newest online career exploration experience launched March 2021, and is supported by: Sourcewell, the Central Lakes Perkins Consortium, Initiative Foundation and the Crow Wing Power Community Trust.

Bridges appreciates the financial contributions of

and the Central Lakes Perkins Consortium to make this event possible.


Rachel Carpenter, Deerwood Bank

What sets the Bridges Career Exploration Day apart is the professionals that volunteer their time, year after year, engaging with students about their career fields, are focusing their conversations on the career and not their actual place of business they work at. It is truly one-of-a-kind experience.

Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union

When people think of a financial institutions, they only think of handling money. Human Resources, Insurance, Customer Service, Loans, Training, Investments, Accounting, Marketing and much more make up many local companies. We love to see the impact of one on one conversations with students exploring different career sat the Bridges Career Exploration Day and realizing how their interests and skills can be utilized.