CareerFear Inc. is an international nonprofit that works with high school students in underserved communities who lack access to careers counsellors, internship opportunities and educational resources. We have a team of 52 people in over 13 cities around the world, that have worked with over 5,000 students so far. CareerFear offers a variety of services and are unique in that we are founded and run entirely by students who have undergone these difficulties themselves.

MISSION STATEMENT: To empower and encourage all youth to take charge of their futures, to give disadvantaged students resources and opportunities previously out of reach, and to equip the world’s student body to realise its ambitions and absolute potential. 

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CareerFear is especially helpful because it’s run by teens, who know exactly what I’m struggling with when thinking about career choices.

Elizabeth Guiffra, 16, Student, New York

A much-needed resource, and absolutely one that I will strongly recommend when I am working with my own students!

Fiona McKenzie, Educational Consultant, England

16 years intending to study Engineering, a CareerFear workshop at my school prompted research that led to me now studying Medicine at University!

Jacob Yang, 17, Student, Hong Kong

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DO WE NEED CAREERFEAR?

71% of high school students do not know what they want to study at university. In many countries, high school is a fork in the road where major career and life decisions are made. Many students become doctors because they’re told medicine has job security, but quickly realise they dislike dealing with patients; some decide to pursue journalism because they had a really nice 11th grade English teacher, not because they like writing. This problem is especially pronounced in underserved communities, where students grapple with the added dimension of familial pressure and don’t have access to guidance at their schools.

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OUR CULTURE.

We’re not a nonprofit in just the normal sense of the word; we brand ourselves as a social enterprise with a startup vibe. We have a C-suite, are constantly looking to pivot our business model, and think of ourselves more as employees than volunteers, even though our singular focus is adding value to the lives of millions of disadvantaged teens around the world.

CareerFear Inc. is a private company, registration number 11280125, pending status as a Charitable Company.

WHAT WE DO.

CareerFear is here to ignite action. We give you the information and opportunities you need to redefine your future, free of any pressures. On this site, you can explore a hundred lives from the comfort of your bedroom; we document information about different jobs so you can watch, learn, and have fun doing it. We invite people from all sorts of jobs to come speak at schools so students can see what it really takes to succeed. Finally, we connect teen students to internship opportunities so they can get a taste of the ‘real world’. This platform is the first of it’s kind to be tailor-made by teenagers, for teenagers.

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SO WHAT?

92,120. That’s the number of hours the average person works in their life. Not minutes, hours. That’s a lot of time. CareerFear is here to ensure that you enjoy each and every single one of those hours, and you spend them doing something you enjoy, so you don’t look back thinking ‘what if?’ later on. All of us are capable of greatness, but that can only be achieved by doing what we love. Learning more about careers now will ensure you’re set on the right path. After high school, most of us will head to university. Why? I don’t know. That’s for you, and you alone to decide. But we’d like to be a part of your story.

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