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Students prioritize and match possible careers with their interests, skills, and values based on self assessments. After completing a series of checklists and evaluations on interests and abilities, students research their top choice of a career and create a product displaying information they have gathered.
Have your class write down their career interests and conduct research into the different types of jobs they can have in a field. They will use critical thinking skills in order to begin thinking about making a career choice. They are also taught life skills of independence and hard work.
Begin researching careers with your learners in this writing exercise. Using links to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Handbook, young researchers can choose from an overview of various careers. After selecting a career to write about, create groups with different careers, so that a future doctor can speak to a future chef. Then, with a partner from the same career, future workers can write a letter requesting an internship.
Frist and second graders explore career options. First they will watch career videos and then prepare to interview school personnel regarding their job responsibilities. They will then send thank you cards to the interviewed subjects following the interview. In the end, they should have a good understanding of office work.
Fifth graders gather information about the roles, responsibilities, skills, and training and education requirements of workers. Then they input this information into a graphic organizer chart and identify the similarities and differences in the careers. Students alos analyze the information for each group member as compared to their own findings.
View the video "Global Citizens: Canadians Reaching out to the World" with high schoolers. They will use the internet to locate stories about activism (link provided) and write a summary of each. Additionally they will research careers in non-governmental organizations. Note: The ideas in this lesson could be applied to a different video.