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Lights, Sounds, Fabrics and Designs: Careers in the World of Design
Students investigate the broad range of jobs that can be found in the world of design. Students explore sound design, language architecture, etc. Students design a resource book and post it on a website for others to share.
Career Options: Which One Is Right For Me?
High school kids get thinking about college by creating e-portfolios. They conduct Internet research on a specific career, take a self-assessment, and relate their interests/strengths to the career they've chosen.
Careers Lesson: Budget Analysis
Ninth graders examine money management. They study percentages, inequalities, fixed and variable expense calculations in order to develop an understanding of how these concepts apply to budgeting a lifestyle for a specific career.
Exploring Careers in Aviation
Students investigate various careers in the field of aviation in this lesson. They watch and discuss a video, develop a list of careers in aviation mentioned in the video, and create a resume and cover letter for an entry level aviation job.
Careers and Life Choices
Students view teacher-created poster depicting people in various careers, and use vocabulary words on poster to generate grammatically correct sentences relating to careers in target language. Students then choose specific career to research, and create group presentation to share with classmates.
Career Planning and Research
What do you want to do when you finish school? Most high schoolers have an idea of what they'd want to do, but little idea of how to achieve this goal. After researching a career of their choosing, learners identify qualifications, potential earnings, and working conditions. They transfer this knowledge into a well-written, five-paragraph essay.
Careers in Science
Students explore different careers in science. In this science career lesson, students examine how Western and non Western approaches complement each other in science. Students conduct interviews and have class discussions about their own interests in a science career.
Now that your career explorers are thinking about the world after high school, it's time they learned how to research their options! Here's a great resource to get them gathering information from multiple sources. Learners brainstorm places they can gather the facts, then discuss what they will be looking for (aptitude tests, values, etc.). For homework, investigators interview a professional using the survey handout which is included (they can add questions). Finally, they begin research on a career that they are interested in. There is another worksheet here to help them organize findings.
Fifth graders research careers through print and on-line sources, conduct interviews, and present their findings in a written/oral report.
Accounting -- Financial Career Brochure
High schoolers review career brochures for schools & colleges and Use the Internet to explore an accounting related career. They plan their own brochure using the Career Brochure Planning Storyboard.
If The Career Fits, Explore It!
Seventh graders are introduced to the Interest Inventory worksheet. Individually, they complete the inventory to determine the best career for them based on their characteristics. To end the lesson, they are shown their results to be used in a future lesson.
Oh the Place You Will Go- Exploring Careers
Students brainstorm what they want to be when they grow up. In this careers lesson plan, students discuss various jobs or careers. Students read Oh, the Places You'll Go. Students draw a picture of themselves in a career they might enjoy and write why they might choose this career. Visitors come in throughout the week to talk about their professions.
Paleoanthropology-A Complex Career Choice
Learners study individual fields of science and how those fields complement each other in the ongoing study of human origins. Using a computer and the links provided, pupils research various science careers. They prepare a brief oral presentation designed to provide the class with an overview of how their chosen scientific fields complement each other.
Students explore the vast world of careers tied to a particular gender. Students discuss their findings with the class. Students stereotype examples for study. Students role play certain stereotypes.
Tour the Career Resource Center
Tenth graders complete a brief interest inventory. They observe some career and college sites on the Internet. They should come to the realization of whether they would like to work with people, things or ideas.
Exploration of Career Options in Community, and International-Development Work
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.
Careers in Ag Engineering
Students examine various careers in Ag Engineering both globally and locally. They analyze work sites, compare/contrast working conditions and define skills needed by employers. They prepare short speeches and present them, accurately complete a job application, and set up a complete and thorough resume.
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.
Career Paths: Becoming What I Want to be When I Grow Up
Learners research skills required for four occupations of individual interest. In this careers lesson, students complete an internet based career interest inventory. They discuss the necessary skills needed for their top four choices and compare them to their current strengths. Learners save their information on the TI-83 calculator. They complete a career chart worksheet.
Determining the Author's Purpose: Analyzing a Recruitment Video
An ROTC recruitment video launches a discussion of author’s purpose, image choice, and bias. Class members also explore careers in the armed forces and in the field of video productions. Ask your pupils to consider how to make a video with the opposite purpose of the one they viewed. Having learners create their own video would provide an assessment of understanding of the concepts taught.