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Exploring and discovering what to do after high school graduation is a very real topic for 12th graders. They examine their own character traits, the traits commonly needed in specific careers, and what type of career best suits them personally. Four short activities, a worksheet, and a complete list of career clusters are included.
Give reluctant learners a push down the road to career success using a lesson that includes a powerpoint, booklets, and worksheets. They view the presentation, follow along in the booklet, and discuss why people work. By the end of the lesson, they will be able to identify five career paths and recognize the importance of career planning. 
What do you want to be when you grow up? That's a big question that could have a lot of different answers. Eleventh and twelfth graders use the Internet to explore various career options based on their personal strengths and interests. They use their findings to create an informational presentation which they will share with the class.
Students discuss a number of career possibilities in science. They also examine a scientist's work.
Students incorporate the design process to create their own perfect job or career. In this career design lesson, students develop questions to research for a future career choice. Students brainstorm about their personal skills to use in their perfect career and use the Internet to complete a personality assessment as well as a career exploration. Students design a plan to reach for their perfect career.
Students identify differences and similarities in female and male careers. They look through magazines and catalogs to look for traditional roles being filled in non-traditional ways. They cut the pictures out and make a collage.
Help potential job seekers create a personal job options list that "fits" their personality type. They will discover specific occupational information about two chosen careers. Then they will identify the most important factors to keep in mind when choosing a career and create a personal business card that identifies them with their career titles.
Students explore art careers. In this career education lesson, students explore three different learning stations which simulate several art careers. Students construct a career book after this activity.
Students examine the different careers associated with chemistry and see how it is used everyday.  In this forensic lesson students research a chemistry related career and write a presentation to give to the class.
Students brainstorm what they want to be when they grow up. In this careers lesson, 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.
Students identify differences between jobs and careers, and identify career areas within the broad field of oceanography. They research, compare and contrast requirements needed to become a practitioner of various oceanographic career fields, determine high school courses that would be most beneficial for someone planning oceanography career, and create computer-based group projects relating to an oceanographic career.
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.
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.
Ninth graders will explore manufacturing careers. In this career lesson, 9th graders will explore career options through an interactive video-conference with an engineering professor or professional.
Students 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. Students save their information on the TI-83 calculator. They complete a career chart worksheet.
If you are looking for Internet research ideas for your life science class, here's one that focuses on a fascinating topic: the ocean as a resource for medicine. Researchers use the web to explore marine organisms that provide medicine components, marine-related careers, and coral reefs. A series of worksheets guides them to predetermined websites and keeps them on-task with comprehension questions.
Fourth graders discuss the ways people prepare for their careers. As a class, they discover the many options they have after graduating from high school. In groups, they use the internet to research the types of skills and education they would need to be in their desired career.
Students explore careers they may have in their future. They create a paper collage self-portrait of themselves as adults dressed for work. They write an autobiography describing the education and training required for their chosen career.
Students discuss career possibilities. In this career education lesson, students view presentations from various career areas and discuss workplace requirements. Students list the top few career choices that interest them.
Learners use a search engine to build a list of skills needed for their career path of interest.