|Career exploration: Helping students see their futuresIt’s no wonder there’s so much buzz about career exploration…!Today’s students are expected to have 15-17 different jobs over the course of their life. Exploring careers can also make classes seem more relevant to their future and challenge students to take classes they otherwise may not. Furthermore, 90% of the fastest-growing careers are expected to require education and training beyond a high school diploma.|
If you’re looking for a few clever ideas to help your students explore their future, we’ve pulled together some designed to spark career talk among your students.
Elementary/middle school students
Looking for a multi-media supplement or option? The Bureau of Labor Statistics video library showcases dozens of careers at www.careervoyages.gov. The site also contains links to age-appropriate websites with hands-on activities. Give kids logo’d gear that will remind them of the career they studied. For example, with police related coloring books will remind students of law enforcement careers, while bandage packs complement health career exploration.
Take a page from Rock Hill, SC, social studies teacher Tamara Willis, who creatively turned her classroom into a ‘business’ for six weeks. Students applied for jobs, ‘hired’ other students and conducted meetings to address rules and business issues. Student ‘paychecks’ reflected tax collections and performance pay.
High school/college students
For more in-depth discussion, invite business people to roundtable discussions that help students understand:
Giving students a glimpse at what they’ll need to do to attain the career of their choice can both motivate and engage them – a benefit to students AND educators!
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