You are wrapping up the semester, and soon your students will be racing out the door. Before they hit the ground running, give them something important to think about – their career. I just got a phone call from a friend last night, “Help! My little sister just graduated college with a degree in business, and she has no idea what she wants to do. She doesn’t even know how to start looking for a job!” I’ll do what I can to help her, but is it possible that we can usher our kids through college without giving them an opportunity to connect their skills to a career? While we may give some the opportunity, we still need to help connect the dots for others. Last night’s call prompted this tip. It is never too early to get your students thinking about their career!
This activity can be done in as little as 10 minutes, or if you allow time for discussion, can easily fill an entire 50 minute period. Provide students the opportunity to consider some important questions:
- What am I good at?
- What do I enjoy?
- How do I like to work? (In groups, with/without tight deadlines, in quiet, with noise, etc.)
- What is important to me when considering a job?
After students have considered these questions, challenge students to find jobs which align with their talents, interests, working style and job criteria. Bring in newspaper classified ads or give students the chance to look at job search engines online. Get students thinking now about what they might like to do and how they will get there.
Click here for “Thinking About MY Future”, a student worksheet that gets students thinking!
Take the time to do this before students head out for summer break. Challenge them to post their worksheet on their bedroom wall or by their mirror, in order to keep them focused on where they are headed. Challenge students to do one thing over break which will help them move closer to their ideal career goal, and to continually add to their sheet as they come across new information and ideas.