Career Exploration is a process. It isn’t a one time event, there are lots of things to consider, and it takes years to really figure out what is the best possible career for us. Do you like working with people, things, data, or ideas? Do you want to work inside or outside? What types of skills will one need? What interests do they have?  

Our 7th grade students recently completed an interest survey. I went into classes and discussed goals, interests, and multiple intelligence. I started the conversation by asking them to define each of the 3 words. Here are 2 of the posters:

Then I had them complete worksheets to help them identify their goals, interests and “smarts.” This is just one of the worksheets I had the students complete.

When they were done with the worksheets and we discussed what they wrote, I used some task cards to have them Think-Pair-Share.

It was a great lesson and now I know they are ready to work on their career research, which they will begin soon. Next we will talk about college.

Want a copy of this lesson–aligned to ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors, the posters, the worksheets and task cards?  You can get a copy here.

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