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Lessons

Introduction to Career Development
Introduction to Career Development

Introduction to Career Development

Students are introduced to career development as a lifelong process as they visualize who, what and where they want to be when they graduate.
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Introduction to Career Development

A STEM Scavenger Hunt

A STEM Scavenger Hunt

Students will explore the Let’s Talk Science careers resources and learn about career options that require, or benefit from, a background in STEM.
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A STEM Scavenger Hunt

Introducing Career Options

Introducing Career Options

Students will be introduced to career development and begin thinking about different career options.
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Introducing Career Options

Tip of the career iceberg

Tip of the Career Iceberg

Students will explore the breadth of career opportunities through brainstorming, research and graphic organizers.
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Tip of the Career Iceberg

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Visualizing Your Career

Using the process of visualization, students will start to identify preferred aspects of their ideal career.
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Visualizing Your Career

 

Employability Skills
What are your Employability Skills?

What are Your Employability Skills

Students will create their Employability Skills Profile.
Students will identify employability skills in which they are strong and those that need work.
Students will develop plans to improve employability skills that need improving.
Students will be introduced to the concept of SMART goals.
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What are Your Employability Skills

The Skills Employers Look For

The Skills Employers Look For

Students will identify the skills that employers look for in potential employees.
Students will recognize that they have skills and abilities that align with employer needs.
Students will make personal connection between their interests and current skills with the person in the career profile.
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The Skills Employers Look For

What skills do I need for the workplace?

What Skills do I Need for the Workplace?

Students will deepen their understanding of the concept of employability skills. Students will develop an awareness of opportunities available for those who have well-developed employability skills.
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What Skills do I Need for the Workplace?

Your Personality and the Workplace

Your Personality and the Workplace

Students recognize the importance of the connection between life choices and their personal characteristics. Students will make connections between who they are now, the people they wish to become (their future selves), and their connections with work.
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Your Personality and the Workplace

Hands holding wrists.

Untangling Your Skills

What important skills do students need to get untangled? Find out in this experiential activity that explores “essential skills”.
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Untangling Your Skills

 

Essential Skills
What are essential skills?

What are Essential Skills?

Students will understand the importance of the Nine Essential Skills.
Students will recognize the importance of each Essential Skill in their future careers and lives.
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What are Essential Skills?

 

 

Career Adaptability – Change & Growth
BYO Career Development Timeline

BYO Career Development Timeline

Students will come to see themselves as people who have skills and knowledge that are valuable to entering the world of work.
Students will recognize that skills and abilities are developed in both formal and informal settings.
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BYO Career Development Timeline

What’s your Plan B?

What’s your Plan B?

Students will recognize the importance of flexibility and adaptability when it comes to career choices.
Students will recognize that previous education is an asset that provides for great flexibility and adaptability.
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What’s your Plan B?

Girl reading an adventure book

Choose Your Own Adventure Autobiography

Students reflect upon the influences on their career path journeys to date and summarize these in an autobiographical poem or Powerpoint presentation.
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Choose Your Own Adventure Autobiography

Girl dreaming about flying

What do you want to DO when you grow up?

Students will use online tools and job search engines to explore career possibilities and the job market.
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What do you want to DO when you grow up?

 

 

Personal Management & Planning
Choosing a credit card

Choosing a Credit Card

Students will identify and distinguish between different types of credit cards, develop an understanding of credit cards costs and features, and learn how to shop for a credit card.
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Choosing a Credit Card

 

Lifestyle and Aspirations
What's my lifestyle?

What’s My Lifestyle?

Students will realize that high salaries are not always equated with a great lifestyle.
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What’s My Lifestyle?

Exploring Motivational Factors

Exploring Motivational Factors

Students will explore motivational factors that influence a person’s career on a daily basis.
Students will recognize motivational factors that are similar to their own.
Student will identify the factors that motivate or are important to them as they explore or plan for future career opportunities.
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Exploring Motivational Factors

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Instagram It

Students choose a career to research and create an Instagram profile about that career choice.
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Instagram It

Career Preparations
Factors Affecting Career Choice

Factors Affecting Career Choice

Students explore and discuss factors they should consider when they are planning a career path.
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Factors Affecting Career Choice

Creating Your Career Documentary

Creating Your Career Documentary

Students will engage in a ‘forward thinking’ exercise. This exercise addresses the following: what they want from life, the skills and abilities they have now that are useful for future career decisions, the skills and abilities they will need to develop, and how they are going to connect who they are with who they want to be and what they want to do.
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Creating Your Career Documentary

Learning from the Experiences of Others

Learning from the Experience of Others

Students will recognize the benefit of seeking advice from those experienced in specific career areas that interest them.
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Learning from the Experience of Others

Making Informed Career Choices

Making Informed Career Choices

Students will learn that possessing the right kind of information is important for making an informed career decision as well as for future career success and stability.
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Making Informed Career Choices

Exploring Career Types

Exploring Career Types

Students will recognize that there are many different ways to earn a living and that a ‘career’ does not necessarily have to be a 9 to 5 arrangement.
Students will recognize that different career types and job arrangements have their own positive and negative aspects.
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Exploring Career Types

What influences our career choices?

What Influences our Career Choices?

Students will develop the understanding that there are many things that influence a person’s career choice.
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What Influences our Career Choices?

Learning About Educational Pathways

Learning About Educational Pathways

Students will be aware of and understand the importance of, various learning pathways that lead to successful life and work experiences.
Students will become aware of the variety of STEM careers available in each of these different learning pathways.
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Learning About Educational Pathways

The Role of Personal Skills and Interests

The Role of Personal Skills and Interests

Students will further develop their understanding and appreciation of the importance of personal interests, skills, achievements as well as previous job skills and experiences to the career development process.
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The Role of Personal Skills and Interests

Six domains of the Holland code

Work Interests and the Holland Code

Students are introduced to the Holland Code framework and types of work interest themes. They are then challenged to identify their own career personality and occupational ideas.
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Work Interests and the Holland Code

Duckling testing the water

Testing the Waters

Students learn about how to gain experience and be exposed to, or “test the waters,” of careers that align with their personal occupational goals.
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Testing the Waters

 

 

Occupational Clusters
A Virtual Career Fair

A Virtual Career Fair

Students will learn about various careers, and career pathways, through their review of various career profiles.
Students will continue to develop their understanding of the importance of STEM courses/programs for future career pathways.
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A Virtual Career Fair

Formal and informal education

The Role of Formal and Informal Education

Students will develop an understanding of the differences between, and value of, both formal and informal education in the career development process.
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The Role of Formal and Informal Education

Exploring Occupational Clusters

Exploring Occupational Clusters

Students will recognize the variety of careers available in each occupational cluster.
Students will recognize that many of these careers require or benefit from a background in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Students will make personal connections between their interests and current skills to the people profiled.
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Exploring Occupational Clusters

Diverse group of healthcare workers

So you’re interested in a career in healthcare?

Students will explore the many career pathways associated with a career in healthcare.
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So you’re interested in a career in healthcare?

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Virtual Career Fairs for the Science Classroom

Students conduct a virtual exploration of careers and career pathways with connections to science.
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Virtual Career Fairs for the Science Classroom

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Virtual Career Fairs for the English Language Arts Classroom

Students conduct a virtual exploration of careers and career pathways with connections to English Language Arts.
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Virtual Career Fairs for the English Language Arts Classroom

Musician on stage

Virtual Career Fairs for the Arts Classroom

Students conduct a virtual exploration of careers and career pathways in the field of the arts (drama, dance, music, visual arts, graphic arts).
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Virtual Career Fairs for the Arts Classroom