Resources for Teaching Students about Career Options
If you’ve ever surveyed students about what they want to be when they grow up, you may have found that their answers are pretty unoriginal.
Soccer player. Fashion model. Businessman.
Not that there’s anything wrong with these professions, but they represent a very narrow and inadequate representation of all of the careers that exist in the world.
Often students struggle with identifying what they’d like to do as adults because they don’t know much about what their options are.
There are plenty of resources online to help students identify careers that might be of interest to them.
Career Education Resources
This website features a database of videos where professionals share their career stories. This is a great way for students to be able to visualize what different jobs are really like.
Have students who aren’t sure where to start in thinking about a dream job? Have them take a career quiz that will give them some guidance. Students answer questions about their preferences in a number of scenarios, and this quiz will generate a list of potential careers.
This fascinating read from The Atlantic shares 26 glimpses into different professions (one for every letter of the alphabet). Professionals share common misunderstandings about their job, allowing the reader to open his or her mind to different careers.
This comprehensive website has tons of great tools students can use to explore career options. Students can take an interest or skills assessment, or compare salaries and qualifications for a number of jobs.
This website has a growing number of videos describing different career opportunities from people who work in a given field. The clear headings make it easy to skim and scan, looking for options that catch a student’s attention.
Making Careers Come Alive in Your Classroom
Once you’ve exposed students to a number of different career options that await them after they graduate, give them an opportunity to explore one of their favorites.
Have students choose a career they would like to learn more about. You can also assign careers if you fear your students will stick to what they already know.
Once students have a career to research, have them look into what qualifications are required, what kind of traits are good for this career, average salaries, perks of the job, etc.
Get them out into the real world by requiring them to interview someone with their chosen career to find out what a day in the life is like.
At the end of the project, students can present their findings to the class. These presentations will expose other students to careers they might not have considered before.
Even if a student does not end up being interested in the career he or she chooses, that’s part of the process!
By providing students opportunities to explore professional paths and find out what they aren’t interested in will make it easier for them to narrow in on what they are passionate about.