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Thinking about careers is fun - its also important. Here are
some downloadable, printable "worksheets" that help organize ideas and
apply different ways to think about careers. These are .pdf files -
you will need
Acrobat Reader installed on your computer to view and print.
HERE to download.
Aerial Reconnaissance Simulation. Communications skills
and following directions are important career skills. This is a
fun activity that provides step-by-step directions to build a "super"
Basic Business Etiquette. Sometimes it may seem there are
so many little rules to follow that it just shouldn’t matter. However,
today manners matter more than ever. Because the world is changing,
rules of behavior are changing as well.
Big6 Project Planner.
Like everything else, any research project is easier to do if we take the
time to plan what we need to accomplish. Here is a planning guide
that can be used for virtually any other research or creative project.
Research is a process and it is probably the first thing to review when
starting to research careers.
Etiquette. Being polite and considerate in all our
relationships helps promote understanding. Etiquette is important in
business too, here's some tips.
Etiquette & International Business. Being sensitive to other
cultures is important. This handout explains how to work with global
communities and suggests some helpful Websites to learn more (by stephen fraser).
& Schmoozing. Schmoozing is an interpersonal communication
style and a skill, a way of connecting with people and developing
relationships through comfortable and pleasurable conversation.
Etiquette Fact Sheet. Business etiquette is another term
for manners. No one was ever hired or promoted simply because he or she
had good manners; however, being polite and considerate in business and
work dealings may favorably tip the scales between two who are equally
Activities. Here is are some suggestions for different
types of activities to help students more fully explore careers.
Activities 1-12. This comprehensive set of career
exploration activities emphasize identifying interests and goals.
Activities 13-30. These activities continue to develop
career exploration skills by focusing on career paths.
Answer Keys. Use with some of the activities above.
Are Everywhere Activities Workbook. Children start exploring
careers as early as the elementary grades. Here are some suggestions
to help young children begin to think about careers.
Career Bingo Lesson
Plan. Here's a fun way to look at different careers with an
traditional favorite B I N G O ! This complete lesson has directs,
BINGO sheets, everything you need.
Descriptions of Careers. This collection of career
descriptions extends our bingo game to cover more occupations.
Bingo: Student Worksheet. Here's a handout to get
started playing BINGO. This is not a complete a description of the
game as the
Career Bingo Lesson Plan link.
Clusters Interest Survey. Before we look at careers, its
helpful to look closely at ourselves.
Career Cruising: Classroom Activities. Here is a
set of 13 activities to start the process of career exploration.
Development Tips for Parents of Middle School Students.
Talking to children about careers is important - these are also fun
activities to share.
Education Activities By Suggested Grade Level. Ever wonder
if you are doing enough to plan a career? Here are some suggestions
for different activities for different age groups.
Career Exploration Activities. Use this form to document the
different types of career projects you try - keeping track of what you
have done and what you have learned is important. Its also the
starting point for building a career portfolio.
Exploration Student Worksheet. This 2-column form makes it
easy to research 2 different careers - it even includes some helpful
Websites to start your search with.
Career Exploration Worksheet I.
This simple tool helps organize research and suggest ways to learn more
Exploration Worksheet II. This 1-page form organizes
research and encourages students to think about how classes in school or
college can help prepare for a career.
Career Family Tree.
Take a look at the careers chosen by your grandparents, parents, aunts,
uncles, and other relatives.
Career Information Worksheet. Here's another simple,
one-page form to help organize information about careers and how you feel
Career Navigator I. This simple exercise will let say what
you know about yourself, your likes and dislikes, and creates a list of
occupations that match your preferences.
Career Navigator II. Another simple activity that looks at
10 factors that most people believe to be important when looking at
Opportunities. Take a look at the “classifieds” section for
job openings from any newspaper for this exercise. Look over the job
listing and circle/highlight any job that appeals to you. Then
underline the the part that caught your attention. Do this for the one
day’s section and complete this chart.
Worksheet. Listening to others talk about their careers and
career choices is helpful. This worksheet helps listeners organize
notes when they listen to others talk about careers.
Worksheets. This comprehensive set of worksheets (12 pages)
looks at career choices, career paths, and planning to continue your
Portfolio. A career portfolio is a visual
representation of your abilities, skills, capabilities, knowledge,
qualities - and it represents your potential.
Career Portfolio for Middle School Students. This is a
comprehensive guide to creating portfolios.
Research Worksheet. This simple, 1 page guide provides an
easy-to-use format to research different careers, organize what you learn,
and compare different career choices. Use one for each career.
Career Scavenger Hunt: Networking. Here is a fun
activity to met different people and learn important skills "networking"
with other people. Sometimes its "who you know" that helps you get a
Webquest. The Internet is full of wonderful career resources
- let's take a look and see what we find.
CareerCHART Worksheet. This is a 5-step model for comparing
your needs and preferences against career opportunities.
A game for small groups of students that extends students’ knowledge of
Career Path. Career exploration and decisions are important,
but then we have to build a plan to get us where we want to go. This
activity shows you how.
College & Career
Vocabulary. Here are some important terms when talking about
careers and college.
College/Career Resume. In many ways, preparing to apply to
enroll in post-secondary schools is like applying for any other job.
This activity shows you how.
Choice Worksheet. This activity looks at factors to consider
when looking at post-secondary education options.
Guide. Use this checklist to help prepare you for
educational opportunities after high school.
Checklist. Its never too early to start planning for
college. Here are some things to consider starting in the 4th or 6th
grades and then through high school.
Prep Checklist: From Middle School to High School.
Want to go to college? Here's what you need to know and what you
need to do.
Consideration and Investigation of Career Choices. A set of
2 activities to help middle school students start career explorations.
Subjects and Your Career. Let's look at how math, English,
and science classes help us prepare for careers.
Be YOUR LIFE? This activity goes beyond career exploration
and asks you to look at how career decisions affect the rest of your life.
Decision-Making Worksheet. This activity creates a process
to help make better decisions about careers.
Developing Your Career Portfolio. Why develop a career
portfolio? How do you start? Everything you need to know is
Educational and Career Plans Summary Sheet. Exploring
careers and making decisions are important, but so is making a plan to
make your career decisions happen. In many cases, the key is
Finding Your Career Focus. Here is a 4-step process for
looking at careers, contains 4 activities.
Setting Process. This activity looks at creating goals - an
important part of any career path.
Setting: Smart Goals. To be effective, goals need to
Setting: Start Small. Sometimes, simpler is better.
Here's a good way to get started setting goals.
Worksheet. This activity has everything you need to plan a
career path and make it happen.
Help Your Child Make Career Decisions. Here are some
suggestions for parents to help their children.
Courses & Career Interests. This booklet (16 pages), reviews
how students can use high school to prepare for careers. While
written specifically for Jamestown High School, it provides a lot of good
information for anyone preparing for high school.
High School Courses &
Career Paths. Once you have made some decisions about career
paths, it is time to look at classes that will help prepare you to achieve
your goals. Let's look at some high school courses that help prepare
students for careers.
Lesson Plan and
Handout. Filling out job applications accurately and neatly
is important. BE SURE TO DOWNLOAD/PRINT BOTH OF THESE FILES to use
Information Packet. This document outlines information and
guidelines for Job Corps - great opportunity for young adults (16-25).
It provides additional contacts and lists local offices for get more
HERE for a
Job Corp Admissions
Map for Wisconsin.
Job Search Manual.
Here is a comprehensive manual, everything you need to know about the job
Skills: You, Your Job, Your Career: Competitive Advantage Worksheet.
Understanding yourself is the key to making good career choices.
Life Skills: You,
Your Job, Your Career: My Strengths. When looking at
careers, start with those that use your strong points.
Likes and Dislikes.
Life is about finding balance - career exploration means looking at the
positives and potential negatives.
Multiple Intelligence Test - for Adults. What are your
strengths and learning preferences?
Multiple Intelligence Test - for Young People. Looking at
our strengths and learning preferences is the key to meaningful career
Making Career Decisions. Career exploration leads presents
us with choices. Let's look at some suggestions to help make
decisions about careers.
Activity. Consider the people you know in all areas of your
life. They are your potential consider the people you know in all areas of
your life. They are your potential personal and professional network, and
can lead to the best information and job leads for you.
to Career Development. One of the most valuable things
parents can do to help a student with career planning is listen: be open
to ideas, try to help your student find information, and be nonjudgmental.
Planning Worksheet - Traditional Resume. Everything you need
to get started.
This activity will help you organize your thoughts and résumé content.
Then, it will be easier to choose the best format for your resume.
Collecting Your Facts. Its easier to create a resume if you
plan it first.
Resume Planning. Here's another way to get organized BEFORE
trying to create a resume.
Learning/Career Planner. Let's look at a set of exercises
that focuses on how students can use their time in middle school or high
school to prepare themselvse for careers.
What Will I Be?
Here's a good way to get started exploring careers.
Workmate: Working in Teams. This project shows the
important of teamwork and teaches the difference between a personal
quality and a skill.
Would I Like This Work?
This is an important question and this activity helps you find a good
Your Guide to Using
Career Directions. For teachers, counsellors and
facilitators. It’s easy to use, full of ideas and loaded with activities,
worksheets and overheads!