Career Activities

CARTOONS: Why Are Soft Skills Important?

In this activity, students will be able to: 

  • Examine a number of cartoons about soft skills and choose one to analyze in more depth
  • Explain the cartoon's key message about soft skills and how it depicts that message

INTERACTIVE: How Do You Manage Your Time?

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Examine how they currently manage their time in a typical day
  • Compare their daily time management with that of famous, creative people throughout history 
  • Explore how the average modern American spends their time and compare it with their own day

INTERACTIVE: How do Millennials Compare to Their Grandparents?

In this activity, students will be able to: 

  • Compare various characteristics of the Millennial generation with the Silent generation
  • Reflect on how important historical, cultural, political, and social events happening when members of each generation were young adults influenced these characteristics 
  • Predict how future generations of Americans will continue to evolve

INTERACTIVE: Shifting Incomes for American Jobs

In this activity, students will:

  • Explore the differences between people who make the most in their field and the people who make the least for over 20 major occupations in the United States.
  • Make connections about how salaries are becoming increasingly differentiated for some occupations

INTERACTIVE: Can You Make it as an Uber Driver?

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Experience what it is like to be a driver for a ride-sharing app
  • Determine what the responsibilities of the job are and identify advantages and disadvantages of the role
  • Reflect on their experience as a driver and determine if it is a career they would consider pursuing in the future

INTERACTIVE: Will Your Job Be Done by a Machine? (Sp)

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Understand factors that lead to jobs being done by machines
  • Compare the likeliness of a job being automated
  • Available in English & Spanish

INTERACTIVE: What's The Unemployment Rate For 25-34 Year Old College Graduates?

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Discover the current unemployment rate for recent college grads
  • Make a connection between assumptions about unemployment rate and the decision to attend college

INTERACTIVE: What is the Most Common Job in Each State?

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Track the most common job in different time frames in their state
  • Use trends to hypothesize the future of popular career options in their state

INTERACTIVE: What Are Your Chances of Making It To The Executive Suite?

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Explore how different factors affect an individual's potential of becoming a top executive
  • Analyze how education, work experience, and identity traits relate to becoming a top executive

INTERACTIVE: Minimum Wage Since 1938

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Observe the change in federal minimum wage over time
  • Compare the inflation-adjusted wage and analyze the differences
  • Correlate relevant events with changes in the minimum wage

MOVE: Career Comparison

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Learn about different careers and how their job skills can lead to other career opportunities

SOFT SKILLS: Accepting Criticism (SP)

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Role-play realistic high school and workplace scenarios in order to practice the soft skill Accepting Criticism. 

Available in English and Spanish

SOFT SKILLS: Conflict Resolution (SP)

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Role-play realistic high school and workplace scenarios in order to practice the soft skill Conflict Resolution.\

Available in English and Spanish.

SOFT SKILLS: Flexibility (SP)

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In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Role-play realistic high school and workplace scenarios in order to practice the soft skill Flexibility.

Made Available in English and Spanish

 

SOFT SKILLS: Good Communication (SP)

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Role-play realistic high school and workplace scenarios in order to practice the soft skill Good Communication.

Available in English and Spanish

SOFT SKILLS: Positive Attitude (SP)

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Role-play realistic high school and workplace scenarios in order to practice the soft skill Positive Attitude.

Made Available in English and Spanish

SOFT SKILLS: Self-Confidence (SP)

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Role-play realistic high school and workplace scenarios in order to practice the soft skill Self-Confidence.

Available in English and Spanish

ANALYZE: A High School Resume and Cover Letter (Sp)

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Understand the components of a cover letter
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses of sample cover letters
  • Available in English & Spanish

ANALYZE: With Whom Should I Network? (Sp)

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Learn how to identify the people in their network.
  • Learn how to leverage those contacts to improve their chances of finding job opportunities, being introduced to networks and receiving positive recommendations that will aid their chances of landing a job.
  • Available in English & Spanish

FINE PRINT: Pay Stub

In this activity, students will be able to: 

  • Analyze a sample pay stub to understand its various components
  • Use the sample pay stub to answer a variety of questions 

COMPARE: Choosing Between Job Offers

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Be presented with a scenario where they have to choose between three different job offers.
  • Weigh factors like salary/benefits, job responsibilities, location, and company reputation.
  • Decide which factors matter most to them.

CREATE: A CV of Failure

In this activity, students create a completely nontraditional resume of failures instead of accomplishments and reflect on how they grow from failure.

CREATE: A Famous Person’s LinkedIn Profile (Sp)

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Create a LinkedIn profile and practice the skills of professional social networking. From Beyonce to Barack Obama, help construct an informative, creative profile that showcases the skills and accomplishments of someone famous.
  • Available in English & Spanish

CREATE: A Practice Job Application (Sp)

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Use their own information to complete a job application. They will include personal information, previous employers, and references. Then they will have an opportunity to share with a partner and review glows and grows.
  • Available in English & Spanish

CREATE: A Resume and Cover Letter (Sp)

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Create their own resume and cover letter.
  • Brainstorm the information needed for a resume and cover letter.
  • Create a professionally formatted resume and cover letter.
  • Share their work with classmates to receive feedback.
  • Available in English & Spanish

PROJECT: Create a Career Portfolio (Sp)

In this Common Core Standards-aligned project, students will create and compile “required” resources for obtaining employment: sample job application, resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, elevator pitch, and sample responses to interview questions as well as follow-up. A variety of media is used.

  • Available in English & Spanish

PROJECT: Create a Career Roadmap (Sp)

In this Common Core Standards-aligned project, students will create a Career Roadmap where they choose a career they would like to pursue and research the key elements of it.

  • Available in English & Spanish

PROJECT: Create Your Own LinkedIn Profile (Sp)

In this Common Core Standards-aligned project, students will create a LinkedIn profile for themselves. They have the option of creating a mock profile via our Google Docs template or creating an actual profile on LinkedIn.com.

  • Available in English & Spanish

PROJECT: Do's & Don'ts at the Workplace

In this Common Core aligned project, students will showcase their knowledge and understanding of soft skills (also known as interpersonal skills) by acting out different skits, which display what could happen at the workplace. They will show how using solid soft skills can help fix the issue or address the situation.

PROJECT: First Week on the Job Means Paperwork

In this Common Core Standards-aligned project, students will complete real tax forms, health insurance enrollment forms, and 401(k) enrollment forms they receive their first day on the job. They log questions they have about this process and attempt to find answers through discussion with peers.

PROJECT: Networking: From Prep to Interview

In this Common Core Standards-aligned project, students will practice every step of the networking process. First, they’ll research companies before a job fair, then craft an elevator pitch, practice an informational interview, and complete the follow-up steps once they’ve received contact information.

PROJECT: Should Employers View Facebook Profiles?

In this Common Core Standards-aligned project, students gather facts and build arguments to later debate the ethical implications of employers viewing social media accounts.

PROJECT: What Was Your First Job?

In this Common Core aligned project, students will develop interview questions to ask their acquaintances about their first job experience and then write a newspaper article about their findings.

PROJECT: Who Aced the Interview Challenge? (Sp)

In this Common Core Standards-aligned project, students will prepare for a job interview and then practice delivering on-the-spot answers in a group challenge, while peers provide feedback on their responses. Winners from each group advance to a class championship round.

  • Available in English & Spanish

PROJECT: You Decide: Who Gets the Job?

In this Common Core Standards-aligned project, students will assume the role of a hiring manager. They will review the resumes and cover letters of three potential candidates and decide which they feel is most suited for the position.

RESEARCH: Finding Job Openings

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Go through the process of finding a job.
  • Take stock of their personal strengths and interests.
  • Use internet tools to find job openings that interest them.
  • Develop a plan of attack for securing those jobs using proven job-hunting strategies.

RESEARCH: Salaries by Major

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Compare median salaries for different college majors they are interested in studying for a Bachelor's Degree
  • Understand the connection between the major they study and salaries they may earn in the future
  • Reflect on their findings