Career Activities

MOVE: Career Kick-Off

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Explore thematic questions about work and discuss their opinions with classmates
  • Respond to broad statements about their career plans, the connection between education and career, getting a job, and the larger world of work

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

PROJECT: Who Aced the Interview Challenge? (Sp)

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Practice delivering on-the-spot answers in an interview group challenge
  • Receive peer feedback on their responses
  • Winners from each group advance to a class championship round
  • Available in English & Spanish

ECON: Help Wanted

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the effect of wages and perks on the job market

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ECON: Scarcity, College, and Income

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Learn about the differing level of resources available to households in the United States
  • Learn how resources impact college enrollment and future earnings

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: What is the Most Common Job in Each State?

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Explore what the most common jobs have been in the United States, their state, and specific area
  • Hypothesize how they think this data will evolve over time 

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INTERACTIVE: Which Jobs Align with My Interests?

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Complete an interest assessment
  • Research and reflect on their career options

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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

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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

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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

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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 of Flexibility
  • Available in English and Spanish

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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

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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
  • Available in English and Spanish

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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

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

In this activity, students will be able to:

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

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 LinkedIn Profile (Sp)

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Create a LinkedIn profile for themselves or a famous person
  • Practice showcasing their skills and accomplishments through a professional social media network
  • Available in English & Spanish

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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

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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

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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 

PROJECT: Create a Career Portfolio (Sp)

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Create and compile required resources for obtaining employment: sample job application, resume, cover letter, elevator pitch, and sample responses to interview questions as well as follow-up. A variety of media is used.
  • Available in English & Spanish

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PROJECT: How Can I Get to My Dream Job?

In this activity, students will be able to: 

  • Understand how well known figures got to where they are today in their careers
  • Research what might help them reach their dream job including occupations, skills, education & more
  • Create a final product that showcases their research

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PROJECT: First Week on the Job Means Paperwork

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Complete real tax forms, health insurance enrollment forms, and 401(k) enrollment forms they receive their first day on the job
  • Log questions they have about this process and attempt to find answers through discussion with peers

PROJECT: You Decide: Who Gets the Job?

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Assume the role of a hiring manager
  • Review the resumes and cover letters of three potential candidates and decide which they feel is most suited for the position