Career Activities

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 is the Automation Potential of Over 750 U.S. Jobs?

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Investigate the automation potential for different types of jobs
  • Make connections between income level and automation potential
  • Brainstorm future job opportunities that will arise from automation

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

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: Sample Resume and Cover Letter (Sp)

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Examine a sample resume and cover letter.
  • Evaluate samples and determines the positive qualities (Glows) and areas for improvement (Grows) using a checklist of qualities in great resumes and cover letters.
  • Available in English & Spanish

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

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

SOFT SKILLS: Accepting Criticism

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. 

SOFT SKILLS: Conflict Resolution

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.

SOFT SKILLS: Flexibility

In this activity, students will be able to:

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

SOFT SKILLS: Good Communication

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.

SOFT SKILLS: Positive Attitude

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.

SOFT SKILLS: Self-Confidence

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.

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

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

ROLEPLAY: How to Accept (and Decline) a Job Offer

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Roleplay the process of accepting and declining a job offer. They will roleplay how to communicate with hiring managers and notify other people involved in the hiring process about their decision so they develop a positive reputation and keep options open.