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 activity, students will be able to:

  • 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 activity, students will be able to:

  • 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 activity, students will be able to:

  • Create a LinkedIn profile for themselves
  • 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 activity, students will be able to:

  • 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
  • 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 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: Networking: From Prep to Interview

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • 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 activity, students will be able to:

  • 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 activity, students will be able to:

  • 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 activity, students will be able to:

  • Prepare for a job interview
  • Practice delivering on-the-spot answers in a group challenge
  • Receive peer 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 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

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.