Career Exploration Lesson Plans

  • Career Planning and Management Career Exploration

    Goals Needed For College

    Grade(s)
    K
    • Students will define what a goal is. 
    • Students will identify how to work hard and use strategies to achieve goals. 
    • Students will explain how goals are necessary to reach career goals.
    Career Standards
    Applies appropriate academic and technical skills Communicates effectively and appropriately Contributes to employer and community success Uses critical thinking Demonstrates innovation and creativity Manages personal career development Attends to personal and financial well-being
  • Self Awareness Career Planning and Management Career Exploration

    Look At Our Community

    Grade(s)
    1
    • Students will recognize that basic educational skills are necessary in occupations throughout the community.
    Career Standards
    Applies appropriate academic and technical skills Communicates effectively and appropriately Manages personal career development
  • Self Awareness Career Exploration

    Me On the Job

    Grade(s)
    1
    • Students will explore different jobs throughout the community.
    Career Standards
    Communicates effectively and appropriately Contributes to employer and community success Demonstrates innovation and creativity
  • Career Exploration

    What Shoes Will You Wear?

    Grade(s)
    1
    • Students will explore varieties of career options and skills or tools needed for those careers.
    Career Standards
    Applies appropriate academic and technical skills Communicates effectively and appropriately Contributes to employer and community success Uses critical thinking Demonstrates innovation and creativity Models ethical leadership and effective management Manages personal career development
  • Career Exploration

    When I Grow Up

    Grade(s)
    1
    • Students will brainstorm a list of school and community workers and match their jobs to the NCE career fields.
    Career Standards
    Communicates effectively and appropriately Contributes to employer and community success Uses critical thinking Demonstrates innovation and creativity Manages personal career development
  • Career Exploration

    Career Exploration in STEM Careers

    Grade(s)
    2
    • Students will recognize different STEM career choices in the community.
    Career Standards
    Applies appropriate academic and technical skills Communicates effectively and appropriately Utilizes technology Manages personal career development
  • Career Exploration

    Our City at Work

    Grade(s)
    2
    • Students will explore places of employment in the community.
    • Students will describe why businesses are helpful to a community.
    Career Standards
    Applies appropriate academic and technical skills Communicates effectively and appropriately Contributes to employer and community success Makes sense of problems and perseveres in solving them Uses critical thinking Models ethical leadership and effective management Manages personal career development Attends to personal and financial well-being
  • Career Exploration

    Career Bingo

    Grade(s)
    3
    • Students will identify titles of careers, occupations and postsecondary education and training options and/or career readiness terms.
    Career Standards
    Manages personal career development
  • Career Planning and Management Career Exploration

    Career Research

    Grade(s)
    3
    • Students will research career information: job titles, education and training options, required skills, workplace environments and income.
    Career Standards
    Applies appropriate academic and technical skills Communicates effectively and appropriately Contributes to employer and community success Makes sense of problems and perseveres in solving them Uses critical thinking Utilizes technology Manages personal career development
  • Self Awareness Career Exploration

    Career Interests

    Grade(s)
    4
    • The student will explore activities to participate in based on strengths and interests.
    Career Standards
    Applies appropriate academic and technical skills Communicates effectively and appropriately Utilizes technology Manages personal career development Attends to personal and financial well-being
  • Career Exploration

    Career Jeopardy

    Grade(s)
    4
    • Students will explore a wide variety of careers titles and career information.
    Career Standards
    Applies appropriate academic and technical skills Communicates effectively and appropriately Manages personal career development
  • Career Exploration

    A Day In the Life

    Grade(s)
    5
    • Students will categorize occupations or job titles in different career fields. 
    • Students will identify an occupation or job title of interest and research education, skills, tools and workplaces for that type of career.
    Career Standards
    Applies appropriate academic and technical skills Communicates effectively and appropriately Contributes to employer and community success Uses critical thinking Demonstrates innovation and creativity Manages personal career development
  • Career Planning and Management Career Exploration

    Career Exploration Online

    Grade(s)
    5
    • Students will explore a wide variety of career options in career fields/cluster options available to them. 
    • Students will evaluate career information to assure they are using reliable and valid sources of career information.
    • Students will identify jobs for each career field that appear to be most interesting to him or herself at this time.
    Career Standards
    Applies appropriate academic and technical skills Communicates effectively and appropriately Contributes to employer and community success Uses critical thinking Demonstrates innovation and creativity Models ethical leadership and effective management Works productively in teams and demonstrates cultural competency Utilizes technology Manages personal career development
  • Career Exploration

    Exploring Careers through Product Comparison

    Grade(s)
    5
    • Students will outline multiple careers related to the production of different final products.
    Career Standards
    Uses critical thinking Manages personal career development
  • Career Planning and Management Career Exploration

    Let\'s Go Exploring for Career Information

    Grade(s)
    5
    • Students will discover personal interests, career interests and aspirations. 
    • Students will compare and contrast how education and training decisions may affect career choices. 
    • Students will demonstrate how altering education and training plans changes career options and opportunities.
    Career Standards
    Applies appropriate academic and technical skills Communicates effectively and appropriately Contributes to employer and community success Makes sense of problems and perseveres in solving them Uses critical thinking Works productively in teams and demonstrates cultural competency Utilizes technology Manages personal career development
  • Career Planning and Management Career Exploration

    H3=High Skill +High Wage + High Demand

    Grade(s)
    6
    • Students will research a job/career to determine it's wage, labor market demand and skill requirements in the State of Nebraska.
    Career Standards
    Applies appropriate academic and technical skills Communicates effectively and appropriately Contributes to employer and community success Uses critical thinking Utilizes technology Manages personal career development Attends to personal and financial well-being
  • Career Exploration

    Imagine Your Future Career

    Grade(s)
    6
    • Students will formulate a future career vision with the use of imagination.
    • Students will write and share their experience and future career vision with others.
    Career Standards
    Applies appropriate academic and technical skills Communicates effectively and appropriately Demonstrates innovation and creativity Manages personal career development
  • Career Exploration

    Introduction Activity: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Career Cluster

    Grade(s)
    6
    • Students will categorize varieties of career opportunities in Ag, Food & Natural Resources career cluster.
    Career Standards
    Manages personal career development
  • Career Exploration

    Introduction Activity: Architecture and Construction Career Cluster

    Grade(s)
    6
    • Students will  identify varieties of career opportunities and job titles in the Architecture and Construction career cluster.
    Career Standards
    Manages personal career development
  • Career Exploration

    Introduction Activity: Business Management & Administration Career Cluster

    Grade(s)
    6
    • Students will identify varieties of job titles for career opportunities in the Business Management and Administration career cluster.
    Career Standards
    Manages personal career development
  • Career Exploration

    Introduction Activity: Communication Arts Career Cluster

    Grade(s)
    6
    • Students will identify career opportunities and job titles within the Communication and Information Systems career cluster.
    Career Standards
    Manages personal career development
  • Career Exploration

    Introduction Activity: Education & Training Career Cluster #1

    Grade(s)
    6
    • Students will identify varieties of job titles for career opportunities in the Education and Training career cluster.
    Career Standards
    Manages personal career development
  • Career Exploration

    Introduction Activity: Education and Training Career Cluster #2

    Grade(s)
    6
    • Students will identify different job titles to introduce career opportunities in the Education and Training career cluster.
    • Students will list job titles of workers they see in their school belonging to other career clusters outside of Education and Training.
    Career Standards
    Communicates effectively and appropriately Manages personal career development
  • Career Exploration

    Introduction Activity: Finance Career Cluster

    Grade(s)
    6
    • Students will examine workers and job titles within the Finance career cluster.

    Career Standards
    Manages personal career development
  • Career Exploration

    Introduction Activity: Health Sciences Career Cluster

    Grade(s)
    6
    • Students will identify career opportunities and job titles within the Health Science career cluster.
    Career Standards
    Manages personal career development
  • Career Exploration

    Introduction Activity: Hospitality and Tourism Career Cluster

    Grade(s)
    6
    • Students will identify career opportunities and job titles within the Hospitality and Tourism career cluster.
    Career Standards
    Manages personal career development
  • Career Exploration

    Introduction Activity: Human Services Career Cluster

    Grade(s)
    6
    • Students will identify career opportunities and job titles within the Human Services career cluster.
    Career Standards
    Manages personal career development
  • Career Exploration

    Introduction Activity: Information Technology Career Cluster

    Grade(s)
    6
    • Students will identify career opportunities and examine products and apps developed by workers connected to the Information Technology career cluster.
    Career Standards
    Manages personal career development
  • Career Exploration

    Introduction Activity: Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security Career Cluster

    Grade(s)
    6
    • Students will identify career opportunities and job titles within the Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security career cluster.
    Career Standards
    Manages personal career development
  • Career Exploration

    Introduction Activity: Manufacturing Career Cluster

    Grade(s)
    6
    • Students will identify career opportunities and job titles within the Manufacturing career cluster.
    Career Standards
    Manages personal career development
  • Career Exploration

    Introduction Activity: Marketing Career Cluster

    Grade(s)
    6
    • Students will identify career opportunities and job titles of the Marketing career cluster.
    Career Standards
    Manages personal career development
  • Career Exploration

    Introduction Activity: Transportation, Distribution & Logistics Career Cluster

    Grade(s)
    6
    • Students will identify career opportunities and job titles within the TD&L career cluster.
    Career Standards
    Manages personal career development
  • Self Awareness Career Planning and Management Career Exploration

    Look2College

    Grade(s)
    6
    • The student will utilize Educationquest Look2College program to help them get on the path to college. Students will focus on:
      • What do I want to be?
      • How will I get there?
      • How to invest in myself.
    Career Standards
    Applies appropriate academic and technical skills Communicates effectively and appropriately Contributes to employer and community success Models ethical leadership and effective management Utilizes technology Manages personal career development Attends to personal and financial well-being
  • Career Exploration

    STEM in All Clusters! STEM Career Web

    Grade(s)
    6
    • Students will explore careers that utilize STEM-Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics  and can be found in all of the career clusters.
    Career Standards
    Manages personal career development
  • Self Awareness Career Exploration

    Exploring Career thru Photography

    Grade(s)
    7
    • Students will examine how individual priorities and purposes influence career choices (career values).
    • Students will synthesize how careers choices may represent different things to different people to achieve career values.
    Career Standards
    Applies appropriate academic and technical skills Uses critical thinking Demonstrates innovation and creativity Utilizes technology Manages personal career development
  • Self Awareness Career Planning and Management Career Exploration

    Blue Collar and Proud of It

    Grade(s)
    8
    • Students will identify categories of jobs known as “blue collar” occupations.
    • Students will assess the opportunities and advantages of these types of occupations as viable careers in the current labor market.
    • Students will investigate labor market information and demand for occupations.
    Career Standards
    Applies appropriate academic and technical skills Manages personal career development
  • Self Awareness Career Exploration

    Career Family Tree

    Grade(s)
    8
    • Students will evaluate how their family and/or extended family may or may not be an influence on their own career choices and decisions.
    • Students will conduct interviews to gather information regarding specific careers within the family and/or extended family structure.
    Career Standards
    Communicates effectively and appropriately Uses critical thinking Manages personal career development Attends to personal and financial well-being
  • Self Awareness Career Planning and Management Career Exploration

    KnowHow2GO

    Grade(s)
    8 9 10
    • The student will utilize EducationQuest’s KnowHow2GO four step program to make college a reality.
      • Be a pain – in a good way. Ask adults to help guide you to college – and keep asking until you find someone who will.
      • Push yourself. Take tough courses in high school – and get involved in extracurricular activities.
      • Find the right fit. Explore careers that fit your interests and skills – and then research colleges that are a good fit for you!
      • Put your hands on some cash. Money is available to help you pay for college, but you have to apply!
    Career Standards
    Applies appropriate academic and technical skills Communicates effectively and appropriately Contributes to employer and community success Makes sense of problems and perseveres in solving them Uses critical thinking Demonstrates innovation and creativity Utilizes technology Manages personal career development Attends to personal and financial well-being
  • Self Awareness Career Exploration

    Stereotypes

    Grade(s)
    8
    • Students will outline different categories of stereotypes. 
    • Students will anticipate and/or describe how stereotypes affect people.
    Career Standards
    Contributes to employer and community success Works productively in teams and demonstrates cultural competency Manages personal career development Attends to personal and financial well-being
  • Career Planning and Management Career Exploration

    Work: Love It or Hate It:?

    Grade(s)
    9
    • Students will interview adults employed in the world of work. 
    • Students will compare and contrast aspects working adult stories. 
    • Students will develop a mission statement based on their reflections of the stories.
    Career Standards
    Applies appropriate academic and technical skills Uses critical thinking Manages personal career development