Are you a teacher or school counselor looking for a fun activity to do with your intermediate or middle school students to foster career awareness and teach what it takes to set oneself up for success? "Playing the Career Lottery" is that activity!
This activity allows to students to think critically about the link between satisfying careers and one's skills and interests. Students will identify skills and interests they currently possess, as well as skills they will need for success in the workforce. An optional extension activity is to use online resources to explore the skill and educational requirements for different career paths. Finally, students will generate several action steps they can take now to promote their success in the career realm in the future.
Included in this lesson:
-32 cards with a unique career on each one, to be printed, cut, and drawn from a hat
-A list of examples of skills commonly used in careers and jobs, for stimulating discussion
-2-sided student worksheet to complement the lesson for reflecting on skills, interests, the "fit" of a profession, and generating action steps toward reaching goals
This lesson was inspired by the White House's "Reach Higher!" initiative to promote students taking charge of their future and pursuing higher education. It also reflects several of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Mindsets and Behaviors for Student Success (MS 4-5, LS 6).
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