Career Planning Bootcamp: Unit 1 Discover (goal setting lessons, worksheets)

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Introducing the first unit within the Ultimate Career Planning System! Unit 1 is called Discover, where students use data to categorize overall career satisfaction, articulate personal areas of interest, visually represent career goals, and define actionable steps to accomplish them. Purchase includes:

1. Lesson 1: Don't Be Miserable (45min to 1 hour; PDF)

  • Use data to categorize overall career satisfaction
  • Identify the percentage of Americans that are unhappy in their jobs
  • Articulate personal areas of interest, and begin applying them to career planning
  • Compare and contrast the work experiences of personal acquaintances

2. Lesson 2: What Does Your Future Look Like? (1 hour; PDF)

  • Compare and contrast the work experiences of personal acquaintances
  • Visually represent future career-related goals, dreams, and ambitions (vision board project; more in-depth than our simple vision board project; get a super easy to use ready made Canva template to accompany this lesson here)

3. Lesson 3: Goal Setting 101 (TWO 30 minute lessons; PDF lesson and 8 slide powerpoint guide)

  • Define and communicate future career-related goals, dreams, and ambitions
  • Identify common themes in the career goals of others
  • Set goals/action steps to accomplish their vision
  • Support others in the goal setting process

4. Goal Setting Worksheet (PDF; used in lesson 3)

5. Monthly Goal Setting Worksheet Pack (PDF; to be used throughout the school year; available individually here)

6. Super beautiful slide presentation for all three lessons (22 slides; Powepoint)

These resources work best with in-person learning.

All lesson plans are in 5E format and aligned with the Common Core, totaling approximately 3.5 hours of instruction. This mini unit is perfect for any career exploration class, career-related project, or fun end of the year activity. Note, these resources are not STEM-specific and are intended for use in ANY career related course, project, unit, etc. Get Unit 1 and EVERYTHING you could ever need to implement a successful career planning program with my Ultimate Career Planning System!

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54 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source.


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