If you’re a middle school career readiness teacher, chances are one of the first topics you plan to teach is career exploration.But other than a few lines in your course standards, you likely have little direction on why it's important or how to actually teach it!
As a curriculum developer, we provide career exploration lessons and activities as part of our career readiness curriculum. However, our solution may not be the best fit for everyone.
Some teachers are only looking for a supplemental resource specifically focused on career exploration -- not a full-fledged career readiness curriculum.
To help you find the resources that best fit your needs, we’ve compiled a list of other popular options.
Four of the best middle school career exploration lesson plans are:
Career Exploration Planning Bundle from Carol Miller
Career Exploration Webquest from Abundant Teaching
Career Exploration Lesson Plan from BizWorld.org
Career Planning Lessons from Money Instructor
In this post, we’ll discuss why career exploration lesson plans are important, what is included with each of these resources, and where they work best.
Students are often bombarded with decisions that need to be made, which hinge on a specific career path. How can they know what courses to take in high school for a future educational goal, if they haven’t explored career options available to them?
“How do we expect young people to dream if they don’t know what they can dream about?”
That’s what America’s Promise Alliance asks on their website when talking about why career exploration matters. They also explore more in-depth reasons, such as:
Gives young people broader exposure to the working world they will one day enter
Improves academic performance
Improves the attitudes of young people about their career possibilities
Increases students’ knowledge of career options
Allows students to more easily envision how they fit successfully into the working world
Encourages students to plan their high school courses of study carefully to gain the skills they will need
Now that you've learned more about why choosing quality career exploration lesson plans is critical to the success of your students, let's explore some of the best options for teaching career exploration in your classroom.
1. Career Exploration Planning Bundle from Carol Miller