So, as I said earlier, I have been working on a small career lesson for my 8th graders. I found some awesome videos to use, and I was stumped trying to avoid yet another assessment to tell the babies what they must be when they grow up. Those things still make me nervous when I take them recreationally, and I am actually in my meant-for-me profession; I can’t imagine how it must make them feel. Granted, if presented correctly (which I think I’m still working on), I understand kids can get the point that career assessments are meant to simply explore the broader idea of what they might like. But in the age of so many serious tests and exams, I can’t imagine they would be able to relax enough to not feel like they would be banished from all educational rights if they answer incorrectly. Luckily, I found this really cool diagram from Willo O’brien (which turns out is actually a pretty inspirational and cool bog too):
I’ve seen this before, but I thought this version was especially appealing. I remade it by middle-school-izing the verbiage and adding blanks so that they could fill in the information. You can get the PDF of the Career diagram by clicking the jpeg below, or you can snip the image to re-size if you’d like!
Now I just have to cross all of my fingers and toes that I can get the point across to a classroom of pre-teens before the 8th grade minds start to joke about my using the words “sweet spot.” I’ll have to work fast.