Lindsay Griffin
Life Skills, Career and Technical Education
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
High School
9, 10, 11, 12
Career Exploration
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Education Standards

Achieve Success through Career Exploration


Students will complete an activity from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics website.  "Choosing a Career" encourages students to research careers among the 580+ careers listed in the Occupational Outlook Handbook.  After conducting research, students will interview someone working in that career field and create a written report on what they have learned.  If time permits, students may present their findings to the class. 

Career Research

The requirements for this lesson are included at

Students have access to the student link in their task or you may print a copy.  Instruct students on how to use the Occupational Outlook Handbook website to gather their information.  Print and provide a copy of the attached handout to students for taking notes. 

"What do you want to be when you grow up?"  You have been asked this question since you were very little.  Now, you are in high school and are very close to being this person you dreamed about when you were younger.  

Your task is to research at least three occupations using the Occupational Outlook Handbook.  This is where you should start to learn about careers.  You are welcome to dig further into other resources.   Directions for this task are included in the link attached to this task.  

Use the attached handout to gather your research.   


Students will conduct interviews with individuals working in their career field of interest.  Assist students in finding individuals to interview, if needed. 

Choose one of the careers that you just researched.  Find someone with a job in the career field you are interested in and interview him/her.  Use the questions from the activity link as a foundation for your interview.  They were also included on your handout.  You are welcome and encouraged to come up with additional questions on your own to learn more about the career. 


Instruct students to summarize what they have learned during this career exploration activity.  Review the expectations for the written report and discuss the procedures for submitting their work.  If time permits, students may share their reports with the class. 

Componse a written report of your findings for the three careers that you researched.  Also include what you learned during the interview.  Assess whether you would choose that career.  Your report can be created on Google Docs or Microsoft Word using Times New Roman, size 12 font with double spacing. Print and submit your report.