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Career Exploration Resources

Resources, tools and lessons that support exploration, investigation, planning by students K-12 as they develop career awareness, soft skills needed in careers and make plans for post high-school that could include enrollment in a post-secondary institution, enlistment in the service, employment in a position that provides income and support for a successful future.

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Achieve Success through Career Exploration
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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. 

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Life Skills
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Lindsay Griffin
Date Added:
08/14/2019
Aerospace Engineer
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Fly into high-tech career exploration as you learn about careers with satellites, airplanes and flying cars of the future!
See the Lab Squad kids’ report for this career in Support Materials +

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Material Type:
Audio/Video
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Date Added:
04/16/2024
American School Counselor Association Student Standards: Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success
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The ASCA Student Standards: Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success describe the knowledge, attitudes and skills students need to achieve academic success, college and career readiness and social/emotional development. The standards are based on a survey of research and best practices in student achievement from a wide array of educational standards and efforts.

Subject:
Guidance and Counseling
Practitioner Support
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Date Added:
08/31/2022
American School Counselor Association Student Standards: Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success Learning Objectives
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This database provides learning objectives aligned with the American School Counselor Association Student Standards: Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success

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Guidance and Counseling
Practitioner Support
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Date Added:
08/31/2022
Army
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Fill out this form to receive answers to questions you may have about the Army, and a recruiter will be in touch to help you out shortly; no commitment necessary.

Subject:
Guidance and Counseling
Practitioner Support
Material Type:
Interactive
Author:
U.S. Army
Date Added:
08/31/2022
Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government
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Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government, a service of the Government Publishing Office (GPO), is designed to inform students, parents, and educators about the Federal Government through it's online library, learning adventures, and games.

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Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson
Date Added:
02/14/2022
Biochemical Engineering | Engineering Your Future
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Tara works in aerospace materials research for the U.S. Air Force. She helps create the new composite materials used to build America’s cutting-edge military aircraft. Meet Tara and learn more about careers in biochemical engineering. Engineering Your Future shares real stories from young professionals who want to inform and inspire students about in-demand engineering careers.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Engineering
Science
Material Type:
Audio/Video
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
Engineering Your Future
Date Added:
04/17/2024
Biomechanical Engineering | Engineering Your Future
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Biomechanical engineering is the study of biomechanics, ranging from the inner workings of a cell to the movement and development of limbs, to the mechanical properties of soft tissue, and bones. Learn about this important medical engineering field. Engineering Your Future shares real stories from young professionals who want to inform and inspire students about in-demand engineering careers.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Engineering
Science
Material Type:
Audio/Video
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
Engineering Your Future
Date Added:
04/17/2024
Biomedical Engineering | Engineering Your Future
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Biomedical engineers solve problems in medical research for the improvement of health care. Biomedical engineers must have training in anatomy, physiology, and medicine, AND engineering. Learn about this important medical engineering field. Engineering Your Future shares real stories from young professionals who want to inform and inspire students about in-demand engineering careers.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Engineering
Science
Material Type:
Audio/Video
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
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Engineering Your Future
Date Added:
04/17/2024
BizKid$
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This site provides an interactive game that explains business vocabulary in more kid-friendly terms. Students make career decisions to save, earn interest, and move to each level. They are also given advice from other characters in the game. Complexity of the game and vocabulary may be more applicable for older elementary students.

Subject:
Business and Administrative Services
Career and Technical Education
Financial Literacy
Material Type:
Game
Interactive
Date Added:
12/21/2021
CIA Spy Kids
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This website helps students understand what the Central Intelligence Agency does and how they do it. It provides links to help students learn about the CIA, the various jobs available in the CIA, and how to become a CIA expert. It also provides fun stories and games.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Lesson
Reading
Date Added:
02/14/2022
Career Aisle
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This website brings an abundance of career education and job shadowing videos to your computer, tablet or mobile device! These videos provide insight into a wide array of professions, as students plan the pathway that best suits them.

Subject:
21st Century Skills
Arts
Business and Communication
Career and Technical Education
Computer Science
Financial Literacy
Life Skills
Material Type:
Interactive
Lesson
Simulation
Date Added:
02/14/2022
Career Bingo
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This BINGO activity helps students become familiar with careers related to agriculture. They can match careers with definition of jobs. It also provides discussion questions, as well as other related activities, to help students learn even more about these careers.

Subject:
21st Century Skills
Career and Technical Education
Life Skills
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Date Added:
02/14/2022
Career Clusters
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In this lesson, students will be able to complete a Venn diagram to learn about various occupations and identify skills and interests that align with their career preference. In addition, students will complete a worksheet that includes follow-up questions to assess their career path based on the Venn diagram.

The Cleveland Fed is part of the Federal Reserve, the central bank of the United States. With offices in Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh, we serve an area that comprises Ohio, western Pennsylvania, eastern Kentucky, and the northern panhandle of West Virginia. The goal of our work is to strengthen the economic performance of the nation and our region. Learn more about us and what we do.

Subject:
21st Century Skills
Leadership and Responsibility
Material Type:
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
Date Added:
06/09/2023
Career Connections: Accounting/Auditor
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Learn about a tax accounting career from a senior manager of a firm that prepares tax returns for clients, audits their business plans and finances, and helps them stay compliant with current tax laws.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Material Type:
Audio/Video
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
Career Connections
Date Added:
11/06/2023
Career Connections: Advanced Manufacturing Engineer
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An advanced manufacturing engineer is involved in developing complete automation systems for the auto industry. This includes computer-controlled mechanical systems and robotic assembly, machines.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Material Type:
Audio/Video
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
Career Connections
Date Added:
12/01/2022
Career Connections: Advertising Director
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The founder and president of an advertising, design, and marketing agency talks about how his work is enriched by his cross-cultural experiences, his knowledge of more than one language, and his passion for what he does.

Subject:
Career and Technical Education
Material Type:
Audio/Video
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
Career Connections
Date Added:
04/11/2021