Governor's Institute for Career Education and Work
Bridges to Careers – Activity 2 – Job Skills


Governor’s Institute for Career Education and Work Activity

by Jane Graeff, Robert Allison and William Turbitt


Bridges to Careers – Activity 2 – Job Skills

Standards Addressed
  • 13.1 G Explain why training/education is important to meet career goals.
Brief Overview By interviewing three workers outside the school setting, the students will determine what skills are needed for that specific occupation and how those academic skills are being used on the job. Students will compare and contrast required educational preparation and the professional level of each worker.
Grade Level 5th
Content Area(s) All academic areas.
Other standards supported 1.6.5 E
Prep Time 10 minutes.
Implementation Time 40 minutes for initial class. Two additional 40 minute classes for presentations.
Learning Objectives The students will be able to explore specific job skills and understand why education is important in meeting career goals. The students will practice communication skills and understand the interview process and the importance of courtesy in the interview process. The students will understand the concept of education and advanced degree choices and its impact on career advancement. The students will participate in small and large group discussions and presentations, conduct interviews and deliver research reports.
Materials Needed Three photocopies of Interview Process Worksheet adapted from Activity worksheet #3-2 in Bridges to Careers-Elementary School-Kindergarten to Grade 5.
Detailed Activity Steps
  1. Discuss the importance of what is learned in school and how it relates to the world of work.
  2. Discuss the concept of furthering one’s education and its impact on the various levels of the chosen profession.
  3. Explain to students that they are to identify three workers; i.e. family members, extended family members, neighbors, close family friends to interview using the photocopied Interview Process Worksheet as a guide.
  4. Distribute worksheets and review questions. Explain that the students are to make a presentation to the class when interviews are completed. Set due date.
  5. During presentation students will review how education in 5 academic areas helped develop the skills necessary to meet career goals. Students will compare and discuss levels of training and their effect on career advancement.
Theory basis Trait and Factor Theory
  • Award 25 points for completion of worksheet.
  • Award 25 points for completion of presentation.
  1. Discuss courtesy and respect when conducting interview.
  2. Stress that students should not interview strangers.
Enhancement Activities Students will ask interviewee for a tool, piece of uniform or equipment related to their career to use in creating a classroom display.
Adaptation for at risk kids May interview a school employee such as a teacher, nurse, secretary, custodian, or cafeteria worker.

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