Career Exploration for Students – Elementary School
Source: Adapted from National Career Development Association
- Pay attention to the activities your child likes, books read, shows watched, or how he or she spends free time. Talk about related careers.
- When your child says, “I want to be a _____when I grow up”, ask them to describe that career. Help them to think of related careers.
- Use clip art to create career coloring pages for your child.
- Ask your child to define success. Ask what are ways to be successful.
- Purchase coloring books that highlight career areas.
- Starts a discussion with the statement: “What’s more valuable – time or money?”
- Discuss what activities your child likes or dislikes and why.
- Talk about your job(s).
- Talk about the jobs of relatives and family friends.
- Create a family career tree together.
- Have your child compare skill learned to chores done at home. How do they relate? How are they different?
- While paying bills, explain the jobs/services associated with various companies.
- Explain budgeting, and help your child create a budget.
- Create a daily activities time chart. How does that compare to a work day?
- As you watch TV with your child discuss the jobs/careers the characters have.
- Take your child to your work site.
- Research careers together on the internet.
- Visit college campuses on family vacations.
- Take field trips to companies or organizations that promote tours of their facilities.
- Encourage your child to create career posters or poems to enter into the NCDA Poster and Poem Contest. See www.ncda.org.