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Career Development Activities

Overview

Career Development Activities include 19 days of lesson plans designed to help a student discover specific information about himself or herself through awareness, self-knowledge, and education and occupation exploration. The broad goal of these 19 days is to help students begin to "figure out who they are while they decide what they want to become." (Source: U.S. Department of Labor - Finding One’s Way: Career Guidance for Disadvantaged Youth.)

Approved Lesson Plans

Awareness Activities
Approved lesson title and supporting resources.

CDA 1

The Dream
Lesson Plan1
Lesson Plan 2, UtahFutures Version
Resource: Personal Log: My Dream
Resource: Wish List
Resource: Wish Upon A Star

CDA 2

The World of Work
Lesson Plan 1
Lesson Plan 2
Resource: Sky-High Five Applied
Resource: The World of Work Presentation
Resource: Welcome to Career Pathways Presentation
Resource: What I Know About the World of Work

CDA 3

What's My Line
Lesson Plan, Real Game Version
Resource: Occupational Profiles, Real Game Version
Resource: Occupational Profiles, Real Game Version (Optional)
Resource: What's My Line Reflection Questions, Real Game Version
Resource: What's My Line Presentation, Real Game Version
Resource: Who Am I?, Real Game Version

Lesson Plan, Alternate Version
Resource: Occupational Profiles, Alternate Version
Resource: What's My Line Reflection Questions, Alternate Version
Resource: What's My Line Presentation, Alternate Version
Resource: Who Am I?, Alternate Version

CDA 4

Reality Check
Lesson Plan 1
Lesson Plan 2, UtahFutures Version
Resource: Monthly Budget
Resource: Reality Check Home Link

 

Self-Knowledge Activities
Approved lesson title and supporting resources.

CDA 5

Balancing Life Roles (Counselor Lesson)
Lesson Plan
Resource: Balancing Life Roles Overheads
Resource: The Time Evaluator
Resource: Using the Planning Pyramid to Reach Your Goals Home Link

CDA 6

Occupations Brainstorm
Lesson Plan
Resource: Career Interest Area Poster for Realistic
B&W | Color
Resource: Career Interest Area Poster for Investigative
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Resource: Career Interest Area Poster for Artistic
B&W | Color
Resource: Career Interest Area Poster for Social
B&W | Color
Resource: Career Interest Area Poster for Enterprising
B&W | Color
Resource: Career Interest Area Poster for Conventional
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CDA 7

Connecting Personality to Pathways (Counselor Lesson)
Lesson Plan
Resource: Career Investigation...Connecting Personality to Career Clusters
Resource: Connecting Personality to Pathways Overheads
Resource: Occupation Cards
Resource: Personality Cards
Resource: Utah Pathways Crosswalk Poster

CDA 8

Identifying Abilities and Talents
Lesson Plan
Resource: Abilities and Talents Presentation
Resource: Abilities and Talents Home Link
Resource: The Arithmetic of Success

CDA 9

Understanding Learning Styles (Counselor Lesson)
Lesson Plan
Resource: Learning Styles Presentation
Resource: Learning Styles Assignment
Resource: Learning Styles Assignment Example
Resource: Learning Styles Practical Suggestions
Resource: Learning Styles Student Self Assessment Grid

CDA 10

Recognizing Values and Career Preferences
Lesson Plan
Resource: What Are My Values? Presentation
Resource: Big Points Game
Resource: Rate Your Values Worksheet
Resource: Values Game Cards

CDA 11

Discovering Career Interests and Career Pathways
Lesson Plan
Resource: IDEAS Assessment

CDA 12

Nontraditional Careers
Lesson Plan
Resource: Nontraditional Careers Definition
Resource: Nontraditional Careers and Pathways Worksheet
Resource: Nontraditional Careers Video MP4 |WMV
Lesson Plan, Alternate Version
Resource: Nontraditional Careers Career List, Alternate Version
Resource: Nontraditional Careers Investigation Worksheet, Alternate Version
Resource: Nontraditional Careers Women/Men Signs, Alternate Version

 

Education Occupation Exploration Activities
Approved lesson title and supporting resources.

CDA 13

21st Century Career Skills
Lesson Plan
Resource: 21st Century Skills Relay
Resource: 21st Century Skills Relay Answer Key
Resource: 21st Century Skills Sort Cards

CDA 14

Understanding Group Behaviors and Attitudes (Counselor Lesson)
Lesson Plan
Resource: Team Building Presentation
Resource: Teamwork Rating Sheet
Resource: T-shirt Handout

CDA 15

Developing Positive Employment Traits
Lesson Plan
Resource: A Stellar Performance
Resource: Developing Positive Employment Traits Overheads
Resource: Developing Positive Employment Traits Presentation
Resource: Letter of Recommendation
Resource: Newspaper Article 
Resource: Occupation Cards
Resource: Student Resume
Resource: The Condition of College and Career Readiness Presentation

CDA 16

Increasing Career Options Through Education/Lifelong Learning (UtahFutures Lesson)
Lesson Plan
Resource: Bobilator Presentation
Resource: Bobilator Decision Sheet
Resource: Bobilator Decision Sheet

CDA 17

Searching for Occupations
Lesson Plan
Resource: Group Activity Sheet
Resource: If I Became...
Resource: Occupation Research Reflection Questions

CDA 18

Making Informed Career Choices (Counselor Lesson)
Lesson Plan 1
Lesson Plan 2
Resource: Assertiveness Inventory
Resource: Charting Your Future
Resource: Making Informed Career Choices Overheads

CDA 19

Plan for College and Career Ready (Counselor Lesson)

Lesson Plan 1
Lesson Plan 2
Resource: Plan for College and Career Ready Jeopardy
Resource: Plan for College and Career Ready Presentation

CDA General Resources
Approved lesson title and supporting resources.

Resource: Charting Your Future
Resource: Glossary
Resource: Glossary Presentation
Resource: Glossary Worksheet

Additional Resources

Contact Information
Career Development Activities
Sherry Marchant, Specialist
CTE Introduction
Phone: (801) 538-7594
Fax: (801) 538-7868 | sherry[dot]marchant[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(E-mail)