World events can impact future career
options for today's young people. Students may not always make the
between events they hear about and the future of various occupations.
activity uses current events in the news to spark discussion about
and career outlooks.
- Access to Choices Explorer
One or two days before class,
ask students to pay particular attention to the world news in the
on television or even on Internet news sites. Let them know that in the
session, the class will have two rounds of discussion, with each
their ideas about world events and their impact on career options.
- Ask students to form a discussion circle.
- Have each student briefly outline what news sources they
reviewed in preparation
for the class, before offering one positive and one negative recent
event they have been following.
- In the second round of discussion, have each student
propose a career
that they think would be affected -- positively or negatively -- by one
the events raised by the class in the first round.
- You or a student can keep track of the careers on the
board. When everyone
has participated with their observations and thoughts, ask students to
to their desks and review the list of careers on the board. Have them
a list, putting these careers in order from "most likely to change" to
likely to change."
- Ask students to tell the class which careers were at the
top of their
list, and explain why they placed the careers in that order. Do other
agree or disagree? Why?
- Have students use Choices Explorer to research the careers
at the top and bottom of
their list. After this research, has their opinion of the various
As part of the preparatory
research, have students ask a parent or other older person if they know
careers that have been changed by world events in their lifetime.
can share their findings during the second round of discussion.